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I am currently researching aftermarket wheels for my 2006 wagon. I am confused about proper width and offset as well as wheel weight. It appears one can buy a wheel that weighs as little as 15 lbs. I would like to compare this to the weight of the factory alloy spoked "wagon" wheels that came with the car. Will a lighter wheel really be better without sacrificing strength? Are some brands better than others? The wheels will only be used for highway driving so should not be abusing them. Any recommendations or advice is appreciated. I would be happy to find a nice set of originals but the prices are excessive from what I have seen. Thanks for reading.
 

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It can be better. You'll surely notice a little extra pep taking off from a stoplight when you have lightweight wheels.

The general idea is that you trade off weight for the same strength by using better materials. Great when it works, can't offer any advice on which brands make good wheels, though I do see that you get what you pay for.
 
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