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Old December 31st 04, 04:33 PM
Fred Fartalot
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Default Do VW steel wheels or alloy wheels weigh more?


I am thinking of replacing the stock 16 inch steel wheels on my 2004 Golf
with 16 inch alloy RAVE wheels.

Will the new alloy wheels be heavier or lighter weight?

I asked the VW dealer last week and the 2 guys there argued about it and I
never got an answer and finally just left.

Thank you.


maybe the weigh exactly the same?....


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Old December 31st 04, 04:34 PM
Joseph Meehan
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Fred Fartalot wrote:
> I am thinking of replacing the stock 16 inch steel wheels on my 2004
> Golf with 16 inch alloy RAVE wheels.
>
> Will the new alloy wheels be heavier or lighter weight?
>
> I asked the VW dealer last week and the 2 guys there argued about it
> and I never got an answer and finally just left.
>
> Thank you.
>
>
> maybe the weigh exactly the same?....


I think that may depend on the particular alloy wheels you are talking
about. The idea behind the first alloy wheels is their reduced weight.
However I suspect that many today are heavier than the steel wheels they are
replacing.

Do consider that alloy wheels are more prone to damage and leaks than
steel wheels. If you are in a pothole area this can be an important issue.
One pothole and you may be looking for a new wheel. Finding a new one in a
few years to match the other three could be impossible.

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Old December 31st 04, 04:34 PM
Joseph Meehan
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Fred Fartalot wrote:
> I am thinking of replacing the stock 16 inch steel wheels on my 2004
> Golf with 16 inch alloy RAVE wheels.
>
> Will the new alloy wheels be heavier or lighter weight?
>
> I asked the VW dealer last week and the 2 guys there argued about it
> and I never got an answer and finally just left.
>
> Thank you.
>
>
> maybe the weigh exactly the same?....


I think that may depend on the particular alloy wheels you are talking
about. The idea behind the first alloy wheels is their reduced weight.
However I suspect that many today are heavier than the steel wheels they are
replacing.

Do consider that alloy wheels are more prone to damage and leaks than
steel wheels. If you are in a pothole area this can be an important issue.
One pothole and you may be looking for a new wheel. Finding a new one in a
few years to match the other three could be impossible.

--
Joseph Meehan

26 + 6 = 1 It's Irish Math


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Old December 31st 04, 05:04 PM
Nate Nagel
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Joseph Meehan wrote:

> Fred Fartalot wrote:
>
>>I am thinking of replacing the stock 16 inch steel wheels on my 2004
>>Golf with 16 inch alloy RAVE wheels.
>>
>>Will the new alloy wheels be heavier or lighter weight?
>>
>>I asked the VW dealer last week and the 2 guys there argued about it
>>and I never got an answer and finally just left.
>>
>>Thank you.
>>
>>
>>maybe the weigh exactly the same?....

>
>
> I think that may depend on the particular alloy wheels you are talking
> about. The idea behind the first alloy wheels is their reduced weight.
> However I suspect that many today are heavier than the steel wheels they are
> replacing.
>
> Do consider that alloy wheels are more prone to damage and leaks than
> steel wheels. If you are in a pothole area this can be an important issue.
> One pothole and you may be looking for a new wheel. Finding a new one in a
> few years to match the other three could be impossible.
>


They can, however be repaired if necessary. There's a shop near me that
fixed some really ugly lip damage on one of my GTI wheels for about $100
IIRC. They also restored some old BBS mesh wheels for me that had been
both bent and curb surfed for about $300 a pair.

nate

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Old December 31st 04, 05:04 PM
Nate Nagel
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Joseph Meehan wrote:

> Fred Fartalot wrote:
>
>>I am thinking of replacing the stock 16 inch steel wheels on my 2004
>>Golf with 16 inch alloy RAVE wheels.
>>
>>Will the new alloy wheels be heavier or lighter weight?
>>
>>I asked the VW dealer last week and the 2 guys there argued about it
>>and I never got an answer and finally just left.
>>
>>Thank you.
>>
>>
>>maybe the weigh exactly the same?....

>
>
> I think that may depend on the particular alloy wheels you are talking
> about. The idea behind the first alloy wheels is their reduced weight.
> However I suspect that many today are heavier than the steel wheels they are
> replacing.
>
> Do consider that alloy wheels are more prone to damage and leaks than
> steel wheels. If you are in a pothole area this can be an important issue.
> One pothole and you may be looking for a new wheel. Finding a new one in a
> few years to match the other three could be impossible.
>


They can, however be repaired if necessary. There's a shop near me that
fixed some really ugly lip damage on one of my GTI wheels for about $100
IIRC. They also restored some old BBS mesh wheels for me that had been
both bent and curb surfed for about $300 a pair.

nate

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replace "fly" with "com" to reply.
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Old December 31st 04, 05:56 PM
Woodchuck
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I can tell you this because I sold a VW 1.5 x 17 OEM alloy wheel which was
25lbs.

"Fred Fartalot" > wrote in message
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>
> I am thinking of replacing the stock 16 inch steel wheels on my 2004 Golf
> with 16 inch alloy RAVE wheels.
>
> Will the new alloy wheels be heavier or lighter weight?
>
> I asked the VW dealer last week and the 2 guys there argued about it and I
> never got an answer and finally just left.
>
> Thank you.
>
>
> maybe the weigh exactly the same?....
>




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Old December 31st 04, 05:56 PM
Woodchuck
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I can tell you this because I sold a VW 1.5 x 17 OEM alloy wheel which was
25lbs.

"Fred Fartalot" > wrote in message
ink.net...
>
> I am thinking of replacing the stock 16 inch steel wheels on my 2004 Golf
> with 16 inch alloy RAVE wheels.
>
> Will the new alloy wheels be heavier or lighter weight?
>
> I asked the VW dealer last week and the 2 guys there argued about it and I
> never got an answer and finally just left.
>
> Thank you.
>
>
> maybe the weigh exactly the same?....
>




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Old December 31st 04, 06:57 PM
Roger Brown
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Fred Fartalot wrote:
>
> I am thinking of replacing the stock 16 inch steel wheels on my 2004 Golf
> with 16 inch alloy RAVE wheels.
>
> Will the new alloy wheels be heavier or lighter weight?
>
> I asked the VW dealer last week and the 2 guys there argued about it and I
> never got an answer and finally just left.
>
> Thank you.
>
> maybe the weigh exactly the same?....


Weighed two 13" VW wheels:
13x4.5" steel 17.5 lb.
13x5" alloy 13.0 lb.

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Roger
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Old December 31st 04, 06:57 PM
Roger Brown
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Fred Fartalot wrote:
>
> I am thinking of replacing the stock 16 inch steel wheels on my 2004 Golf
> with 16 inch alloy RAVE wheels.
>
> Will the new alloy wheels be heavier or lighter weight?
>
> I asked the VW dealer last week and the 2 guys there argued about it and I
> never got an answer and finally just left.
>
> Thank you.
>
> maybe the weigh exactly the same?....


Weighed two 13" VW wheels:
13x4.5" steel 17.5 lb.
13x5" alloy 13.0 lb.

--
Roger
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Old December 31st 04, 08:30 PM
Rob Guenther
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My 15" Alloys on my GLS feel lighter then the 15" steels on my dad's CL...
but not by all that much.

Since when does a Golf come with 16" steel wheels? (Did you upgrade?).... I
didn't think they were even using 16" alloys unless you went with a GTI
model.

195/65 R15 is the typical tire size on a Golf - which would be fitted to a
15" rim.
"Fred Fartalot" > wrote in message
ink.net...
>
> I am thinking of replacing the stock 16 inch steel wheels on my 2004 Golf
> with 16 inch alloy RAVE wheels.
>
> Will the new alloy wheels be heavier or lighter weight?
>
> I asked the VW dealer last week and the 2 guys there argued about it and I
> never got an answer and finally just left.
>
> Thank you.
>
>
> maybe the weigh exactly the same?....
>



 




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