Believed to be the greatest invention of human civilization, the wheel has build nations with its vital role in influencing the growth of industries and flourishing of many cultures. In the automotive arena, wheels are not merely requirements for a vehicle but must-haves to enhance performance, looks and safety for the passengers.
There are many considerations to be accounted for when it comes to wheels such as dimensions, type and material catering to different needs of a vehicle owner. Basically, there are two types of wheels namely: stamped sheet metal and machine casting wheels. Cast alloy wheels like the aluminum wheels are lighter, firmer and costlier than stamped sheet metal wheels. Most common wheels on the streets today are the massed-produced and cheaper steel wheels for their various functions. But when it comes to handling abilities, alloy wheels have the edge as they minimize the vehicle's unsprung weight. They also have the ability to withstand heat from brake pads.
Today, wheels have become sophisticated with so much investment allotted for them. Custom after-market wheels, or rims, have become a status symbols for urban dwellers. The rims have become very much customized that they so have so many specifications. With its signature "sparkling" look, Some chrome rims include "spinners, " or bearing-mounted, free spinning discs which keep on rotating via inertia after the vehicle is stopped.
Most often, custom rims are either larger or smaller than the stock wheel mounted in the vehicle. Diameters of these rims range from 18" to up 30" depending on the type of the vehicle. Sparkling chrome rims represent the lifestyle and comfort of a vehicle owner for all to see.