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What You Need to Know About Custom Wheels

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.

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Defining the Application

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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

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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.

Style

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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.

How to Choose the Right 4×4 Rims

Going from stock wheels to 4X4 rims can seem exciting and confusing at the same time. You don’t need to worry, though; you just need to know what to order. Below, you’ll get some easy tips on buying custom wheels.

Choosing a Wheel and Tyre Size

Bigger isn’t always better, and this concept is especially true when buying aftermarket wheels. However, if you do decide to “plus size”, you’ll need to consider a variety of factors. While larger wheels look great, they can have negative effects on your ride quality—and they can cost more than smaller sets. However, wide wheels can use wide tyres, which can provide increased traction for off-road driving. When choosing new wheels, you should think of the largest tyres that will fit. In some cases, choosing a rim diameter that’s only an inch smaller will leave you with many more options.

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Finding and Measuring Bolt Pattern

To find the vehicle’s bolt pattern, you’ll need two pieces of info: holes on the wheel and the spacing between the studs. For instance, a 6 x 5.5 bolt pattern signifies that the rim has six holes, spaced 5.5″ apart when measured across the centre of the wheel. On 5-lug patterns, this is different; here, measurement is made from the back of one end’s lug hole to the centre of the opposing hole.

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Hub-Centric, Lug-Centric and Centre Bore

Another important note to make is the size of the centre bore, and whether the wheels are lug- or hub-centric. To measure the centre bore, determine the diameter of the hole centred over the wheel’s mounting hub. The wheels are hub-centric if the centre bore is the same size as the mounting hub. They are lug-centric if the measurements are different.

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Measuring Backspacing

Knowing the vehicle’s backspacing is another important part of finding the right set of wheels. Backspacing is the distance between the middle of the mounting surface to the wheel’s back edge. Sizes vary depending on offset; if the wheel has a zero offset, hub mounting surfaces are level with the centre line of the wheel. If the wheels have a positive offset, their mounting surface is closer to the wheel front, and wheels with negative offset have a mounting surface closer to the wheel back. Backspacing measurements are given in inches, and if you buy wheels with inaccurate backspacing they likely won’t fit your vehicle.

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Load Ratings

KMC wheels australia are sold with a load rating, which can cause confusion among the uninitiated. To determine your load, multiply the per-wheel rating by four. For instance, if each wheel has a load rating of 2500 lbs., your total would be 10,000 pounds.

Matching Wheels and Lift Kits

If your 4×4 is lifted, you’ll need some additional information to buy the right wheels for sale. To determine which sets will work with your setup, consult the maker of your 4WD’s lift kit. Once you’ve determined the right measurements, there’s only one thing left to do—pick out your new wheels. For a full set, you’ll need four wheels; five, if you want a spare to match.