Just a few decades ago, the majority of vehicles came equipped with steel wheels and wheel covers. They were inexpensive and gave consumers a large selection of style of wheel covers to choose from. Wheel covers can still be purchased in regular department stores. Today, most manufacturers equip all of their cars and crossovers with alloy and aluminum wheels for their infinite styles and the performance advantages they offer. The kind of wheels you choose depends on where you drive and what you drive. The following are the important differences between alloy wheels and steel wheels to help you choose the right ones for you.
Alloy or Aluminum Wheels
Alloy wheels, also called aluminum wheels, are standard equipment on most cars and crossovers and smaller trucks and SUVs. Unlike steel, alloy is malleable and be cast into virtually an infinite number of styles and sizes. They can also be finished in a number of different ways to give them a unique look including painted, machined, chromed and polished. They are also lighter which gives you better handling and acceleration. They are also available in a wider range of sizes than steel. The only limit to what you want is your wallet.
Alloy are not for all vehicles. Their construction and weight cause them to bend more than steel wheels on rough terrain, which can cause them to crack. They are also more prone to cosmetic damage from curbs, road solvents and brake dust. Their weight and design can also make them cause poor handling in icy or snowy conditions.
Steel wheels used to be standard equipment on most vehicles, but today they are reserved for larger trucks, SUVs and low-budget vehicles. They are usually plain and heavy. When you want performance, they definitely should not be your first choice. If you are looking for strength and durability however, they are the perfect choice. They are stronger than alloy wheels and can withstand a much greater force before they crack or bend. You can give the appearance of them being alloy with the right choice of covers, but if they are on a more utilitarian vehicle, you can just leave them alone.
Steel wheels have a big disadvantage, as they are only available in limited sizes, typically no larger than 16 inches. This means that replacing alloy wheels with steel wheels can cause handling and braking problems because many vehicles are not designed to have smaller wheel’s installed. Steel are also much less expensive, in some cases nearly 80 percent less than alloy wheels. If your vehicle is capable of having smaller wheels installed, they can be ideal for winter tire applications.
Now that you know the difference, you can be an educated consumer when it comes to buying wheels for your vehicle. With summer just around the corner, you could also treat your vehicle to a stylish new set of wheels and some summer tires to make your warm weather driving more enjoyable. Now is the time to take what you have learned to your White Rock GRiP Tire for a new set of wheels, and maybe even a set of tires. You can book an appointment on our website or call us at 778-537-4747 and we will connect you with the location nearest you. Making sure your truck is level will help the life span of your tires.
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