Truck rims are used to mount tires and attach them to the tire axle of the vehicle. There are four things that you should consider when buying truck rims: material, price, style, and weight. All four items have impact on the performance of the truck and your overall satisfaction.
There are two types of truck rims: performance and functional. A performance rim is designed to enhance the appearance and styling of the vehicle. The rim is typically made of chrome or other shiny metal. The tire size is usually larger than the owner's manual recommendation, as this is a part of the visual appeal.
A functional tire rim is designed to meet specific requirements for use in different types of weather and road conditions. The rims can be larger or smaller than the standard rims and provide an opportunity to use thicker tires designed for winter or rough terrain. When purchasing new truck rims, new tires must also be purchased.
If you change the dimensions of the tire, both the speedometer and the weight capacity of the vehicle must be adjusted. The speedometer will need to be recalibrated to adjust for the difference in wheel circumference. The weight capacity may have increased or decreased, depending on the new size of the tires and rims.
When selecting new truck rims, check the material used. Chrome or platinum rims are for style and appearance purposes. They require regular maintenance to maintain the same degree of shine and luster. Steel or aluminum rims are less expensive and are better suited for a working truck.
Chrome rims range in price from $100 to $600 US Dollars (USD) each. Tires must be added to the rims, increasing the price. Steel or aluminum rims range in price from $35 to $100 USD each. Think about the life span of the rims and how you plan to use them when making this decision.
Specially designed truck rims are the last piece added to a customized truck to improve the appearance. If your truck is used for construction or material movement work, these rims will not improve the appearance of your truck. The weight capacity of any vehicle is based on the structural frame and the tire and rim size. The weight of the vehicle itself and any other materials is distributed along the length of the vehicle and must be supported by the tires and rims. Check the rating on the rims before making your purchase.