Choosing the right alloy wheels for your kit car involves more than just browsing through a glossy magazine and picking a style that takes your fancy. Yes, of course getting the style right is the first thing that anyone sees and can make a huge difference to the overall aesthetic of your vehicle.
Imagine for a moment how the cars in the magazine would look if they simply sported a set of pressed steel factory fitted rims – not exactly head turners, right?
Yet, getting it right can improve your vehicles overall performance in a number of ways:
Your wheels are actually an integral part of your steering and suspension system. we have all sat in a boy racers mean machine with ultra low profile tires and felt the bone jarring jolt of hitting a pothole. So for a given size, the larger the rim, the lower the tire profile will be. Add to this that the wheels make up a significant part of the vehicles unsprung weight, so lighter rims actually aid handling.
Fitting custom alloys will often mean fitting wider tires, which means better traction during acceleration possibly more importantly, during braking. During cornering, the tire really bites into the road, ensuring maximal grip as you flick your machine through the ess bends. On the track, these fractions of a second can add up to make the difference between being in front or tucking in behind your competitors!
A major consideration before you shell out your hard earned cash is to check your vehicles lug pattern. After all, a 4 lug vehicle will need a wheel with 4 mounting holes. Seems obvious, right? Well, there’s a bit more to it than this. See, you also need to check the spacing between the lugs to ensure it fits on your car. Most online wheel suppliers such as Andys Auto Sport and AutoAnything have all this information at hand so you can check before you order.
The Backspacing refers to how much space is between the outer edge and the center of the wheel. Depending on the wheels offset, this size will vary. A zero offset means that the mounting surface if equal to the center line. A negative offset will make the mounting surface closer to the back of the wheel while a positive offset will be the opposite.
Choosing the right wheels will take a little working our at first, but get it right and you will end up with a stylish and functional set of rims that add value to your kit car.