Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Seattle, WA
Own a Commander?: Yes
Model year: 2006
Trim Package: Limited
Power-Train: 5.7L V-8 Hemi
If 4WD - system: QD-II
Current Mileage: 60,000
What's your experience running steel wheels and rust?
I've been searching for Soft 8 style wheels in chrome, but can only find steel wheels like these Cragars
. I like them, but my tire guy insists steelies will rust and suggests polished aluminum (like these Ions
). But I really want to stick with chrome and the only soft 8s in chrome alum alloy I can find are these
which I absolutely love but appear to be discontinued.
Has anyone had steel wheels for 5+ years and what was your experience with rust?
(putting aside differences of steel vs alum alloy like weight, flexibility, ease of cleaning, etc). If I treat them well (assume no dings from rocks) can I reasonably get 10 rust-free years out of them?
Also if anyone knows of chrome alloy soft 8s being produced please share.
I should add that my XK is 50% daily driver and 50% road trips towing a camper. I expect future offroading if any to be be mild. I live near Seattle where conditions are wet, but I understand they don't salt the roads like in NJ where I used to live. XK is garaged when not driven.
2006 5.7L Hemi Limited | Steel Blue | Saddle Brown Leather Seats | Rocky Road 2.25" Lift | Ultra Motorsports 175 Wheels (17x8" +10mm offset) | 265/70/R17 Goodyear Duratracs | Yakima Mega Warrior Roof Rack | Curt 2" Hitch | Purchased August 2006