• May 4, 2015

The Pros and Cons of Custom Rims

The Pros and Cons of Custom Rims

Pride of ownership is strong among automotive enthusiasts, and many car owners decide to upgrade their rims and tyres. Custom Commodore rims are one of the quickest ways to customise your vehicle, and it can be difficult to select the right set. Drastic changes in wheel and tyre size can void your manufacturer warranty, and it can affect your brakes, engine and drivetrain.

For instance:

  • Bigger tyres can put stress on your car’s brakes because the rotating mass is larger, and large rims can cause changes in steering response.
  • Smaller wheels and tyres can cause issues with turning and ride height/ground clearance.

Most customers know how much they can spend, and what type of look they’re going for, but don’t know much about size, offset and construction. To find the right set of custom rims for your vehicle, consider the following factors.

Vehicle Performance and Wheel Construction

Choose alloys if you’re a performance enthusiast or a weekend racer. Steel rims are heavier, and can decrease performance while adding weight. Those who do a lot of city driving can benefit from alloy wheels, as they allow more airflow to your braking system. To reduce your vehicle’s overall weight, select rims and tyres that are smaller than the set you currently have. Over your car’s lifespan, you can save hundreds or even thousands in fuel costs. If you own a vehicle for work purposes or if you do a lot of off-road driving, sturdy steel wheels are a fine choice.


Wheel Offset and Size

While it’s not a good idea to go too big with your new 4WD rims, installing a set that’s an inch or two larger than your current set can increase your vehicle’s overall performance. Be sure to choose a set with a load rating that fits your needs and your vehicle, and ensure that the wheels match your bolt pattern.  While smaller rims can improve torque and handling, smaller tyres can wear out quicker and offer a rougher ride. If you decide to plus size your rims, keep the tyre aspect ratio the same – doing so will minimize abnormal tread wear and can prolong tyre life.

Many factors go into the decision to buy custom Holden rims; performance, wheel offset, size, and construction materials are all important things to consider. By learning about how your rim choice can affect the handling, fuel economy and performance of your car, you can make a more informed purchase decision.

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