People decide to buy alloy wheels for many reasons – they want to make their cars look better, or they may need to replace rims damaged in an accident. There are alloys available in almost every size, and there’s sure to be a set that suits your car perfectly. Here, you’ll learn what to look for when buying alloy rims in Australia.
Size is Important
No matter what you’ve been told in the past, size matters. Wheel width and diameter are two factors limiting your choice in wheel design. 22 inch wheels may make some vehicles look ‘flashy’, but they may not work with your car or 4wd. The most popular choices in Australia go up to about 17″, which are suitable for almost every passenger vehicle. Wheel size is a factor in maintaining the wheel/tyre combo’s rolling radius, and in ensuring that no tyre rub takes place inside the wheel wells.
Finding the Perfect Fit
Proper wheel fitment has two aspects: offset and PCD. A wheel’s offset is the measurement from its centre line to its mounting face. For most cars and 4x4s, offset is positive and the wheel rests under the car’s body. Some 4x4s, however, have a negative offset, which allows the wheel to protrude from the vehicle’s body. PCD, or pitch circle diameter, is a measure of the wheel’s stud pattern. Finding wheels with the right PCD and offset ensure that your drivetrain and suspension don’t suffer premature wear.
Your tastes will go a long way in helping you choose the right wheels. Many Australians choose alloy wheels as a way to improve the looks of their vehicles; when choosing a new set, colour, finish and spoke pattern are all important. The design of your new wheels will determine how often you have to clean them; for instance, polished alloys require frequent care.
In today’s poor economy, cost is a very important consideration. Alloy wheels are often considered a luxury, but many brands sold here offer a great value for the price. If you consider all of the factors above, your purchase will be successful and you’ll get the wheels you want.