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Anybody here have issues with balancing the Wheelers Off Road steel wheels? I was researching the black steel wheels, and I found another forum. Several people complained of balancing issues, and one complained of the wheels not being perfectly round. Thoughts or experiences?
 

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Craigar soft 8s are another option
 

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Remember yogi....Those steel wheels are going to be heavier than your stock rims. That means more wear & tear on your brake pads etc.
 

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I'm gonna qoute myself here

TacoDell said:
Liked mine... wheeled them hard.
never had issue with balancing them.
tho' I did balance using sticky weights
on both sides, (outer center chunk's 1st flat surface)

chose to do it that way
because kept rubbing off the standard pound on bead weights :(

Painted the ugly sticky weights black...
guess it worked for me... or I didn't care.
but they weren't extremely obvious.
Best thing... never lost a balance weight ever again ;)

I do recommend balancing the tire/wheel combo
using a lug centric backing plate.

The common spin balance using cones may work...
But it is possible for the tech to use an incorrect
cone size on some wheels and fubar the balance somewhat.
It is just better to use a lug centric backing plate
when spin balancing for the 1st gen Tacoma.
The odd ball 1st gen Tacoma are lug centric
and not hub centric like the later models.

I did fubar a wheel bead a little once when
aired down and hammer'd into a rock.
Held air tho'... and later I had that hammered back to near true by a wheel smith.

They worked great for years and up until I decided to swap out to some alloys.

And again... I bought into Wheeler's ingenuity
and their specifications of wheel off set.

This round going with the ProComp 8069-6883.
^ that was the alloy wheel that Wheeler's offered for years.
But recently had a falling out with ProComp.
So I figured out which alloy wheel was engineered by Wheeler's and built by ProComp.
Bought them elsewhere.

btw... the black steelies Wheeler's sells
are in fact ProComp made...
But Wheeler's requested a specific off set
to fit the 1st gen Tacoma.

Wheeler's still offers the steel wheels but no longer offer the alloys for sale.
Curious as to where yer reading so much negative comment ?
After 4 road trips to Moab (and shit ton of other trails) wheeling the piss outta muh junk (15-8 psi)
I never had issue keeping them balanced. (owned '06-'12)
Even a bent wheel (re-trued) didn't cause issue.

Far as keeping them purdy...
I just used a gloss black touch up paint marker (hobby store) on the rash...
primarily the wheel bead(s), as the surface paint of the wheels seemed to hold up fine.
^ painted the sticky wheel weights using the same method.

A tire with a built in bead protector might have helped
minimize bead rash... but not the tires I had back then.

The only negative thing for me... (could happen with any wheel tho')
is that when aired down... if dirt got into the bead some...
then the tires might begin to leak air pressure slowly.
Cleaning up that dirty bead seal would often require dismounting to do.
* A tire with built in bead protection might have helped keep the beads cleaner.
^ well, just one other snivel...
if any rash is not repainted... rust will occur.


They are slightly heavier then some alloy wheels...
but it wasn't a concern or very noticeable for me, that I remember.

The fact that they always got me home after extensive abuse...
always made me smile.

Another user here bought muh used Wheeler's steelies w tires...
and I have yet to hear any complaint from him. :dunno:



again... good luck with your choice Brandon.
 

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FWIW, I have seen stock alloys take a beating better than my steelies. My wheelers-b steel wheels got the outer lip bent super easy. But I fixed that with a new set of craiger soft 8s with some rim stiffeners welded in. I have seen lots of bent up steel wheels but never seen a OEM Toyota alloy fail.
 

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FWIW, I have seen stock alloys take a beating better than my steelies. My wheelers-b steel wheels got the outer lip bent super easy. But I fixed that with a new set of craiger soft 8s with some rim stiffeners welded in. I have seen lots of bent up steel wheels but never seen a OEM Toyota alloy fail.
No wheel is impervious to rock damage.

I've seen the oem alloys with the bead broken off..
hard to keep air in the tire without the bead.
And once it bends... can't field repair it either.

steel wheels can be hammer'd somewhat back into shape,
in the field, to hold air.
Might be the difference of getting off the trail.

But true IMO as well... alloy's are generally better at staying round/true.
strong enough for most trail work...
fail rarely, unless abused or a mishap occurs
 

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I have wheeler's steelies. Never had any balancing issues.
 

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I just balanced a brand new one yesterday. Took 2 oz on the outside and 1.5 on the inside. Smallest weights I've ever seen on an off road tire.
 

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Discussion Starter #11 (Edited)
Thanks for the replies! I am still up in the air about wheels. I've got it down to the wheelers 15" type B, or the Mickey Thompson classic II in black. The only thing I don't like about the MT is the 3 and 5/16 back space.
 
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