Don’t make the mistake of thinking that wheels and accessories of your jeeps are only for an aesthetic purpose like most people, that’s definitely not true in every case. Upgrading your wheels do add a nice touch to your vehicle as plenty of beautiful designs are in the market to choose from, but it has a greater purpose – improving the handling and performance of your vehicle. If you’re a frequent off-roader, you certainly need to consider an upgraded set of wheels for improved handling, performance, and overall durability. Moreover, it has been proved that equipped with upgraded wheels aids in fuel economy, so that’s another plus.
However, choosing the right kind of jeep parts in Edmonton isn’t an easy task when it comes to replacing the stock wheels. And trust me when I tell you this – not only you, most of the wheel shops do not have the exact idea of the same, so it will be better not to go by their suggestions as well. Nothing to be worried though, here are the 3 most important factors you should look for when you’re going to buy new wheels – make sure to have a look on them below before you enter the shop.
First, you need to consider your priority to choose the right material for the wheels. There are two types, mainly, steel and alloy. If the jeep is your second vehicle and you do not intend to use it for your daily driving but for the weekend off-roading adrenalin rush – then the steel wheels would be a better choice. They are durable, can take a lot of beating, and excellent repairability make them ideal for your next off-road adventure. On the other hand, if it’s your only vehicle serves your daily driving need, and occasional off-roading as well, then alloy it is. It is significantly lighter compared to the steel variant, meaning it will put less stress on the suspension and dissipate heat more efficiently from the brake pads, which will increase the braking performance and improve longevity. Having said that, alloy wheels are pricier, your friendly neighborhood repair shop won’t be able to repair them easily and repairing cost will be much higher. Also, alloy wheels are not exactly known for durability due to less rigidness, though your jeep will turn more heads if you consider that’s a factor for you.
2. BOLT PATTERN
Another vital thing to look for is the bolt pattern for your jeep model. No two jeep models are the same when it comes to bolt pattern, so unless you know the exact bolt pattern for the wheels of your jeep, you can check it out in Google, or just ask your dealer. So make sure that the bolt pattern of that gorgeous alloys matches your model before you pay for it.
3. RIM SIZE AND WIDTH
Rim size and width should be matched with your tire, that goes without saying. For example, if the tire of your jeep is of 15-inch, you should look for a wheel of the same diameter, i.e. 15-inch. Of course, that doesn’t mean they can’t be mismatched a little bit, but you should be careful not to go overboard with that. Safety should be the priority over anything, hence following the recommendations of the tire manufacturer strictly would be wise. However, no matter what tire you install, the tire pressure monitor of your jeep would work anyway, so that’s not a thing to be worried.