Upgrading To Larger Custom Wheels? 3 Things to Consider

Posted on: 26 March 2019

Whether your current rims and tires are worn or you are just looking for a cosmetic change, replacing your wheels can be a great investment. Of course, proper understanding and a bit of research is key if you want to choose the right rims and tires for your vehicle. In most cases, you would replace existing rims and tires with the same size. However, if you want to enhance the vehicle's look, upgrading to custom rims and tires can be a good investment. These tips will help you select the right wheels for your vehicle's custom look.

Focus on Offset

The offset is an important factor to consider when you are buying custom wheels. Offset refers to the amount of space from the backside of the wheel's mounting pad to the exterior flange on the rim. Basically, it is the amount of space for the tire under the fenders.

If you are replacing current tires and rims with the same size, the offset does not actually matter. On the other hand, if you are replacing current tires and rims with larger custom options, you will need to know the offset to ensure that the new wheels work for your vehicle.

Measure Rims

You will also need to know the diameter of your current rims and the diameter of the custom rims you are considering.

Remember that if you are planning to install larger rims and tires, other elements of your vehicle's operation will be affected. For example, larger rims and tires can affect the calibration of your speedometer, the odometer, and the anti-lock braking system.

Also, larger diameter rims and tires can affect the amount of clearance. If you are replacing rims and tires on a pickup truck, you may need a suspension lift as well.

If you are installing larger rims and tires in the vehicle's rear with smaller rims and tires in the front, there is even more of a risk of calibration issues because of the wider margin difference. Make sure to have an experienced auto technician update your calibrations after the installation of your new rims and tires.

Consider Lug Nuts

You may be surprised to learn that your lug nuts also matter when you are considering upgrading to larger custom wheels and tires.

You will need to make sure the factor fasteners will fit your new custom wheels. If not, you will need to install a new set of fasteners or an adapter before installing the new custom rims and tires.