Tips on Making the Right Selection of Alloys for Your Car

There are many benefits to investing in alloys for your car’s wheels. As well as having a strong aesthetic impact on the look of your car,  alloy wheels can also be used to make your vehicle more aerodynamic and more fuel efficient. What, though, are some of the main areas that you should be focused on when selecting the right alloys for your car, and how can you avoid problems with insurance and depreciation by taking the time to choose only the very best alloys?

 

Racing:

If you want to race with alloy wheels, then you should be focusing on choosing brands that will be best suited to high speeds and handling; some notable brands in this respect include BK Racing and Fox Racing, which can give you more value than other alloys when it comes to aerodynamics.

The Make and Model of Your Car

You have to make sure that the alloys you choose for your car are suitable for your wheels’ diameter and the overall suspension quality of a vehicle; getting the wrong alignment, and deviating too far from your wheel offset can cause problems with handling and the general safety of your car.

Impact on Fuel Economy

A well designed alloy wheel can make your car more aerodynamic and lighter than a standard wheel, allowing you to improve your fuel economy; how much you can save, though, will depend on whether you’ve made the right adjustments to the weight distribution of your car’s suspension and wheel alignment.

Depreciation Values

Some alloy wheels can have a damaging effect on your car’s value if you don’t take the time to have them properly fitted and maintained – damage to your car’s suspension, or problems with keeping your vehicle in line with factory settings can make it harder to sell it in the future.

Insurance

Many insurers will be wary about giving you a policy that covers alloy wheels and other modifications, especially if your alloys are mostly designed for racing and appearance, rather than practical improvements. You’ll need to compare the car insurance market to find a specialist provider.

Offset

An important part of your wheel’s alignment ratio, offset can be made negative or positive depending on the angle of the mounting surface of the back of a wheel and its centre line. Check with suppliers and garages to make sure that the offset you receive with new alloys won’t be too far from a neutral position, as this can cause handling problems.

Extra Parts

It’s worth investing in a few extra parts if you are going to be fitting alloys to your car; these can include spigot rings for improving rim protection, as well as spacers for reducing damage from an offset modification. Make sure that you buy compatible parts that won’t put any extra strain on your wheels.

Aesthetic Choices

Different alloy wheels will have different aesthetic effects – wider spoke wheels tend to work best with larger cars, while more minimalist alloys can be found that expose the center of your wheel and bolts without compromising safety.

Author Bio: Roger Harrison is a car modifier and blogger on all things motorsports. He recommends taking the time to get the best alloy wheels for your car to reduce the risk of accidental damage. He also blogs about speedway and car insurance.


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