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Billet Specialties WinLites for the street

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I'm considering using my Billet Specialties WinLites for my ride around tires this year. I'm not worried about the 17x10 rears but the overall light weight of the front rims concerns me a bit. I'll be using the MT Sportsman tire so I have no concerns w the tire, just the wheel. Do any of you guys use this same wheel(18x5) on the street? And have you had any issues with cracking or bending?
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I'm considering using my Billet Specialties WinLites for my ride around tires this year. I'm not worried about the 17x10 rears but the overall light weight of the front rims concerns me a bit. I'll be using the MT Sportsman tire so I have no concerns w the tire, just the wheel. Do any of you guys use this same wheel(18x5) on the street? And have you had any issues with cracking or bending?
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I would be concerned about turning with those skinnies. My Charger, on the street, didn't like any turns at higher speeds with them especially if wet.
 


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I would be concerned about turning with those skinnies. My Charger, on the street, didn't like any turns at higher speeds with them especially if wet.
I drove my car last year on skinnies all year without issues.
Just not the brand he’s talking about
 


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If it is what you want to do i wouldnt be concerned with it. I drive my drag set up to the track (25 miles). Myself for street driving I would rather have a wider front wheel
 


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The concern isn't about the tire. I already have the Sportsman on a different rim and have driven it a good bit. All this car really does is go to the local track occasionally and to some local cruise ins. I have beefier options if I were to make any sort of road trip. I've managed to own some mismatched stuff at this point and am considering using the Billet Specialties stuff as my local ride around wheels.

The 18x5 is a light wheel. It's built well and the design is such that I don't think I'll have any issues but I'd love to hear from someone that has had actual experience with this wheel on the street.
 


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I have not driven mine with the B/S Win Lites yet on the street. I'm going to limit it to just to and from the track.
Over 1200 lbs. on each front corner and a chuck hole may have you looking for a spare to get home. Maybe step up to a 6-7 in. wide with more load carrying capability.
I have seen 2 of the Welds fail on the street and it beat the car up pretty good.
 


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The concern isn't about the tire. I already have the Sportsman on a different rim and have driven it a good bit. All this car really does is go to the local track occasionally and to some local cruise ins. I have beefier options if I were to make any sort of road trip. I've managed to own some mismatched stuff at this point and am considering using the Billet Specialties stuff as my local ride around wheels.

The 18x5 is a light wheel. It's built well and the design is such that I don't think I'll have any issues but I'd love to hear from someone that has had actual experience with this wheel on the street.
I put about 500 miles on the 18” Winlites with M/T Sportsman tires under normal around town and freeway miles. No issues. They drive, steer and stop nice. The Winlite is a superior wheel. 0D076FFF-2E7A-4E6C-8797-B6F6F0AB0228.jpeg
 


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Mike,
The Weld Alumastar billet failures on the street is what brought me to ask about the WinLites. The hub design of the WinLite is much better for spreading load so I thought it should live better but thought it best to ask for real world experience.

Marc,
You are the type of responder I was hoping for. Good news or bad, it's always good to learn from other peoples' similar experiences. Thanks for letting me know you've had good luck with this setup.
 


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Mike,
The Weld Alumastar billet failures on the street is what brought me to ask about the WinLites. The hub design of the WinLite is much better for spreading load so I thought it should live better but thought it best to ask for real world experience.

Marc,
You are the type of responder I was hoping for. Good news or bad, it's always good to learn from other peoples' similar experiences. Thanks for letting me know you've had good luck with this setup.
I have not had a Weld in my hands to look at the design difference. Hopefully all goes well.
 


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I have not had a Weld in my hands to look at the design difference. Hopefully all goes well.
The center hub design of the Alumastar has some hard corners and is a lot smaller than the general hub area of the WinLite. It's pretty easy to see the issue. In Welds defense they do state that the Alumastar isn't for street use, whereas Billet Specialties says the WinLite is capable of being used on the street.
I ordered my 17x10 WinLite Beadlocks a little while ago(I was happy to learn that they have them in stock) so in a few days I should have the ride arounds ready to go. :)
 


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