When the wheel is reinvented, we are greeted with something new and wonderful. Those new inventions are 20 inch rims. They have been famously shown and mentioned in the hip hop culture, but have been embraced by rural folks as well. These rims, 20 inches and larger, may stiffen the ride of your vehicle due to the lower profile tires that are required, but the overall appearance of the car or truck with the larger rims will more than make up for the increased harshness of the ride. Whatever you choose, there are a few things that can help you in your choice.
The hunt for the perfect rims involves many important decisions. You have to choose what material you like, what style you like and level of care you can give them. These wheels are made of chrome and aluminum. The heavier chrome wheels are the most durable choice and aluminum wheels are the cheaper choice. Aluminum wheels are often cast as opposed to forged meaning they are a little softer and more likely to become damaged during rough driving conditions. Chrome must be polished to maintain the mirror finish that chrome is known for. Aluminum wheels can be cleaned with spray on wheel cleaners and hosed off.
Before you put the 20 inch rims on your car or truck, a proper fit must be assured. The shop you buy your wheels from should do this for you before mounting tires. The wheel should not rub the undercarriage when they are turned to full lock. Your chosen shop should offer an assortment of tire sizes that will be the same height as your original equipment tire to keep the speedometer reading accurate. Pricing will vary from a cheap, imported tire to a top of the line, high dollar tire.
Driving a vehicle with over-sized wheels and tires requires care beyond that which you would normally give. Any irregularity in the road should be avoided if at all possible as potholes, curbs and large rocks can damage your expensive wheels beyond repair. Any bend in a wheel can cause a slow tire leak around the wheel and a wheel that bent very quickly and very sharply can crack, causing a devastating tire leak and tire destruction.
Keeping your wheels clean is a priority. There are a lot of products out there that you can use to keep them in top shape. Make sure you use a product that is safe on chrome, alloy, or whatever type of wheel you just bought.
Another thing of concern with wheels of this size is theft. Larger wheels are like a bulls-eye for attention, so what can you do to make sure they stay on your vehicle? You can purchase wheel locks, which is a special lug nut that only the owner will have the key for. You can also get an after market security system for your vehicle. With all that combined, you should be in good hands.
One last tip, consider where you live as well! If you are in a wintry climate that is prone to getting those snowy and icy storms, keep the old set of wheels as well. Put those on to keep the new ones from getting tainted with salt and the numerous dings that could happen from sliding around on the ice.
The decision to purchase and fit 20 inch rims is not an easy one, requiring hard thought and consideration. Once you make the decision to find a shop to fit your car with larger, more beautiful wheels, you will get a lot of stares and casual glances than your car ever got with your old rims. The proper wheel will set off the entire exterior appearance of the vehicle with the same styling that a good pair of shoes does to a woman’s outfit. Wheels are the jewelry that you car wears and you can enjoy the feeling of knowing that your car looks better outfitted with these larger rims than it ever did before. Enjoy the process of buying and fitting the larger wheels. Enjoy the new appearance of your ride even more.