Accuride Light-Weighting Continues With Two New Accu-Lite® Steel Wheels

  • Available April 2017, two new 22.5 x 8.25 steel wheels trim 6 lbs. combined from prior models
  • 5-year warranty against corrosion as standard
  • Industry’s first 65 lb. commercial vehicle steel wheel

LAS VEGAS – January 23, 2017 – Accuride Corporation – a leading supplier of components to the North American and European commercial vehicle industries – continued its light-weighting leadership with the introduction of two new two- and five-hand-hole versions of its popular Accu-Lite® 22.5 x 8.25 steel wheels.  The new wheels are each 3 lbs. lighter than the previous models and add a 5-year warranty for its standard Steel Armor™ coating.  The five hand hole version represents the industry’s first 65-lb. steel wheel for commercial vehicles.  Accuride President and CEO Rick Dauch announced the new wheels today during Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week 2017 in Las Vegas.

Specifications for the new wheels include:

  • 51487 wheel – 5 hand hole wheel becomes the industry’s first 65 lb. steel wheel by eliminating 3 lbs. from the previous part number 50487.
  • 51408 wheel – 2 hand hole version eliminates 3 lbs. from the prior 50408 wheel for a new weight of 67 pounds.

“As our customers seek to optimize the total weight, fuel economy and emissions of their equipment, our consistent, world-class manufacturing processes are enabling us to continue light-weighting our steel and aluminum wheel offerings,” said Accuride President and CEO Rick Dauch. “With the same great benefits of reduced weight, additional payload and increased ROI, Accuride offers advanced steel wheel technology with extended warranties that provides lasting value unmatched in the industry.  In addition, their lighter weight helps offset the additional weight of emissions-control equipment.”

Superior corrosion-resistant coating options

Accuride’s revolutionary Steel Armor™ coating technology comes standard on both wheels, providing customers superior finish and corrosion-resistant performance, plus a new five-year warranty against corrosion.  In addition, customers have the option of ordering these wheels with Accuride’s ground-breaking, proprietary EverSteel® technology.  This is the first time in the industry that long-life steel wheels offer a standard eight-year warranty against corrosion at a small premium. Both wheels will be available to customers in April 2017 and can be ordered in white, black and gray.  Accuride will produce the wheels at its Henderson, Kentucky and Monterrey, Mexico wheel plants.

For more information, visit Accuride Wheel End Solutions at Booth #921 during HDAW’17, contact your Accuride Sales representative, check the Resources tab on Accuride’s mobile app or visit

About Accuride Corporation

With headquarters in Evansville, Ind., USA, Accuride Corporation is a leading supplier of components to the North American and European commercial vehicle industries. The company’s products include commercial vehicle wheels and wheel-end components and assemblies. The company’s products are marketed under its brand names, which include Accuride®, Accuride Wheel End Solutions™, Gunite® and Gianetti Ruote™. Accuride is a portfolio company of Crestview Partners.  For more information:


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