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Upgrading Those Rims

Aug 18, 2007
Does your ride look old or dull? Do your friends roll on tricked out cars? A major look enhancer for your car can be modifying the rims. Car rims are like hair on people. Changing that hairstyle can usually be a subtle change but can enhance your over all look. By principle changing your car rims may make your ride look sporty but that's all there is to it the look. But this can cause losses on power and on your pockets.

Choosing the Right Diameter Size

Initially everyone wants their ride to stand out from the rest, shoving an almost impossible to steer rims under that fender. Some would go as big as 20 inch rims for that Asian compact car, but would that be all worth all the hassle, all the trouble it can cause for not being able to steer well?

Aftermarket rims come in all sizes starting from 13 inches to a whooping 26 inches all suited for compacts, muscle, Asian Utility, and Sports Utility Vehicles. Now for all serious racers or budding racers to be, it is a must to know that to the bigger the rim diameter the heavier it becomes which translates to a loss in precious horsepower. But for those who opt for form over function the bigger the rims the lower the car looks. When the rims are bigger in diameter the tire size becomes thinner and the wheel becomes heavier. The thinner the rubber the more expensive it can get.

Is Having a Custom Rim Worth All That?

Having a custom ride starts with the rims and this could turn your ride into a chick magnet. But would this be all worth it? Installing custom rims could alter your ride's handling and gauge readings.

The car's speedometer can be affected if you change the diameter of the rims and the tires especially if it is bigger or smaller than what it had on from the factory. Having larger wheels can trick the car's gauges to think that the car is going slower since there is lesser wheel revolution per kilometer or mile covered. With this set-up the driver might get speeding tickets and a wrong reading on the odometer.

Bigger rims can make the driver cause an under steer in order that the tires and the fenders don't come in contact with each other. This as well prevents damaging the paint. Another thing to be extra careful about if you are driving a vehicle with wheels having large diameter rims are potholes, street gutters and street furniture. A wheel that has thin rubber tires means that the rims are closer to the ground and may come in contact with street furniture and potholes that could damage your rims permanently.
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