Purchasing a new vehicle is one thing. Modifying it is a different story. With the many accessories and add-ons today, drivers have a wide array of options to choose from. In a previous blog, we discussed the advantages to having lightweight wheels; this time we are taking a look at why drivers choose to purchase larger wheels.
For most drivers the most appealing feature to having larger wheels is merely to enhance the appearance of the vehicle. Larger wheels, also known as “plus sizing,” have an added appeal to them – especially on a 4×4 vehicle and other SUVs. Additionally, larger wheels have a larger tire size, leaving a bigger foot print when drivers take the ride off-road. Keep in mind that if you’re a fan of taking your ride off-roading, you will want a smaller wheel and a bigger tire for increased clearance. Because of the increased heights off the ground, larger wheels provide an overall smoother ride.
Though these are all qualities drivers look for, there are some disadvantages to having a larger set of wheels. First off, larger wheels are often heavier than other wheels, which can affect the over performance of the vehicle. Additionally, having larger wheels gives your vehicle worse gas mileage and increases the overall chance for rolling. It’s also worth noting that your breaking distance increases and can affect how your vehicle reads the speedometer.
There are pros and cons to installing a larger set of wheels and it ultimately comes down to the driver. Most car owners love to show off their vehicle – especially if we have a new feature. Let’s face it – we identify with our ride and take pride in what we drive. Adding custom features like larger wheels helps separate our vehicle from the rest.
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wheel reconditioning is a process many car enthusiasts go through. Whether you have a classic or modern generation, wheel reconditioning can improve your overall vehicles appearance. However, appearance is not the only attribute this process improves.
Reconditioning a wheel improves the overall safety and reliability. Companies perform a thorough inspection to ensure the wheels meet the industry standard. Moreover, the company finishes the wheel with the proper materials to guarantee you get the most out of the wheel. For a more custom look, customers have a variety of colors to choose from to make the wheel their own.
Below is the standard wheel reconditioning process:
Preparation: The wheel is examined in its present state for rust damage, cracks, wear, etc.
Cleaning: Wheels are excessively cleaned to remove any rust. Then, the wheels are given an iron phosphate bath to assist with keeping the wheel protected in the future.
Powder Paint Application: Powder paint is applied to the wheel. The paint color is chosen by the customer.
Curing: The wheel is cured in a gas-fired oven to ensure firmness and durability.
Inspection: Wheels receive a final inspection to make sure the wheels’ quality meets industry standard and is performance ready
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After purchasing a car, many owners look for ways to make it their own. Adding modifications, custom paint jobs, tinted windows and undercarriage lights are all popular modifications for high-performance, street drivers. These vehicle alterations can quickly add up. As a less expensive alternative, many car owners opt for simpler modifications, such as adding lightweight wheels.
Often seen as a fashion accessory, lightweight wheels provide many advantages to your vehicle. However, like actual fashion, car wheels change with the season. Many creators of these aftermarket wheel designs value look over weight. Yet, opting for the lighter wheel will help improve your vehicle’s overall ride and performance.
Lightweight wheels, such as magnesium alloy wheels and lightweight aluminum alloy wheels, greatly reduce the overall weight of the vehicle and pressure on the tire. This allows for easier control of your vehicle. However, most magnesium wheels are too fragile for street use and are typically seen on Indy and Formula 1 race cars. Aluminum wheels, on the other hand, offer greater durability and often come in a variety of finishes.
Additionally, by reducing the overall weight will decrease the amount of energy your vehicle uses. The features of lightweight wheels will save you money and add comfort to your ride.
Have you put lightweight wheels on your vehicle? What changes or improvements have you seen?