One of the nice things about owning your own vehicle is having the opportunity to customize it however you want. Whether it is a sick new paint job or luxury chrome rims, the sky is the limit. A popular customization for truck owners is installing a lift kit. While it definitely makes the truck look bigger, it doesn’t work as well on cars. To really make your sports car sizzle, perhaps you should consider widening your rims.
Tire widening can be done on nearly any vehicle, but it is most commonly done on sport/ racecars that are looking to accommodate a specific size and type of raceline wheels . Drag racers especially are known for their wide rear tires and smaller front tires.
Whether your reasoning is personal, practical, or all for fun, widened rims are certainly obtainable. Unless you really know what you are doing it is best that you now attempt this on your own. An improper weld could cause the new rim to separate causing serious damage to yourself and your vehicle.
To widen your tires the first step is to read through your owner’s manual, call the dealership, and do some searching online to see what size rims your vehicle can handle. There is a certain tire ratio that needs to be obtained so that your car continues to drive smoothly, your speedometer reads correctly and one set of tires doesn’t wear out prematurely. It is also important that you have proper clearance around the wheel well.
Once you have decided on a size it’s time to locate a professional who can do the widening for you. Do your research and feel free to shop around before you make a decision. Depending on who you choose they may have different requirements as to what type of rims and what may or may not need to be done to them ahead of time. Also remember, you get what you pay for. It doesn’t mean you should go for the most expensive, but someone who is offering to do it for well below the average price will, typically, have well below the average quality.
With your new widened rims and tires installed the first thing your going to want to do is take your new ride out. But don’t forget to check the tire pressure . Over inflated tires can rub on the car and cause damage to the tires. Use the recommended psi for your tires as a guide as well as your eyes. Looking from the rear all of the tread should be on the ground. If the tread is up in the air you are probably over inflated. However if the sidewall is touching the ground you are underinflated.
And now your ready to hit the road!