What Rolling Out Is All About: 20" Rim Ownership And Maintenance

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People want to make the wheel something new these days and that often requires up sizing to 20 inch wheels. These rims gained notoriety in the urban environment, but the draw of these wheels, and the subsequent fuller wheel-wells is spreading to rural towns. These larger wheels, those 20 inches and larger, require a tire with a smaller sidewall to slide into the fender-wells of your vehicle. When you choose to go with 20 inch rims, there are many things to consider.

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.

When putting 20 inch rims on your car or truck, a test fit is a necessity. When you can, have a tire shop remove your current tire and wheel assembly and put the bare wheel on the car to ensure that the wheel will clear the undercarriage when they are turned. The choice of tires can include tire prices from cheap to outrageously expensive. When choosing a tire, you have to make sure the overall height is very similar to the factory issued size to make sure your speedometer will read the appropriate speed.

When enjoying the appearance of your new rims, you must take extra care while driving through town and especially outside of town. The ever-present pothole will wreak havoc on your expensive aftermarket wheels. The sharp drop off into the hole can and will bend the lip of your 20 inch rims to the point that the wheels is no longer usable on your vehicle. If it bends far enough, fast enough, the lip of the wheel can crack, causing a small air leak, which can flatten your tire. When driving on a low or flat tire with a 20 inch wheel, you can ruin the tire very quickly, incurring more cost as you have to replace a two hundred dollar tire.

Cleaning your new rims is a must. There are many different products that you can use for your new wheels. Make sure you use a product that is safe on chrome, alloy, or whatever type of wheel you may have purchased.

Theft is a big issue with larger wheels; it is like they are a magnet for attention. So what do you do to make sure they stay yours, and not stolen? Purchase wheel locks and an after market security system. The wheel locks are special lug nuts that require a special key that only you will have.

One other thing to consider is where you live. Especially if you are in a climate that is prone to winter storms. You will want to winterize your car. Which means you will want to take off your new rims and put them up for storage. So keep those old wheels and tires you had before, and put those on. This will keep your new rims, salt free, and ding free.

The decision to purchase and fit 20 wheels 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 custom wheels. Enjoy the new appearance of your ride even more.

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