Let’s get into car WHEELS…
If you own a car or are a car enthusiast, you know that wheels are as important as the tyres mounted on them.
They play a very important role in the way your car behaves on the road – when it comes to speed, braking and the overall car lifespan, as well as the look of your car, whether you are driving a Smart Car or Jeep!
But the question is how do you choose the right type of wheel for your vehicle among so many out there? The variety of wheels in the car world is vast, from cheap knock-offs to full-carbon stunners.
Wheels may seem like the simplest of components on a car, but the manufacturers are constantly researching and developing the latest and greatest techniques and investigating the strongest yet lightest materials to implement into their wheel making processes.
If you are looking to REPLACE wheels on your car, you have to make sure that the new wheels are close in diameter as the original wheels – in other words, your new wheel and tyre need to be as close in diameter as your old wheel and tyre.
Following this rule will benefit you in at least 2 ways:
-You won’t have to spend more money to make additional modifications to your car and/or wheels to make them fit.
-You won’t risk your safety since you will have control over your vehicle on the road.
As you might have seen, it’s common among drivers is to buy bigger wheels than they originally had on their vehicles.
Bigger wheels make for a more beautiful car since they visually fill the gap in the car chassis around the wheel and tyre, but you have to be sure about which ones are best suited for your vehicle. Therefore, before you go on a spending spree, browse cars like yours on the internet to get an idea on what it would look like and if you’re really into the “new look” for your car.
With this “new look”, cars with bigger and wider wheels are more stable because they are stiffer and have more contact with the road. They offer better overall handling of the vehicle and improve driver confidence and security.
If bigger, the new wheels and tyres are heavier than the old ones, which means you’ll have to add some horsepower to your car as well and this will reflect on your fuel consumption, i.e. your car will need more fuel to run than you’re used to.
Here’s a summary video on our “wheels” topic:
Different Wheel Types And How They’re Manufactured
The thing to consider when it comes to car wheels is the material they are made of. Usually, car wheels are made of Steel, Aluminium, Chrome or Alloy – the two most popular being steel and alloy.
Steel wheels are about as basic as wheels can get. Pressed from billets of steel using powerful equipment, steel wheels have been standard on most low-cost vehicles for decades and dominated before alloy rims became cheaper to produce.
Steel – an alloy of iron and carbon – is a harder metal than most other wheel materials, but this strength brings with it an increase in weight when compared to the likes of aluminium.
The basic way in which steel wheels are produced means that there is very little flexibility when it comes to design. Different sections of a wheel are pressed out and then connected to form the entire wheel, ready to be used once the welds have been sufficiently ground down.
This construction means that the only real way different designs can be implemented is to punch holes into the outside face of the wheel.
Most companies will get around the unattractive nature of pressed steel wheels by putting on a set of hubcaps with some badging.
Alloys have always been reserved for the uppermost models within a manufacturers range. Based on an aluminum or magnesium construction mixed with Nickel, alloy wheels provide a much lighter package when compared with a steel wheel of the same strength and can be cast in full by pouring molten allow into a pre-made mold.
By reducing the amount of nickel within the alloy, a wheel becomes much more flexible and workable, adding to the design possibilities. This freedom of design has led to some truly spectacular alloy rims over the years, but the softer material also opens the door for some tragic results after curbing.
The best is to go to the shop, with the car you want to chage the wheels of and ask for expert advice – they will support you with the correct information on what you want, need and like.
Quick You Drive We Sell Tip:
When you buy new wheels for your vehicle, clean the old ones and store them in a safe and accessible place. This will come in handy when you want to sell your car and you have both the old and new wheels. (Which will give you more bang for your buck!)
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