Wheels are among the most vital parts in the car. They are the
ones that keep it moving and thus, they are indispensable in a
vehicle. The size and the quality of the wheels significantly
affect your ride quality and handling so always make sure they
are in perfect shape and condition. Taking care of them is a
must so as not to sacrifice your vehicle’s performance. They
also need special attention since they are closest to the road;
hence, they are exposed to a lot corrosion-causing elements.
Aside from contributing to ride quality and handling abilities,
the wheels can also make the car look better and a lot
sportier. People have always been concerned with how their
vehicles should look and thus they replace or customize some of
the parts to make it different from the rest on the road. The
wheels are among those that are often replaced to achieve their
desired appearance. Accessories are also added to the wheels,
such as the hub caps and wheels covers. These auto accessories
are designed to match the user’s various driving needs and
In buying replacement wheels
for your car, there are important things you need to know,
especially if you are new to driving. You cannot just choose
any kind of wheel in lieu of the original wheel of your car.
There are different wheel specifications for every kind of
vehicle and car model since suspension design varies from one
vehicle to another. Take note that the wheels work hand in hand
with the suspension system whose job is to keep the tires in
tight contact with the road as the vehicle turns, brakes or is
driven down the road without sacrificing comfort of the
Three aspects of the wheels are relevant to the suspension
design: wheel offset, aspect ratio, and tire width. All these
should be considered in choosing the best replacement wheels
for your vehicle.
Offset refers to the distance from the very center of the wheel
to the mounting surface of the wheel disc at the hub. Wheel
offset can be positive, negative or zero. A “0” offset means
that the mounting surface of the wheel is in the center of the
wheel. This measurement is very important in positioning the
tire. This also provides for adequate dual spacing.
Aspect ratio is the ratio between the width of the tire and the
height of its side wall. A tire specified as “205/60/15” for
example, has a width of 205mm and 60% aspect ratio. The “15”
refers to the size of the wheel to which it is fitted. You
shouldn’t buy wheels or tires with lower aspect ratio than what
is required because this will wear them out easily as ride
quality will deteriorate. However, this could also result to
more precision in turning.
You might be thinking of getting wider wheels to give your car
a racing car look. Better think about this again. While is it
true that wider wheels and tires can give your car a chunk of
gutsy looks, they can also ruin your driving satisfaction. This
is because the weight of the vehicle would not be evenly spread
over the wheel and tire width. Resistance is also increased,
thus you wheels and tires could wear out fast.
If you want to know more about car wheels, you can search for
car enthusiasts’ sites that feature different kinds of wheels
or go to the car manufacturer’s site and check out your car
model’s wheel specifications.