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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-07-2018, 06:51 AM Thread Starter
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Towing with aftermarket wheels

I'm getting close to buying new tires and wheels for my rig. Are there any rims I should be avoiding for weight rating issues? I will be towing a travel trailer, around 10,000lbs loaded. Hoping my local discount tire place will know what I need but I wanted to check for myself before heading up there.

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-07-2018, 07:56 AM
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It is worth finding strong wheels. I cracked two raceline 18" wheels towing a 10k trailer 13k miles last summer with my LMM suburban.
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I would ensure that the load rating of the wheel is more than what is expected to be towed. Lots of horror stories on the web about custom/aftermarket wheels failing when pulling loads/loaded trailers due to towing beyond the limitations of the aftermarket wheels.

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And honestly the load ratings aren't accurate either, mine were supposedly rated for 3750 lbs...there is no way I loaded them that much. The reality is, most of the wheels out there are junk cast wheels from china. I'm hoping to find a nice set of forged or strong wheels for my next set. You get what you pay for.
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Solid info guys, thanks. I might just keep the stock 20s. They're plasti dipped so my finish will be shot. Better to re-dip than crack a new rim I guess. Thanks for the replies!

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I'm getting close to buying new tires and wheels for my rig. Are there any rims I should be avoiding for weight rating issues? I will be towing a travel trailer, around 10,000lbs loaded. Hoping my local discount tire place will know what I need but I wanted to check for myself before heading up there.
Are you inquiring about tires/wheels for your truck or trailer??

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And honestly the load ratings aren't accurate either, mine were supposedly rated for 3750 lbs...there is no way I loaded them that much. The reality is, most of the wheels out there are junk cast wheels from china. I'm hoping to find a nice set of forged or strong wheels for my next set. You get what you pay for.
Seeing as you don't have your sig filled in I don't know what year truck you drive, but my 2015 3500 srw stock wheels are built guess where....CHINA. I have no idea what the load capacity is cause it's not stamped anywhere. My after market Beast wheels are also made in china but are stamped 3750lbs. So place of origin makes no difference as to why your wheels are cracking. I haul 14,000lb 5iver & have not had issues with either wheel.

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Most of the aftermarket wheels you see are cast aluminum and not the quality of forged aluminum wheels. Quality forged wheels will have higher weight ratings and have less issues hauling weight. I've have cast wheels crack between the lug nuts and centers, sure the mfgr replaced them, but I never trusted them again.
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