Putting custom wheels on your ride spices it up a little. New wheels may also improve driving performance while bringing back some new-car excitement. Even with the wide variety of models and smart car technology available, choosing tires is less confusing as long as you educate yourself before you shop.
Possible Benefits of Changing Tire and Wheel Size
It’s good for drivers to have a basic understanding of how tires fit on vehicles. You should also be aware of how choosing the incorrect size of wheels and tires may affect vehicle clearance, contribute to vibration issues, or alter the ride quality. The right street wheels, properly mounted, will help avoid contact points that cause friction with brake calipers, tie rods, shocks, struts, inner and outer fenders, and other parts of the suspension.
Regional conditions like weather can impact the way a vehicle handles and affect your decision as well. For example, your choices may include tires that enhance all-season traction in Northern or mountainous regions. Replacing original equipment with new street wheels may lengthen tread life while making a vehicle more responsive and sensitive to rough road conditions in rural areas.
Tips for Choosing Wheel and Tire Packages
Become familiar with the terminology. “Rims” and “wheels” are common terms used to describe the same thing. The wheel is a metal disc with a particular bolt pattern and spokes. Lug nuts or bolts fit in the pattern holes where they attach the wheel to the hub. The rim is a part of the wheel. It’s located on the outside area of the wheel, where it creates an airtight seal and supports the tire. Rims and wheels are available as single units or multipiece assemblies.
Custom Strut Wheel Fitment
All vehicles have a range of wheel and tire diameter sizes that will mount properly. The range allows tailoring wheels for performance and style. The distance across the center width of a wheel is its diameter. Rim width refers to the measurement from one bead seat to another when looking at the wheel head-on.
The tire width, wheel diameter, and tire aspect ratio are pieces of information you’ll need to find the correct tire and wheel combinations for your vehicle. The tire aspect ratio is on the sidewall of a tire. It’s calculated as a percentage of the sidewall height compared to the tire width. An aspect ratio change typically means a change in the sidewall height, resulting in a difference in driving performance. Let Red Deer Custom Autoworks help select street wheels for your vehicle.