Maintaining Custom Rims

The terms custom rims or custom wheels are common buzz words among car enthusiasts to describe the modification of a car’s original or stock wheels. Custom rims are one of the most popular ways in customizing their vehicle to match their taste and lifestyle. Car owners modify their wheels with custom rims to achieve better performance and beautify the appearance of their vehicles.

Both SUV and regular vehicles can use custom rims to dress up their wheels. It will just vary in sizes and designs.

There are different types of rims available in the market today which includes chrome rims, spinning rims, truck rims and the famous American racing rims. These rims differ in weight, size, mounting and design. They also come in different numbers of spokes. Lighter rims are favored by many car enthusiasts because of better road performance.

Rims are made with different materials which include alloy, metal, aluminum and carbon fiber. Carbon fibers are the best rims because it is the toughest compared to other make. They are usually used for racing.

The early types of rims are usually made up of steel commonly used as stock rims for new cars. Steel rims are the cheapest kinds. These are heavy which only adds weight to the car and inevitably reduces a car’s performance. With the development of modern technology, modern rims are designed according to aerodynamic technology with sleeker designs.

Custom rims also include additional accessories like the spinners. Spinners can create the illusion as if the wheels are still spinning even when the car is parked or not in motion. Such rims are mainly for visual attraction only.

No matter what type of rims you choose, make sure that the rims are safe and the right unit for your type of vehicle.

Any type of rim will look dull and can fade the shiny look due to dirt accumulated during driving. Custom rims need extra care in order to maintain its beauty and protect it from any damage so it will last for many years.

In order to maintain the shiny look of your custom rims, you should clean it at least on a weekly basis or soon as it accumulates too much dirt. You can use soap with water for your regular cleaning.

In cleaning your car, it is very important to start it with the rims and tires. This will prevent the body of your car being contaminated with the cleaner or the dirt from the water.

But when your tires and rims get too much dirt, it is ideal to use cleaning solutions recommended for the type of rims you have, to ensure that the solution will not damage the finish of your rims.

Avoid using steel brushes in cleaning because it can damage the smooth finish of the rims and can also destroy the tires. You can use nylon or plastic bristled brush for cleaning.

After you have thoroughly cleaned your car and its rims, you can now apply polishing solution to make it shiny. Purchase only those polishers recommended by the manufacturer of your rims.

When applying polishers, use a soft cotton cloth and apply the solution in a circular manner. Allow the solution to dry for a few minutes. Afterwards, use a clean cloth and wipe the rims thoroughly and you will see the glimmer in your rims. Apply some tire wax so your tires will complement the shining look of your rims.

Since your custom rims are one of the factors which make your car look unique and trendy, it is important to always keep it clean and protected.

Custom Wheels – Aftermarket Custom Rims

Because they look cool right! The performance benefits of custom wheels should be your answer. In the 1950s and 1960s race car drivers developed lighter magnesium wheels to reduce weight and enhance performance in all form of racing. They were called Mags by the racers, a term still widely used today. However, most magnesium wheels were far to fragile for daily street use. Plus magnesium oxidizes very quickly and require frequent polishing. Magnesium wheels used in modern race cars are often forged to make them stronger and reduce weight. As a result contemporary forged magnesium custom wheels are very expensive. The oxidization problem is the reason you don’t see contemporary custom wheels made of magnesium.

Fortunately for the custom wheel market today manufacturers developed light weight aluminum alloy wheels that provide the strength needed and come in numerous finish options while reducing wheel weight. Trendy wheel finishes include chrome and polished aluminum, plus painted aluminum alloy come in hyper-silver, silver, white, black, gray and Anthracite. While many of us choose aftermarket custom wheels for their good looks, there are many important performance benefits resulting from reducing a wheels weight compared to factory steel wheels.

The additional strength of a custom alloy wheels can notably reduce tire deflection and tire rollover while cornering. You also get increased brake cooling with custom alloy wheels because aluminum alloy is a great conductor of heat. The large mass of the aluminum wheels help dissipate heat from the brakes. The open design of 5 spoke and 6 spoke custom wheels allow more air flow over the brakes cooling them as you drive in city traffic.

One of the most significant factors affecting a car, truck or SUV road holding ability is the reduced weight of custom aluminum alloy wheels over factory steel wheels. By reducing weight, custom wheels provide improved acceleration and braking. You must also be careful not to exceed the design weight of the original wheels and have the reverse effect by adding larger wheels and tires or aluminum alloy wheels that are gravity cast. Gravity cast aluminum alloy custom wheels are cheaper but heavier and prone to bending. Look for aluminum wheels that are either low pressure cast or forged, they cost more but will reduced weight and adds strength.

Keep in mind that sizing up or adding larger wheels and tires will actually add weight. So plus sizing should be done the proper way. By using a larger diameter wheel with a lower profile tire it’s possible to properly maintain the overall original diameter of your wheel and tire. It’s important to keep your new custom wheels within 3 percent of the original equipment. Differences larger than 3 percent can cause problems with transmission shift points which can decrease fuel mileage. It can also confuse braking system computers, reduce ride comfort and cornering capability. Go for wider rather than taller wheel – tire diameters, the results is a larger contact patch and a sportier look.