Rims are the most noticeable part of your car, but they can have unseen effects on its performance. Changing the rims on your vehicle can give you greater performance, and it can improve your car’s looks. To select the right rims for your car or 4WD, you’ll need to know what rims are and how to match them to your tyres. Once you know a little about rims, you can find the ones you want online or in a brick-and-mortar store.
Understanding your Rims
Some people are confused as to what 4×4 rims really are. Most people use the terms “rim” and “wheel” interchangeably, but this can make it easier to make mistakes when choosing rims. Understanding what rims are, how they fit into single- and multi-part wheels, and knowing how to buy wheel and tyre packages can make your purchase a successful one.
Rims are the wheel’s outer edge, and they hold the tyre in so it rotates along with the remainder of the wheel. Rims connect to wheel hubs via spokes. Many use the term “rim” to describe the whole wheel, and it’s also used to refer to aftermarket wheels. For the purposes of this article, rims are what you buy when you want to upgrade or replace your factory wheels.
Custom rims can be bought as a single piece, or as part of a multi-part wheel. Many makers cast rims, hubs and spokes together as a single unit, while others make pieces separately. Single-part wheels are usually cheaper than multi-part wheels, but if you damage your rim, you’ll have to replace the entire unit. With multi-part wheels, you can replace one piece at a time.
Pairing your Rims & Tyres
If you want to keep your tyres, it’s important to match them to your new rims. Most of the time, a rim and tyre’s total diameter stays the same as rim diameter increases. If you want a good match, your new rims should be of the same diameter as your current set. Width is another important consideration, as tires and rims need to be the same width.
Rims have a great impact on your car or 4WD’s looks and performance, and learning about those effects can help you make the right purchase decision.
- Increased rim diameter usually results in a shorter tyre sidewall, with better road grip and steering response. Wider rims and construction materials can affect your vehicle’s overall performance, and it can decrease the efficiency of your ABS system.
- Most rims are made of steel or aluminium. Of the two, aluminium weighs less, which can improve your fuel mileage at the expense of fuel economy. Heavier rims can result in decreased ride comfort. Most aluminium wheels are made of an alloy, and these wheels can dissipate brake heat more evenly than steel wheels can.
You have almost unlimited options when choosing Advanti rims. Chrome can make your vehicle flashier, and coloured inserts can give your car a unique look. Buying bigger rims can make your vehicle more noticeable, even if the overall diameter of your rims and tyres stays the same.
You can find rims for sale from a local shop, or you can buy them from an online store. By considering style, construction, and your performance requirements, you can find a great set of rims that works with your car.