Car and Truck Wheel Rims
Rims offer a popular way of customizing a vehicle. In fact, the majority of automobile owners spend a fortune on flashy wheels. Here are commonly asked questions about rims:How do you determine 15-inch truck rims?
The rim size is the diameter of the tire's bead. You can't measure it without removing the tire from the rim. They usually have a size series printed out on them, showing the size of the wheel. The series begins with LT (for Light Truck) or a P (for Passenger). For example, a truck wheel may have the initials P185/70/R15 printed out. The two-digit numbers following R shows the rim diameter is 15 inches, while the R means it is a Radial tire.What do you look for when buying used 15-inch rims?
You need to decide whether you are looking for functional or performance rims. Functional rims are made to meet particular driving conditions. Performance wheels, on the other hand, are designed for looks and feature a shiny metal alloy or chrome. Be sure to check if the weight rating exceeds the curb weight of your SUV, Jeep, or other vehicles.Can 15-inch rims fit on a vehicle with 16-inch tires?
Yes they can. You just need to consider the overall rolling distance, i.e., the distance the vehicle will travel with one revolution. This distance changes if the diameter of the wheel and the tire changes; it also causes the speedometer to be inaccurate. As such, you can only change 16-inch rims to 15-inch ones if the diameter remains the same and does not cause the speedometer to be incorrect.
Additionally, you want to maintain the original width of the rims to keep the vehicle's proper footprint. Thus, if the initial rim was 16 by 7 inches, the replacement should be 15 by 7 inches. If you are replacing the rims with used or discounted ones, be sure to check the lug pattern. You can bring a lug measuring device to determine the spacing in the holes on the used rim.Should you use steel, cast alloy, chrome, or platinum wheels?
Steel wheels for a truck are heavier than those made from the cast material. However, they feature a robust construction for durability and a consistent composition that is not available on their counterparts. Steel wheels are more resistant to corrosion from sand, dirt, and brake depletion. Wheels made of the cast material, on the other hand, are flexible, as they employ low-pressure casting techniques for additional malleability. They are also more porous, easy to clean, and feature a consistent, long-lasting shine.
Chrome and platinum wheels are performance-based and have a shorter life expectancy. Auto owners should avoid those that already have scratches.