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Does anyone have pics of the 20" chrome clad Bighorn Wheels without the wheel spats on? I'm a litte miffed to find out the chrome clad is actually a plastic cover! Just curious to see what the actual aluminum wheel looks like underneath.

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If you search on google, you should be able to find some photos of guys that have done it to their flower pedal wheels from the 3rd gens. I've seen alot of those with the covers off. Underneath is a hardened cement and grey aluminum. Some have polished them up. Be aware that the center caps won't fit the wheels anymore though.

I've began to like the plastic chrome clads though. While they are plastic, they clean up super easy, and you never have to worry about them corroding. And no one that sees the truck knows that they are plastic. Ofcourse, they have some disadvantages to a true chrome wheel. For the salty Wisconsin winters though, these have held up the best. Chrome wheels get eaten alive unless very high quality, and if any part of the clear coat on an aluminum wheel gets damaged, the salt eats away at those as well.
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I couldn't tell until I actually poked at one and the chrome flexed! I thought they were rigid aluminum wheels! I guess the benefits outweigh the plastic stereotype.
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The one major downside I've heard is water getting trapped behind the plastic and freezing in the winter and throwing the wheels off balance. I haven't experienced that though .... And I sure hope I don't.
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The first thing I did was to coat them in Optimum 2.0 and they are super easy to keep clean. It was another thing they did to reduce the weight to improve the MPG.
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Most other chrome on the truck except bumpers is chromed plastic. Mirror covers, emblems, grille door handles etc. Chrome clad wheels have been around a long time, GM and Ford have been using them for years as well as the RAMs since 2009 and they hold up well as long as you dont try to clean them with old school chrome polish or acid chrome cleaners.

Its really nothing to do with losing weight, its a LOT easier and cheaper to glue a chrome plastic cover over an unfinished aluminum wheel then it is to nicely finish an aluminum wheel and keep it looking good long term. Chromed aluminum is even harder and more expensive. Not to mention they can change wheel styling for very little money as compared to designing a whole new wheel.
The water freezing thing I dont know about, any wheel can get snow/mud packed in it and get thrown off balance. IMO if water can get in between the chrome cover and the wheel it can get out - its not like they hold water.
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