You probably replaced your wheels just the other day but you were not happy. Something went wrong somewhere and you don’t know what. The wheels just don’t fit or they are giving you difficulty while driving. And the thing worrying you most is that wheel replacement never stops. It’s a continuous activity that you have to do from time to time. Worry no more! The answer is right here.
There are three wheel aspects that you need to consider before replacing your wheels. Before you think of giving your car that racing car look, you need to consider these aspects. They matter a lot in ensuring that your wheels fit just as you want them.
WHEEL ASPECT RATIO
This refers to the ratio between the height of the metal alloy wheels’ side walls and the width of the tire. This means that if a wheel reads “300/70/20”, the width is 300mm, has a 70% aspect ratio while the “20” refers to the size of the wheel to which it is fitted.
Whenever you are purchasing wheels, you should consider the aspect ratio so that you buy wheels that have the same aspect ratio as those you are about to replace. The readings are on the wheels and this makes it easier for you. If you make a mistake of buying wheels that have a lower or higher aspect ratio than those that you are replacing, they will wear out quickly and the quality of your rides will worsen.
Wheel energy is lost and this results to car speed reduction. No one wants their car to lag behind others, especially if you are in a race. You want your racing wheels to speed up your racing car. To avoid this and other difficulties after replacing your wheels, make sure you put wheel aspect ratio into consideration.
This is the distance between the centre line of the wheel and the plane of the hub-mounting surface of the metal wheel in a vehicle. It can be negative or positive. If the offset reads zero, it means that the wheel’s mounting surface is at the centre of the wheel. Wheel offset is important when positioning the tire.
The wrong wheel offset will make the steering wheel either stiff thus difficult to turn or loose such that you have to keep on struggling to maintain it in position.
This means that anytime you buy new wheels and want to replace them, you need to maintain the previous or the original wheel offset to avoid technical hitches.
This, just as the title suggests refers to the width of your tires. It’s the distance of the tire from its inner sidewall to its outer side wall at the widest point.
Many people have the idea that wider wheels give your car a great look like that of a racing car. You want your car to have racing wheels. This might be true but wider metal wheels should only be used if the wheels to be replaced are wider too. If used on a car that previously had thinner tires, this will be the beginning of all your car problems. Your rides will never be as comfortable as before. The weight of the car becomes unevenly distributed resulting to increased resistance. This is what causes uncomfortable rides and can lead to wearing out of the tires faster than usual.
If you consider the above factors, you will never regret replacing your metal alloy wheels!