Wheel Weight Matters!
Many people like to customize the rims and tires on their vehicle for aesthetic reasons as well as for minor performance boosts. Changing up the wheels can have a dramatic effect on the overall performance of your vehicle. Changing up to a more expensive wheel will also mean managing weight.
The overall weight of your wheel will determine the amount of energy that it takes to spin the wheel and get your car up to a certain speed. Choosing a steel rim and a large wheel can change the performance makeup of your vehicle and make it overly difficult for you to work at accelerating as fast, experiencing the same ride, stopping as fast or experiencing the same fuel economy. Changing out your wheels to something more stylish can come at a price when you choose something extra heavy.
In the racing world Formula One is regularly using magnesium alloy wheels because they have an amazing level of durability and strength. They can also reduce the overall weight of a wheel without compromising durability. Lightweight aluminum alloy wheels for passenger vehicles can be an excellent way to manage that durability with style and finish options too.
Having a lighter weight wheel can improve the performance of your vehicle as it will take less energy to drive the wheels forward and there’s far less weight to control while the vehicle is in motion. Reducing the unsprung weight also gives you more play in your shock absorbers which can improve your ride and handling.
Switching over to a lighter vehicle can improve performance in almost every aspect including your fuel economy. Your vehicle will be able to accelerate faster, break and corner with ease and all from a quality wheel replacement package.
If you’re interested in replacing your wheels, contact us today to learn more.
This post was written by Justin K, owner of Wheel Identity and wheel specialist in Tampa. Wheel Identity is Tampa Bay’s premier custom shop. We carry wheel and tire packages for every vehicle, custom suspension kits, and all accessories for the interior or exterior of your vehicle. We only hire highly trained technicians using state of the art equipment with experience in all areas of tire, wheel, suspension, and 4×4 needs.