Wheels and Tires - Rims and Tires

It doesn't take a mechanic or an engineer to understand the importance of wheels. Without these marvels of human ingenuity, cars and trucks wouldn't have a chance of moving. Although the modern tires and rims of today are vastly superior to the wheels of old, they can still go bad in an instant. Your wheels are bearing the brunt of driving, and while shocks and good brakes and good driving habits help to prolong their life, your auto's wheels can and will need replacement.

There are many types of rims available on cars and trucks today. Some are tougher than others, but all meet safety standards before ever leaving the manufacturing line. In the auto world, most rims you find are made of steel. The inner part of the wheel (hub) is fastened to a rolled outer rim and then welded together. This strong setup makes it possible to handle the weight and the constant use.

Alloy wheels are equally as strong and actually give a driver better performance. Alloy wheels are usually up to 1/3 lighter than their steel counterparts. One-piece alloy wheels are cast in a solid pattern, such as the multi-spoke rims. Two-piece alloy wheels, also called modular rims, are produced just like steel rims with a hub and outer rim welded together. Forged alloy rims are made of much stronger aluminum and therefore stand up to more rigorous use.

The biggest difference between these types of rims is the actual material they're made of. Steel is one metal, whereas alloy basically means a mix of materials. Most of the more popular aftermarket rims and other styles like chrome, silver and gold are alloy rather than steel. In order to achieve the smooth finish, the metal wheels are electrically charged, and the particles of metal (chrome, silver, gold, etc) adhere to the rims, creating a brilliant finish.

There are multiple sizes of rims to choose from. A lot of smaller cars have a 14" rim, while four-doors or basic sedans use a 17" wheel. The wheel size is gathered by measuring the diameter of the rim itself and not the tire. You may have a 20", 22", or even larger depending on the type of vehicle you drive.

No matter what type of wheel you have, if you need it replaced, WheelsRims.net can help. We offer OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) rims for your car or truck. This way, you aren't forced to take measurements and get something "close enough." Just tell us exactly what type of automobile you have and we will ship the exact same rims to you.

We offer top-quality replacements, regardless if you need chrome, steel or alloy rims; wheel covers; replica wheels; and much more.

Our rims come with a lifetime warranty and are available for the lowest prices in the industry. When you need to get rolling again, WheelsRims can make it happen.

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