Racing wheels and tires give more than a customized look, but also ensure your vehicle is equipped for road or track. Whether racing for sport or wanting to give your vehicle a hot rod look, you can choose aftermarket racing wheels that accentuate your car, fit your personality, and add the style and feel you want your vehicle to have. Those racing for sport must ensure they have lightweight wheels that will improve performance and are virtually maintenance free, while those choosing racing wheels for their cosmetic appearance must ensure they do not take away from the safety of their vehicle.
The tires and racing wheels you select will determine how your vehicle performs, accelerates, and play an important role in how fast your braking system cools down. There is no question that you must pay close attention to the type of materials used to construct racing wheels and choose a set that meets your needs. In order to make certain the wheels and tires you select are well suited for your vehicle, check your vehicle owner’s manual and choose sizes that are recommended by the manufacturer.
One of the most important factors to consider is the amount of lug bolts used on your vehicle. Your automobile’s manual will contain this information, and it is important to know your vehicle’s specifications and the amount of lug bolts used in your vehicle’s pattern. Lug nut bolts may consist of four, five, six, or eight lugs. Once you determine the amount of lug nut bolts your vehicle uses, you will need to ensure you know the sizing or measurements between lugs. Before you choose the best racing wheels and tires, you must know which lug bolt pattern your vehicle requires.
Other important factors to consider when choosing racing wheels and tires include the width and offset of your wheels. Width is extremely important as it determines the size needed for the wheels to fit on your vehicle. Offset refers to the amount of space between the hub mounting area and the center of the wheel. Offset is usually measured in millimeters. Offset is defined as either zero, positive, or negative. Zero offset indicates the hub mounting area and wheel center is completely aligned. Positive offset means that the hub mounting area is to the front of the wheel while negative offset indicates that hub mounting area is towards that back of the wheels center. Offset is extremely important as it is directly connected to the way a vehicle handles. Whether a racing car or a customized personal vehicle, pickup truck or SUV, proper offset and wheel size are invaluable in determining the best performance and maintaining safety.
The suspension system is an integral aspect of your vehicle and you will need to make certain that any customizations or adjustments made to the vehicle will not place safety in jeopardy. Though many choose to replace racing wheels and tires with similar sizes or styles to those first installed on a vehicle, many can upgrade their wheels. This is accomplished due to the fact that most wheels have additional space that provides enough room for larger wheels to be installed. Make sure that wheels can fit easily without coming in contact with any suspension features. If choosing to upgrade or plus size your wheels, you must take the time to ensure proper measurements. Make certain that your wheels can rotate easily and successfully without coming in contact with important components on your vehicle. Backspacing is defined as the area from wheel’s inner edge to the area where the wheel bolts to the vehicle. After you have calculated offset, wheel width, and backspacing, you can select the best wheel diameter for your needs and preferences. Wheel diameter can range from approximately 15 inches to more than 20 inches. Keep in mind that regardless of why you prefer racing wheels, you can effectively add them to your vehicle and get the look and style you want without compromising safety.
By determining the correct amount of backspacing your vehicle has, combined with the correct amount of offset, and choosing the best wheel diameter for your needs, you can successfully upgrade the size of your racing wheels, while ensuring you enhance vehicle performance, rather than hinder it.