Alloy Wheels are the thing of ‘hipsters’ these days but did you know that alloys have more to it than plain visual aesthetics? Of course you did, how else would you qualify as an auto-enthusiast! The objective of this post is to highlight the practical advantages of alloy wheels over steel rims and to answer a few questions that are commonly asked.
Alloy vs. Steel:
Alloy wheels perform the same functions as their steel counterparts with the exception of cutting down the weight by a considerable margin. Alloy wheels are composed of aluminium and magnesium – although magnesium is not so popular nowadays due to a few negative aspects that we will be addressing in a while – for their lightweight properties, which does not just enhance acceleration and top speed, but also increase fuel economy.
Magnesium wheels, or mag wheels, are just as popular as aluminium wheels, although, they are highly combustible and burn red hot in the case of an accidental fire. Hence, they are more difficult to put out! However, if you choose to ignore that part, mag wheels are the most stylish accessories for your ride, but who wants to sacrifice safety for cosmetic benefits!
Advantages of Alloy Wheels:
Here are some of the advantages of alloy wheels over their steel counterparts.
- Being lightweight, alloy wheels enhance handling and maintain better road grip.
- Lightweight rims put less stress on the supporting components of your vehicle, such as the suspension column, reducing body roll.
- Alloys wheels can absorb more punishment than conventional steel rims. Hence, they last longer and can go through greater stress. They do not bend easily and are more difficult to break.
- Alloys dissipate heat faster than steel. Hence, they cool down quicker and can keep up with temperature
- differences easily. This helps the brakes cool down faster, resulting in lesser chances of brake failure.
- Alloys are available in a wide variety of shapes and designs and are available in chrome, paint or polish.
- Alloy wheels last longer than traditional steel rims, making your neighbor grow green with envy.
Choose the Right Alloy Wheel
If you’re looking to buy alloy wheels online in Australia, you should look for a store with a huge collection. A comprehensive collection must include everything from 4×4 alloy wheels to mag wheels and budget rims. They have to guarantee right fitment the first time. Hence, send you exactly what you have ordered, the first time to avoid frustrations.
Good-luck with shopping for your wheels on the web, it can be tough if you don’t know where to look, but I’d definitely recommend searching on Google and reading reviews before deciding.