Alloy wheels

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  1. octopush

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    I have a peugeot boxer 2004 autocruiser starblazer G and would like to fit some alloy wheels to it.

    Can anyone tell me what wheels will fit.

    Is it a case of finding some the same size or do they need to be specific wheels for the weight of the van.

    Thanks Rob
     
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  2. TheBig1

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    there are both OEM and after market wheels available but they do have to be commercial vehicle grade and rated correctly to carry the heavy weight. there's been a few sets offered on ebay recently, but even second hand, they're not cheap.
     
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    They have to be load rated. Don't be tempted to just put any wheel on.
     
  4. Chockswahay

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    Just a thought, alloy wheels look sexy but they are very expensive to buy and maintain. Good old fashioned steel wheels are cheap and very tolerant to knocks and bangs, it is easy to knock out any dents etc. If you want sexy there are some quite nice wheel covers out there?
     
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    In addition to the last post.. very attractive to thieves..

    stick with the big ugly tough steel wheels.. (y)

    I've also read, don't know if true or not, that unless you buy high performance expensive alloys, they can be heavier than the steel counterparts..
     
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    WHY? They look flash!!! They dent like mad!!! They cost a bomb to buy!!!! They corrode with salt!! They need a complete set of special wheel nuts/bolts. They are heavy as hell for the needed strength to equal steel ones.!!
    I have had to replace two alloy wheels on my Fiesta at£117 + each following a pothole incursion that also cost two tyres.
     
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  7. C200JK

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    I have alloys on mine, on it when I bought it.
    Now corroding and lacquer peeling.
    About to refurbish them, I will post before and after pics.
     
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    I wish my van had steel wheels, like the above post the lacquer has peeled and they look naff. Also, they leak and I have to pump them up before any trip. So steel wheels for me from now on.
     
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    Alloys look nice. In THEORY they are lighter, and therefore reduce unsprung weight which should help the ride and roadholding.

    In practice I doubt anyone would notice any difference. And they have lots of drawbacks. My van and car have alloys but I would never through choice pay more to get them.
     
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  10. octopush

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    Thanks for the advice.

    I am going to stick with my steel wheels now.
     
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    Ours has alloys on it from when we got her, as said by others, lacquer peeling off now and the first time I took one off the van, it had seized onto the iron hub with that powdery white corrosion, had to go round and take the other 3 off whilst it was on the drive and copper slip the hubs. Having said all that, the underslung steel spare was in a terrible state and wasn't air tight so I had to get that blasted and powder coated. As had been mentioned earlier, you might need to change the wheel nut sizes, never considered it with mine till I tried to remove one with the supplied wheel wrench, which didn't fit, pleased it wasn't a puncture away from home.
    Next job is to take all 4 wheels off and get them powder coated but when's a good time as I use the van as my daily transport :(
    On the plus side, they do look nice and are slightly lighter.
     
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    I also forgot to mention that the side walls corrode causing slow punctures where the bead is disturbed.
     
  13. octopush

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    Yep have that problem with my car alloys
     
  14. C200JK

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    Removed mine today, MH now sat on axle stands.
    Will sandblast them, coat of etch primer, 2 coats silver and clear coat of lacquer.
    Makes them look like new again.
     
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    I had steel wheels on mine that were rusting and looked awful.
    I thought about buying alloys ,but as others have said , they cost a lot and when you come to sell your van they won't really add to the value.
    Mines fiat based and I bought a set of wheel trims that were fixed to the van by the wheel nuts .They look great can't be nicked without taking the wheel off ,and won't fall off on the way to wherever .
    I think the set of four cost £80 ish off ebay and the van looks so much better for little outlay.



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    I have a genuine question..... other than vanity what is the actual point of alloy wheels?
     
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    Had the same problem so took them to a local alloy wheel restorer, cost was £40 for all 4 wheels but saved the weekly chore of having to pump them up.
     
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    I think we all like our vehicles to look nice and alloys add to the appearance.
     
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    Ive got alloys, in fact four sets, one the m/h which is coming up to 10 years old, they are almost as good as new, no chips dents or peeling, they have never stuck, my 10 year old nissan has them they are good too, as are the orgianal fitted ones on the cmax with summer tyres on, the after market ones with winter tyres on ( still in garge as did not put the mon this year) they were ok last time I saw them.

    Alloys I love emm, steel wheels paaa:moon2::moon2::moon2::moon2::moon2::moon2::moon2:
     
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