3 Choices You'll Have To Make When Putting Custom Wheels On Your Vehicle

If you are wanting to upgrade the rims on your vehicle, here are three choices that you will have to make in order to get the custom look that you are going for.

#1 Single Vs Multi-Piece Wheels

When looking at custom rims for your vehicle, you need to first decide if you want to purchase either single-piece rims or multi-piece rims. Single-piece rims are probably the type that you are the most familiar with. These types of wheels have the spokes, hub, and rim all fit together in one piece. These are generally the stock type of wheels that come on most vehicles. You can purchase custom single-piece wheels. They tend to be pretty affordable. The only big downside to single-piece wheels are that if your wheel gets damaged by an accident or a pothole, you are going to have to replace the entire while.

Your other options are multi-piece wheels. With these wheels, the spokes, hubs, and rims are all separate pieces. This allows you to create a more custom look and feel to your wheels. These type of wheels tend to be more expensive than single-piece wheels.

Additionally, if your wheels are ever damaged, you can replace the individual part that was damaged instead of the entire wheel. This can save you money when your vehicle is damaged.

#2 Matching Tires To Rims Vs Larger Rims

If you don't want to replace the tires on your vehicle and you want to use the same tires that are currently on your vehicle, you are going to need to figure out the diameter of your tires. You are going to want to use the same diameter measurements that are on your tires for your rims. You are also going to need to make sure that the rims are also as wide as your current set of tires; if the tires are too wide, they will not fit on your new rims.

You are also going to need to check the bolt pattern on your tires. You are going to want to match the bolt pattern on your current wheels to your new rims; this will help ensure that everything matches together.

If you are willing to invest in a new pair of tires as well as rims, you just need to figure out what the max size of rims and tires your vehicle can handle. An experienced mechanic should be able to provide you with that information. You are going to want to make sure that entire wheel set-up has enough room to rotate without hitting your fender. Additionally, putting larger tires on your vehicle can reduce how well your anti-lock system works.

#3 Conservation Vs Durability

Finally, you need to consider what type of material you want your rims to be made out if. If you are worried about conserving gas, you are going to want to go with aluminum rims. Aluminum rims are generally really light weight, which helps with conserving gas. Aluminum rims generally offer a smoother ride.

If you want more durable rims, you are going to want to go with steel rims. Steel rims are stronger and will not bend as easily if you hit potholes on the road. However, you will feel more vibrations as you drive. Talk to a tire supplier to learn more.