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Old 01-26-2009, 08:15 AM   #11
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Default Re: Alcoa 16-inch Wheels

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steel wheels weigh about 31 pounds each. the Alcoas weigh about 21 pounds each. For the RV market, 40 pounds of weight savings is a big deal when your weight is close max GVW.

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the alcoa wheels we are talking about weigh in at 16,9 pounds. if your statement about the ncv3 3500 steel wheels is accurate, that makes the weight savings of almost half on the rims alone.

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Old 01-28-2009, 12:46 AM   #12
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Default Re: Alcoa 16-inch Wheels

Yes, Alcoa says the wheels weigh 16.9 lbs. each. It is listed in their brochure. They also say a set of 4 ships at 85 lbs., which is what I used to calculate the weight of 21 each. The steel wheels I took a guess at. I don't have any 3500 wheels here to weight, though I do have quite a few 2500 steel wheels and they weigh 32 lbs..

The Alcoa brochure says their wheels weigh 12 pounds each less than the steel, which would put them at 28.9 lbs. The 3500 wheels have more open space in the center and are an inch narrower than the 2500 steels, so that must account for a couple of pounds It's hard to believe the Alcoa forged wheels have the strength to hold up the Sprinter, but they do.

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Old 01-28-2009, 09:28 PM   #13
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Question Re: Alcoa 16-inch Wheels

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any idea what one of the steel wheels weighs?

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Me thinks I saw that it's about 16lbs...Gene
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Old 02-24-2010, 03:12 PM   #14
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Default Re: Alcoa 16-inch Wheels

I spoke to a local distributor about pricing on a set of 6 wheels for my '08 dually. He told me to order 4 of the Alcoa wheels and use the steel wheels on the insides of the rear since the dual aluminum wheels will not fit on the short studs. Anyone have any exerience with this? The main reason I am wanting to go with the Alcoa's is the stock look, lighter weight and most importantly, the overall polished appearance of the wheel. I would go with the liners, but want the "real deal". When I get pricing on the 4 wheels, I will post back.

Here's my issue with my dually...




Aside from cleaning massive amounts of brake dust at each rotation, the center portion of the wheels is getting ugly from rust on the hub. The paint is wearing off the rim and generally, looks rather ugly. This is my best side and easiest to photograph this morning.

My concerns are, how would rotating 6 wheels with four of them being aluminum work? Do the inner rears get swapped from left to right on the same axle while the aluminum outers get swapped like on a car? Or do the tires need to be removed from the rims and remounted to achieve a proper 6 wheel rotation?

My neighbor has a new F-350 pick'em up truck with those huge "big rig" style alcoas on his. He has a dually with 6 aluminum wheels. I approached him regarding issues with brake dust deterioration and marring of the face of the wheel from inner hub contact. His response was that he hadn't done a rotation yet.

What do you peeps think?
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Old 02-24-2010, 05:42 PM   #15
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Default Re: Alcoa 16-inch Wheels

I have 4 Alcoa wheels on my 08 3500. You can only use 4 (2 on outer rear). The only rotation I do is to swap the fronts. The rears seem to wear pretty evenly. I did the same on my old E-350 dual wheel for 135,000 miles with no problem with uneven rear tire wear.
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Old 02-25-2010, 02:55 AM   #16
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Do you have any close up shots of your wheels?
Thanks for the clarification too!
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Old 02-26-2010, 12:04 AM   #17
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Default Re: Alcoa 16-inch Wheels

Is anyone interested in trying to get a group-buy going for Alcoa wheels? I have the phone number of the man in charge at Alcoa. If you are interested, let me know. I am pretty sure the price can be much lower than what was quoted earlier in this thread by Les Schwab. If we get a good number of buyers we have some leverage. Post your interest here on this thread.. (if that is all right). Jim 509 941 7800 cell
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Old 02-26-2010, 02:59 AM   #18
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Default Re: Alcoa 16-inch Wheels

I just ordered 4 - 2 x 801/802 Polished, (was going to order 6 but was told to order only 4 - Alcoa/Airstream), which will take 5/6 weeks from AA Wheel & Truck Supply in Kansas City MO.

250800 $ 200.20
250801 $ 223.61
250802 $ 243.52

021120 $ 41.25
022120 $ 83.75

The prices do not include shipping.
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Old 02-26-2010, 08:37 AM   #19
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Default Re: Alcoa 16-inch Wheels

Excellent. Am looking forward to seeing some proper images of these wheels on Sprinters - we haven't had any on the forum yet.
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Default Re: Alcoa 16-inch Wheels

Here are some pictures of the polished Alcoa's standard on the 2010 Airstream
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