Since the 1980’s, the demand for customized wheels has expanded exponentially. Whether you’re following a fad or you simply don’t like the look of your vehicle’s stock wheels, adding a little flair with customized rims, higher-end tires, or a little color variety is a step toward customizing your new car to become your dream ride.
Anyone can have custom rims and tires installed on their automobile. Whether a Hyundai, Lamborghini, Land Rover, Lexus, Mazda, Nissan, 4×4 trucks, or a sporty Subaru, stock wheels can be replaced. Sometimes you can even virtually customize your wheels using software in the shop itself.
Research the appropriate size tires and rims for your vehicle
It is imperative that you choose an appropriate size for your vehicle’s tires and rims. Check the recommended tire specifications for your vehicle, usually located on the decal inside your driver side door or in your owner’s manual. Having wheels too large or too small for the automobile you’re installing them on can lead to dangerous situations.
If you’ve done your size research and are ready to choose your new tires or rims, double-check your measurements using charts available online.
Decide on appearance
Aiming to add a little style? With countless options of styles, designs and finishes, it’s up to you to choose what looks best on your vehicle. From bright colors, matte finishes, machined edges, rare spoke patterns and spinners, it’s all a matter of personally taste. Can’t imagine what a particular set of wheels would look like on your ride? TireRack.com lets you choose your vehicle make and model and view available wheel packages.
Choose the right weight and material for your wheels
Where and how you drive are both critical factors in the type of wheels to purchase. If speed is your passion, then go for alloy wheels. They are lighter in density than other types, such as the heavier (and more expensive) chrome rims. If you’re primarily a city driver, alloy wheels will provide your vehicle with the desired performance. They’re best for use in city traffic, as they help avoid overheating of your car’s brake system. Contrarily, if you prefer spinning your 4×4 truck in the country, go for chrome. The density will help keep your truck grounded.
Customization that’s here to stay
There is no denying the fact that custom wheels provide a unique and trendy look to your vehicle, that’s why it’s the most common way to customize vehicles. However, it is very important that the performance and safety of your vehicle is not impacted due to selecting the wrong set of wheels. With some research and money to spare, custom wheels will help you get one step closer to your dream car.