You love your car and are working hard to make it the custom masterpiece you have always envisioned. Now comes the time to make your current wheels, custom wheels. Custom wheels will give your vehicle a unique look that you want. Not sure how to measure your custom wheels? Let us help you with that. If you are interested in getting your rims customized, give us a call to discuss your project (360) 546-1799.
What size are the wheels?
The wheel industry measures the wheel width at the point where the bead of the tire rests. For example, on a 15×7-sized wheel, the wheel diameter measures 8” from one outer flange to the other. If you want to measure the bolt pattern, find out what type of bolt pattern your wheel requires. They have a 4, 5, 6, or 8-bolt pattern. The 5-bolt pattern is hard to measure unless you have a bolt pattern gauge. To measure other bolt patterns, measure from the middle of one lug hole to the center of the opposite hole.
Need to measure the backspacing of your custom wheels? You should always measure before you getting your custom wheel work done. To do this, lay the wheel face down and be sure to lay a straightedge on the backside of the outer flange of the rim. Measure to where the face of the rim touches the brake hub. If you have an increase in backspace, the wheel will be pushed in. If there is a decrease in backspace, the rim will move toward the street.
How to maintain your custom wheels:
Having the right amount of air in your tires is an important part of tire maintenance. Always check your vehicle’s manufacturing manual to find out what the proper inflation pressure is for your car’s tires, and use a high-quality tire gauge. Also, remember that one of the biggest causes of tire failure is poorly-maintained tire pressure. To avoid low tire pressure, use nitrogen instead of compressed air. Nitrogen will diffuse 30 to 40% slower than oxygen does, meaning you will have good tire pressure longer. Also, nitrogen will disperse heat faster than compressed air, which means better mileage to the gallon and reduced rolling resistance. Proper inflation extends tread life and significantly reduces your chances of tire-related issues.
If you’re seeking custom wheel parts for your clients, contact Wheelkraft NW today! Our expert technicians are here to meet your production needs.