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Choosing the Right Wheel for Your Car's Style

People change their wheels to improve their driving, whether it is speed or traction. Depending on your vehicle make and model, find a specific set of wheels and tires that fits. Make the process of changing your car parts less complicated than it has to be. Here are several tips on how to choose wheels for your car.


Size Doesn't Always Matter

Larger wheels are not always better wheels. Wheels that are too large do not fit on all types of tires, and you could be paying more than for smaller sizes. In some cases, large is good because large tires improve traction on the road. Truck and SUV drivers need more control on off roads. Calculate the wheel sizes you want and then calculate the tire sizes using online calculators. Make sure you know the right set of tires to accompany the wheels.


Learn the Basic Terms

There are several wheel terms to learn more about, such as bolt pattern, backspacing, center bore and maximum weight load. Measure the bolt pattern by finding the bolt holes and then measuring the distances from one to the next. Find this pattern to determine the number of bolts needed to bolt the wheel to the hub.

Measure the backspacing and offset found in different sections of the wheel. The center bore is the diameter of the middle hole in your wheel, and the maximum weight load is the maximum weight times four. There are hub-centric wheels that are centered around the axle hubs, while lug-centric wheels are centered on the lug nuts. More wheels are built with hub-centric components.


Wheels Vary by Material and Design

Review the wide range of designs for hubcaps and wheel covers. On the road, you'll see chrome wheel covers or hubcaps with personalized logos. Choose from one of the most common materials used to make wheels, which are alloy, steel, chrome and aluminum. Analyze the different advantages and disadvantages that come with each material. Aluminum wheels are lightweight and suitable for small cars, while steel wheels are suitable for heavy-duty vehicles and driving in harsh weather conditions.


There are many upgrades recommended for the efficiency of any vehicle. Choosing the right wheels is not mentioned often, but it's necessary to maintain the speed and performance. Buying wheels of the wrong size means using wheels and tires that don't fit properly. Research the various types of materials and designs at a place like Extreme Wheels before you settle on your rims.

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