If you want to soup up your car or truck with custom wheels and tires, the best plan for buying them online is to find the packaged sets. Most online tire stores will allow you to choose the design, materials, and size you like, and they will consolidate them, giving you a better price than you would pay la carte. Sites will generally suggest pairings based on popular demand and the manufacture’s suggestions. What’s more, they may throw in accessories or cleaning products to sweeten the deal. The convenience of conducting this transaction online can’t be beat, especially if you live a long way from any kind of custom auto/body shops. And even if you do have such a shop nearby, you will find a better selection online, which may be a superior choice if you’re looking for something special to make your car stand out from the crowd.
Online tire retailers will typically ask you to specify the kind of car on which you will be mounting your new tires. This information will ensure that you do not buy tires of an inappropriate weight or size for you car, and you will get the best handling and performance from your new purchase. For example, a tire with large sidewalls will need to be mounted on a smaller wheel and vice versa.
Buying your tires and wheels as a packaged set may also have the advantage of receiving the tires already mounted on the wheels by a professional who will make sure your tires are not damaged in the mounting process and see to it that they are properly weighted and balanced.
When shopping for custom wheels, look for a product that offers superior performance and handling in addition to appearance. Look for a tire with a strong, high rated grip, and don’t waste your money on tires made from softer materials: these will have a shorter lifespan than your factory tires, and you will spend more replacing them. Tires made from harder compounds will last much longer and will be safer to drive on. If you have the space and the funds to do so, keep a spare set of tires on hand in your garage. Chances are, if you’ve put custom wheels on your car, your doughnut won’t be of much help if you get a flat while you’re out and about. While it is never a good idea to drive more than you have to on a doughnut, the difference in size and weight might throw the rest of your car out of balance or alignment if you don’t replace the damaged tire right away.
Finally, chrome steel wheels look good, but are a great deal heavier than the original manufacturer’s wheels and can have a negative effect on your car’s performance. Aluminum is not only lighter, but is often less expensive, and will not place unwanted wear and tear on your car. After all, custom wheels are meant to improve the looks, value, and performance of your car.