It seems as if most cars on Australia’s roads are equipped with aftermarket wheels. Some of these look great, but others look like something out of a sci-fi novel. A quality set of rims can change the feel and look of your car, increase its value and its performance—but only if they’re chosen properly. For the uninitiated, there are a few wheel-buying elements to consider. Below, you’ll learn how to determine wheel usage, fitment parameters and proper style.
Defining the Application
Finding the right set of XD wheels requires you to honestly assess your plans and your driving habits. For instance, if you use your car for weekend racetrack fun, you should consider staying with the OEM size, but opting for a lighter wheel to decrease rotating mass. If you own a show vehicle and weight isn’t an issue for you, style should be your primary consideration. However, if you’re looking for wheels for your daily driver, you should find a manufacturer that makes quality forged wheels that can endure heavy usage on Australian roads.
Determining Fitment Parameters
KMC Rockstar rims are useless if they do not fit your vehicle correctly. Some people think that all wheels will fit all vehicles, but this just isn’t true. Manufacturers spend untold millions on research and development to ensure that a certain type of wheel works on a specific kind of vehicle. While some drivers think they can outsmart the carmaker, they really can’t. When you’re evaluating fitment, you should consider the overall mass of the wheel. If you want a bigger wheel and tyre package, you’ll need to get bigger brakes to accommodate the larger rotating mass. When upsizing, it’s best to consult a wheel and tyre professional for advice on fitment, backspacing, bolt pattern and tyre availability.
Remember when “spinners” were the latest thing? While thankfully the trend seems to have passed, one thing remains: Your style choice can have a substantial effect on your car. Today there are rims in almost any style imaginable, and from numerous manufacturers. Your rims are a reflection of your personal style, and you should choose carefully. If an off-the-shelf set isn’t what you’re looking for, you can get a one-off wheel set created. You’ll get just what you want, along with the professional help to make the right choice.
At the end of the day, the Ford Ranger wheels you buy are your decision. However, you should remember to do some research and take your time. By learning about wheels and tyres, you’ll simplify the process and have an easier time finding the right set for your car.