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What are Custom Rims?

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  • Written By: Carol Francois
  • Edited By: Bronwyn Harris
  • Last Modified Date: 20 August 2017
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Custom rims are specially designed tire rims or wheel hubs for a car or truck. There are two types of custom rims: functional and performance. Each type of rim has strengths, weaknesses, and a target consumer group. Understanding the different options available increases your purchasing power and ability to obtain the correct rim for your vehicle.

A tire rim is the metal frame that the tire sits on. The size of the rim determines the size of the tire, which are based on the engine size, weight, and carrying capacity of the vehicle. Every car manufacturer provides a standard tire rim that meets the minimal requirements of the vehicle. Many customers choose to purchase custom rims to enhance the performance or appearance of their vehicle.

A functional custom rim is designed to accommodate different tire sizes. These rims are also known as winter rims or summer rims. The tires are mounted on the seasonal rim. Each fall and spring, the rims and tires are changed. This costs less money than switching tires on the same rims.

When purchasing a set of functional custom rims, it is important to think about the correct tire size. If you choose to change the size of your tires and rims, ask your mechanic to check your speedometer. It will need to be recalibrated based on the new tire dimension. Check the owner's manual for information on weight limits and carrying capacity, as these might change.

Performance custom rims are designed for the car aficionado. They come in a wide range of styles, materials, and designs. The price range for custom performance rims ranges from $75 to over $2,000 US Dollars (USD) per rim. Chrome rims and sport tires are a very popular option and often appear on luxury or high end vehicles.

The selection of the correct rim and tire is based on further enhancing the appearance of a well-maintained vehicle. The rims are the last part of the work that would be done to modify the appearance from the standard paint and body style. When selecting performance custom rims, think about your budget and maintenance requirements. These types of rims usually require a special tire make and size, both of which increase the price of the tires. In addition, any repairs to these types of tires are more expensive, due to the extra work involved.

Chrome or platinum rims have a high luminance and require regular cleaning and polishing to maintain that appearance. The tires will also require regular polishing to achieve the ideal appearance. Styles are cyclical; make sure that you do not purchase a rim that is very popular now, as it will be out of fashion soon. Choose one that appeals to you and improves the appearance of your vehicle.

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