Looking to change the wheels on your Honda, Mercedes, BMW, Chevrolet, Ford or other? There are a number of reasons why you might consider changing your wheels or rims. The first reason a lot of people buy aftermarket rim & wheel packages for their car is, the look and feel. Buying a new set of aftermarket wheels for your ride really makes your vehicle stand out from the rest. Alloy rims are one type of replacement that is extremely popular. These wheels are extremely reflective – yes, OK, you can say it. They’re shiny.
Once you’ve decided that you want to put some aftermarkets on your ride – the next question is, what size should I purchase? If you’re trying to skimp and save some money, buy the same wheel size as what you have now. It’s possible if you purchase the same wheel size, you won’t have to purchase new tires to go around the rims. This is a good idea if you’re wanting to save some money. However, most people don’t go this route. Most generally buy bigger wheels then what they already have. This is because most cars come with 15 or 16″ wheels. If you get bigger rims that come with the car, it’ll probably be a truck. And most likely, you won’t need or want to change the wheels then.
Size of wheels:
15″ – Comes stock on many vehicles, small sized wheels. Industry standard
16″ – Some larger vehicles may come in 16,” such as Ford Taurus SEL.
18″ – Many trucks come with an 18″ wheel size
20″ – Generally not included on stock vehicles unless purchasing a special edition
Another thing you need to keep in mind if you’re changing your wheels, is the offset of your wheels. What bolt pattern do you have on your car? You’ll need to maintain that same offset with the replacement or aftermarket rims that you purchase. To figure out the offset of your wheel, take a look at the chart for your vehicle. For example, the Ford Mustang for years 1994 and onward have a bolt pattern of 5 x 114.3. Lug nut is 1/2 – rh and offset is m/h. Good to know when you’re looking for a new set of wheels for your Mustang.
Hopefully this article has helped you to figure out what wheels you would like to purchase. The only other thing you need to decide is, what brand or manufacturer of wheel do I want to purchase?