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The rally wheels are not steel wheels either. Like the Braid Acropolis, lightweight aluminum, exceptionally strong.
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Have any suggestions on how far over the load rating the wheels should be for an offloading application?
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Have any suggestions on how far over the load rating the wheels should be for an offloading application?
Well that's the big Q!

Rally wheels would be awesome, Braid wheels are not that pricey in the smaller sizes.

There is astoundingly little useful info on wheels, unlike tires. Subaru does not publish the load rating of the wheels but it is apparently in the ballpark of the stock tire of each model.

So, that means 1,700+lb for me. Most wheels offered by TR came with ratings in the 1200-1400 range, 1200 being the minimum TR would sell (1/4 of GVWR). The RP03 are 1530. Now, the stamps on the wheels are by bolt pattern and that becomes an even more complicated question.

The Method rally wheels, which are 24 lb in 17" size, are in the 1800lb range, I think. They look great and are somewhat popular with Subarus but do not save any weight over stock wheels.

A guy on the OB forum just got lightweight Drag wheels from Discount Tire for his KO2s. They assured him that the Drag wheels would be fine offroad. Drag are cheap wheels that emphasize looks. I chose Enkei Racing due to rigorous manufacturing and testing procedures.

I guess we are all on our own when it comes to wheel decisions. I have done enough on the RP03 without issues.
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Not sure it is still true but steel wheels used to notoriously not balanced and or straight, especially Subie ones.
Alloys are spun cast so have to be. Motorcross and offroad bikes and only have alloy wheels. Only have alloys ( carefully chosen) for decades and only ever had a problem once, where a steel wheel would have been just as dead as the alloy one. Alloy gets it strength from shape and thickness so is stiffer ( and admittedly more likely to ultimate fail) but the load to destroy them will do the same to a steel wheel. Steel wheels also crack ( there is a pic of one on this forum somewhere). The welds also fail ( they are all welded). In a nutshell steel wheels ahve no substantial advantage over well designed and made alloy ones. Just chose carefully
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