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Choosing the right replacement wheels for your vehicle is an important task, as using wheels that are of an improper fit or size can be detrimental to a variety of other parts on your vehicle, in addition to damaging the tires and wheels and interfering with handling. Wheels of the wrong size can disrupt transmission timing and function and damage the brake system, as well as some of the computer controls in the vehicle. It is also necessary to give consideration to the overall purpose of the vehicle, or the most typical of your driving circumstances, when choosing new wheels for that vehicle. For example, a vehicle that spend a good deal of time in off-road adventuring, exploring rough trails, would not be best served by aluminum wheels, despite their attractive appearance. Aluminum wheels tend to be more brittle, more easily damaged by the blows that could be expected off-roading, with flying rock and the like. Aluminum wheels, however, are built for speed, as aluminum is much lighter than the steel wheels that are more appropriate for off-roading than racing. Aluminum wheels also resist corrosion to a higher degree than do steel, and are an excellent choice for luxury vehicles, or those more appreciated for their style, tending to be infrequently driven over rough terrain. Alloy wheels are a great all around type of wheel, versatile in function and generally pretty durable. We feature a broad selection of wheels of different sorts for a variety of applications in our online catalog, readily available and easily ordered.
How to Find Wheels That Fit
Taking proper measurements is the single most important thing that you have to do when getting new wheels for your car. When it comes to wheels, size makes all the difference.
Why is it important to get wheels of the right size?
Wheels that don't fit or that are the wrong size can negatively affect the performance of your vehicle. They could disrupt the timing of your transmission system and could interfere with handling.
Wrong size wheels can also damage the wheels themselves, the tires, and even your fenders and wheel wells.
Of course, there's also the fact that wrong size wheels look weird. Instead of improving your car's appearance, they make it look odd.
What to consider when choosing wheel sizes?
Ideally, you should replace your old wheels with those that are of the exact same size. If you do want to upgrade, however, you have to consider several things.
You have to think about how you're going to use your car and in what conditions. Big wheels, for example, are not ideal for a vehicle that's meant to be taken off-roading.
You then have to think about how bigger wheels will affect the performance of your vehicle. Bigger wheels usually give your car better handling characteristics at the expense of ride comfort.
Of course, there's also the issue of cost. Bigger wheels cost more than smaller wheels, so you have to consider whether upsizing your wheels is really worth it.
How to get wheels of the correct size?
There are a lot of measurements that you have to take note of when looking to get new wheels. The most important number you have to consider is the wheel's diameter. Usually measured in inches, this number refers to the length of the wheel from the top, through the center, and down to the bottom. Think of it as the longest line that you could fit inside of the circle.
Then you have to consider width. Bigger wheels are also usually wider. To make it simple, the industry standard is to add an inch to the width for every additional inch in the wheel's diameter. For example, if you have wheels with a diameter of 15 inches and a width of 7 inches, the ideal upgrade would be wheels with a diameter of 16 inches and a width of 8 inches. This is known as the plus sizing concept.
What to look for in wheels?
You have to consider the material the wheels are made of. Steel rims, for example, are stronger than aluminum wheels but are also much heavier.
Finally, we recommend that you get wheels that are made by reputable brands. This will ensure that you get high-quality products that are reliable and durable.
Taking Care of Your Wheels: Helpful Tips
Caring for your car's wheels is pretty easy. You have to consider the material that your wheels are made of, however, as different kinds of wheels require different caring techniques.
All wheels must be regularly cleaned. Regardless of the material your wheels are made of, soapy water and a soft sponge should be good enough when cleaning them. Rinse with clean water. You should dry them off with a soft cloth to prevent water spots from forming on their surface.
Of course, it gets trickier if your wheels get scratched or dented. Since a majority of vehicles come with painted steel or aluminum alloy wheels, we'll focus on repairing those types of wheels in this guide. Here are the tools you need and the steps to follow to get your rims back in great shape in no time.
Difficulty level: Easy
Tools that you'll need:
- Lug wrench
- Jack stands
- Spot putty
- Scratch filling primer
- Wheel paint (that matches your wheel's color)
- Clear paint
- Masking tape
- Sandpaper (240 and 400-grit)
Step 1: Park the vehicle in a safe and level place. Use your jack to raise it then rest it on jack stands. Use the lug wrench to loosen the lug nuts on the wheel. Slowly slide the wheel off and rest it on the ground right-side up.
Step 2: Clean the wheel using soapy water and a soft sponge. Scrub all the dirt away. Use paint thinner to clean the damaged area.
Step 3: Prepare the wheel for sanding. Use masking tape to cover the area where the wheel and the tire meet. You should also completely cover the tire to stop it from getting painted on.
Step 4: Use 240-grit sandpaper to sand the damaged area. Apply putty over the damaged area and wait for it to dry completely. Use 400-grit sandpaper to sand over the area with the putty. Sand until the putty is flush with the surface of the wheel.
Step 5: Spray primer on repaired area. Let it dry then sand with 400-grit sandpaper. Clean off overspray with a rag.
Step 6: Spray some paint over the repaired area. Wait for it to dry completely. Apply clear coat and wait to dry.
After this, your tire will look as good as new.