I know this question has been asked to death, but I was wondering if you guys could help me out.
In August 2009, I became the proud owner of a RAV4 Limited ('09), and with the purchase of the vehicle I received an additional set of (steel) rims which is what I was going to use for the winter.
For the past 3 winters I have been doing the switch between steel winters and alloy otherwise. I am not too keen on the ride difference when switching to the steel rims, however if it means further protection from salt, sand, slush, snow, and grand canyon size potholes (seriously, if you've ever been to Montreal you will know what I am talking about), then I will take the pain for long lasting pleasure.
BUT, I was thinking I could lessen the ride difference blow by switching to one type of rim, either alloy all the time, or steel all the time. They both carry their pros and cons; pro for steel being durability, con being heavier feel than alloys; whereas for alloy the reverse is applicable - especially when it comes down to durability. My sister in law has a 2007 or 2008 Lexus IS 250 AWD, and has already had rim issues with her alloys which she uses all year round - then again my brother likes to drive the living **** out of it, so in conjunction with the lunar type craters, that really doesn't help.
If I stick to my steel rims, either all the time, or just the winter, here is what they look like at present:
Should I change the nuts, even though a dealership here in Ottawa says they are fine - the nuts were a mandatory purchase when I first got the winters put on (at a garage in Montreal where the tires are being stored), as I did not know the nuts from my alloys wouldn't work. What about the end caps - same dealership here in Ottawa is charging 45 per (date 03-apr-2012).
Thanks all for the help
(EDIT: tire sizes are the same for both rims (225/65 R17))