Sure, it is true that the actual act of changing your tires is pretty simple, one that even the newest person can figure out with a little time spent on YouTube. However, picking and choosing which aftermarket wheels are perfect for your ride and your driving needs to replace your stock wheel can be a lot tougher to figure out!
When it comes to choosing the right aftermarket wheels, there are a lot of different things that you need to keep in mind. Not only do you need to make sure you are picking a look that suits you and your ride (make sure you go for something that accents your truck, Jeep or SUV without overpowering its look,) you also have to figure out all of the technical stuff such as bolt pattern, backspacing, offsetting and that does not even begin to account for basic factors like diameter and width.
If the world of aftermarket wheels has you a little stressed, stop fretting and keep reading. We can help break down all of the technical stuff so you have a better understanding and can just focus on what is going to look the best on your truck, Jeep, or SUV.
Starting off: Square or Staggered?
When it comes to aftermarket wheels, you will want to start off with the type of fitment you are looking for. Fortunately, when it comes to streetcars, there is no real right answer on whether you should go with a staggered or square fitment. However, you might want to know the difference!
Square Fitment: With this type of fitment, the wheels at the back and the front of your vehicle are the same widths.
Staggered Fitment: As you may already assume, a staggered fitment has different width of wheels, with the back wheels being wider.
One thing to keep in mind is that if you have a four-wheel-drive vehicle or a front-wheel-drive one, then the choice of square or staggered is taken away from you altogether. While you will still be able to make a lot of aftermarket choices, you cannot go with a staggered fitment.
Benefits Of Staggered/Square
Staggered wheels can help give your ride a more aggressive look, however, they are best used for cars or trucks in areas that do not require you to switch between summer, winter, and snow tires all of the time. Square can be your best bet if you need to swap tires throughout the seasons. However, in dry conditions, the staggered wheels will help give you a wider grip on the road, meaning you will get a better performance out of your car or truck, and will even see some better handling with them.
Off- or On-road: Where Are You Driving?
After you have your fitment figured out, you will need to ask yourself: Where are you going to be driving on these aftermarket wheels most often? It may sound simple, but oftentimes people can get lost in the details and they forget that where you drive will be one of the biggest influences on what you should be driving on. So, if you plan on driving off-road, you are going to want to make sure you have aftermarket wheels that will be able to handle tough terrain with ease.
Off-road wheels are built differently than on-road ones. These wheels are engineered to be a lot more durable and able to perform under extreme circumstances. However, if you are driving on-road and are looking for something that is also in an alloy, and you are concerned about adding a lot of weight to your vehicle, you should be looking towards performance aftermarket wheels. If you want to learn more then contact us today!