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Alcoa reveals next generation of lightweight aluminum wheels

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Alcoa Wheels introduced two new products featuring revolutionary technology at the 2022 TMC Meeting — the new Alcoa 22.5” x 8.25” wheel, ULT36x, and the lighter Alcoa 22.5” x 14” wheels, 84U61x and 84U64x. According to the company, the Alcoa ULT 36×22.5” x 8.25” wheel is 3 lbs. lighter than its predecessor, weighing just 36 lbs., and is equipped with proprietary MagnaForce alloy. Highlights Alcoa noted include:

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  • Savings of up to 0.9 gallons of fuel per 1,000 miles when converting from steel to aluminum on all positions;
  • Exceptional strength with a 7,400 lbs. load rating;
  • Alcoa advanced finishes High Polish and Mirror Polish;
  • Exclusive Alcoa Dura-Bright and Dura-Black surface treatments; and
  • Patent-pending wheel design.

The new Alcoa ULT36x wheel also features vHub Bore Technology, which reduces hub-to-wheel contact area by up to 64%, leaving less surface area for corrosion to form. In addition, it is offered with a unique valve access designed for ease of inflation and pressure checks in all positions. The system works with ATIS and HaloTire Inflator and brings both the inner and outer dual valve into the wheel well for improved access.

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The new ULT36x 22.5” x 14” is just 49 lbs., 3 lbs. lighter than its predecessor and made with proprietary MagnaForce alloy, the wheel provides a 12,800 lb. load rating.

Dual valve option

Alcoa Wheels’ wide base wheels are available with dual valves. Featuring a second valve stem, a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS)sensor can operate on one valve while air pressure is serviced on the other. No disruption due to equipment removal during airing up or maintenance means added peace of mind and optimum efficiency.

Alcoa dura-black surface treatment

The 22.5” x 14” wheel is offered with Alcoa’s proprietary Dura-Black surface treatment. Manufactured using proprietary technology and production processes specifically designed for appearance and durability, Alcoa Dura-Black wheels feature premium detailing in all aspects of the wheel design and production. Beyond the matte black surface, each wheel rim flange and mounting surface appear bright, and in contrast to the matte black face of the wheel. The bright rim flange provides increased protection during tire mounting and while in use out on the road. The bright disc face mounting surface provides protection when mounting and while in use on the rig, Alcoa noted.

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