5 of the Best Aftermarket Wheels You Can Buy for Your Car
One of the first things people do when they want to change things up on their car is buy a set of aftermarket wheels. It’s seems like a great idea, as this will drastically effect the way your car looks, and there are literally thousands of different wheel configurations for you to choose from. From period correct 14-inch replicas to gargantuan 32-inch chrome rollers, there really is something for everyone these days, and the only thing holding someone back how much they are willing to pay.
But before you go and buy the first set of wheels you find be sure to watch this video on why knock-off rims are so dangerous. In the wheel world, you typically get what you pay for, and when it comes to something that could potentially save (or take) your life, you want some strength and rigidity to go with the looks. You also have to take into consideration things like proper width, offset, bolt patterns/pitch circle diameter (PCD), caliper clearance, and load tolerances to name just a few. Most people don’t care though, and they just buy whatever looks best to them at the lowest possible price, not knowing that they are investing in something that could crack or bend at a moment’s notice.
So before we go any further, let’s talk about the two primary ways wheels are made: casting and forging. Casting is the process in which aluminum alloy is melted at high temperatures and is then poured into a mold to form a product. This is the easiest and cheapest way to mass produce wheels, and is how the majority of those knock-off and budget-oriented rims are formed. Besides being prone to bends and cracks, the casting process makes significant weight reduction almost impossible as it cannot be formed into a thin layer of metal. And while there are some very high-quality cast wheels out there, with unique strengthening steps, these reinforced versions typically cost a quite bit more than their simplistic counterparts.
陳道 Will Chen