1 alloy to steel swap= possible??

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jamesmetairie
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1 alloy to steel swap= possible??

Postby jamesmetairie » Sat Aug 25, 2018 5:24 pm

05 base Vibe.
hit a curb about a week ago. replaced bf goodrich t/a with a new one. now today noticed air pressure about 10 lb.
assuming sam,s club installed it properly, what,s the channce the rim is bent and unrepairable?

for now is it possible to buy a 16 inch steel wheel just to keep the car in service.
I shoulda bought a spare alloy along time ago.
thanks for any advice.

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Re: 1 alloy to steel swap= possible??

Postby zbyers » Mon Aug 27, 2018 5:23 am

Depends how bad you hit the curb. I'd take the wheel back and have them make sure it's not bent and that you have a solid bead and no hole in the new tire.

You could run a steel wheel instead of an alloy of the same size/tire size no issue.
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Re: 1 alloy to steel swap= possible??

Postby SeattleJeremy » Mon Aug 27, 2018 8:56 am

The stock 16" steel wheels and stock 16" alloy wheels have the same dimensions. Both steel and alloy wheels are reparable, but you may need to find a wheel repair place. Sam's club won't do that kinda work.
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Re: 1 alloy to steel swap= possible??

Postby joatmon » Tue Aug 28, 2018 3:33 am

The alloys and steelies use different lug nuts, so if you pick up a steel wheel, also pick up five compatible lug nuts for it

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Re: 1 alloy to steel swap= possible??

Postby zbyers » Tue Aug 28, 2018 3:42 am

joatmon wrote:The alloys and steelies use different lug nuts, so if you pick up a steel wheel, also pick up five compatible lug nuts for it


True. Totally forgot to mention that, and I thought of it too. It's funny that you get a steel spare donut, yet no conical lug nuts for it if it came with alloys!
Ruby- 03 Salsa, Ray[is]AWD- 04 Salsa AWD, Simon- 03 Silver "Faux by Four"
Raven- 03 Abyss GT, Neptune- 05 AWD, Robyn- 07 Stealth Gray Metallic, Mystic- 09 AWD

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