If you want your car or truck to look cool, the best thing you can do for it is put on some new wheels. The wheels are the soul of the car and one of the first things that people notice. A sweet set of wheels can make a boring car look cool in an instant. Before you plunk down your hard-earned cash on a set, find what the different types of wheels are.
Alloy wheels are the most common on the market. They are more expensive than steel wheels, but they save money over steel ones. The reduced weight of alloy wheels contribute towards a lower fuel economy for your car. Moreover, the lighter wheels reduce the energy needed to move and steer the car, saving you valuable fuel!
They are more prone to cracking and bending, but it’s a good trade-off for the increased fuel mileage. They come in far more designs and deliver style and function. A key feature to alloys is their improved ability to dissipate heat, which provides a reduced risk of brake failure and instead, allows for a better braking performance in your vehicle instead.
Steel wheels cost less than the other kinds. They are a great example of function over form; they are for utility, not style. They stand up to the worst weather conditions and driving styles. Steel wheels are heavy and can take a lot of abuse, but they put strain on the axle and fuel efficiency of the vehicle.
Steel wheels are significantly stronger than alloy wheels making them the ideal choice for use in the Winter and for more powerful vehicles. For drivers looking for a cheaper more durable alternative, steel wheels are the way to go.
Forged and Cast Wheels
To make steel or alloy wheels, manufacturers have two options available to them: casting or forging them. Casting metal means melting the metal down to a liquid and pouring it into a mold. When the metal cools, it takes the shape of the mold. The process is quick and less expensive to produce, saving the customer money. Contrary to popular belief, a properly cast wheel can weigh more than a forged wheel and the build quality is more than enough for street and light track use.
Forged wheels are milled out of a solid block of billet aluminum. Forged wheels are significantly lighter than cast wheels and come in cooler designs. The reason is that because the wheels are designed on a CAD program, and greater detail and imagination can be applied to the design. Forged wheels are also mechanically stronger, ensuring better wear resistance over time.
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