Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: The Southwest
Own a Commander?: Yes
Model year: 2008
Trim Package: Overland
Power-Train: 5.7L V-8 Hemi
If 4WD - system: QD-II
Current Mileage: 79000
18" Casino Chrome-Clad Quality/Construction Question
Upon inspecting the Overland's 18" Casino Chrome-Clad wheels I question their quality. From the backside it's clear that these are not solid one-piece wheels. It seems as though a solid aluminum wheel is bonded to a chrome plated hub-cap style fascia. At first I thought the wheel, the spare, was of a cheaper construction than the main wheels. No, all five are of identical construction.
You can clearly see this two-piece design from the backside where a foam filler is visible between gaps in the fascia and the solid wheel. I can't determine the material on the fascia; is it a plastic, or also a plated aluminum?
Being clearly a person that keeps his vehicles for at least 10 years, I am concerned about the longevity of these wheels in winter, mud, water, heat, UV, and dust.
Anyone know anything more about the anatomy of these "Casino" wheels?
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