Anti-Rust Winter Wheels

Rolf Lockwood

Accuride is offering a five-year warranty against corrosion for its new EverSteel wheels, marketed as a must for fleets operating in ice and snow.

Traditional steel wheels need to be refinished about every three years to maintain performance and appearance. By delaying the onset of corrosion for up to eight years, Accuride says its EverSteel coating extends the usable life of the wheel prior to initial refinishing.

Accuride says its EverSteel product enables customers to save as much as $105 in refinishing and maintenance costs, as well as the downtime associated with taking wheels out of service.  

The company says independently-performed cyclic corrosion testing (GM9540P) showed that EverSteel wheels demonstrate six times longer life than its North American and offshore competitors and double the operational life of its own Steel Armor steel wheels.

EverSteel wheels use a four-step treatment process:

* A metal surface treatment is applied to the bare steel to protect it from harsh daily wear and tear

* This is followed by a zinc phosphate pre-treatment that prepares the metal for maximum adhesion

* Then an enhanced cathodic epoxy electrocoat optimized for sharp-edge and overall corrosion protection is applied

* Lastly, Accuride’s Steel Armor premium powder top coat is applied.

The new technology is available initially on two Accuride 22.5 x 8.25 steel wheels: 50408 (2 hand-hole) and 50487 (5 hand-hole). The wheels are available now in white, black, and grey.

Rolf Lockwood

Rolf Lockwood is editor emeritus of Today's Trucking and a regular contributor to Trucknews.com.

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