WHEELS & TIRES
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Wheels & Tires
New Shoes For Your Ride
No custom automotive project is complete without a set of aftermarket wheels and some new rubber shoes for your ride. At Apex Customs Phoenix, we offer a wide range of custom aftermarket wheels and performance tires to give your car, truck, or SUV the truly custom look you’ve been dreaming about. At our full-service wheel and tire shop, our sales team will help you to select the perfect aftermarket wheel and tire setup for your ride and our wheel and tire technicians will professionally mount, balance, and install your ride’s new shoes.
Unlike our competitors, we specialize in aftermarket wheels and performance tires in our Phoenix tire and wheel shop. We can create any custom wheel rim and tire package you want to build for your custom ride. If you have a specific brand or style of wheel you’re interested in, our sales staff can source the wheels for you at our discount pricing and match them to any performance tire on the market. We can even customize your new wheels to match the exact look you’re going for. We can powder coat wheels to a different color, add some vinyl stripes, get them CNC machined to add a custom pattern, just about any custom wheel modification you can dream up.
Apex Customs, offering full-service wheel and tire installation and customization services for the Phoenix, Tempe, Scottsdale, Mesa, Glendale, and surrounding areas. Contact us today and let our sales team know what vision you have for your custom wheel and tire project and we will provide you a customized quote backed by the best customer service, workmanship, and pricing in the wheel and tire industry.
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Wheels / Rims
How to Chose New Wheels For Your Ride
Upgrading your factory wheels to a fresh set of aftermarket alloys is one of the best automotive upgrades you can invest in. Wheels, also referred to as Rims, have a significant impact on the overall appearance and performance of your vehicle. Available in a wide range of colors, sizes, patterns, materials, and performance characteristics, purchasing a new set of wheels can feel like a daunting task. Before you make any final decisions, here are a few key factors to consider while comparing your options.
Wheels vs Rims
There is some confusion in the automotive aftermarket world on what a rim actually is. Many automotive enthusiasts use the term rim interchangeably with wheel. However, there is a difference between a rim and a wheel and it’s important to understand the difference while shopping for new wheels to avoid any mistakes in your purchase. Understanding the difference between a wheel and a rim, how they factor into a single piece vs multi-piece wheels, and the best way to match rims with your tires is an important first step in a successful wheel upgrade.
What is a Rim?
A rim is the outer edge of a wheel which holds the tire in place allowing it to rotate with the remaining hub and spokes of the wheel. The rim is connected to the wheel hub assembly by the spokes of the wheel. Although many car and truck enthusiasts call the entire wheel assembly a rim as a catchall phrase, the rim is technically only the outer edge component of the wheel.
Single-Piece vs Multi-Piece
Wheels are available in single-piece and multi-piece designs. Multi-piece wheels are manufactured as separate pieces, such as the rim, spokes, and hub, and assembled into a single wheel. Single piece wheel designs are manufactured by casting the rim, hub, and spokes together. While single piece wheels tend to cost less than their multi-piece counterparts, they require a complete wheel replacement if any damage occurs. In contracts, multi-piece wheels can be repaired by just replacing one of the components that make up the wheel.
Matching Rims with Tires
The best way to purchase new rims is to match them with a new set of performance tires that will compliment your new wheels. If you’re changing your wheel size, like upgrading to a 22” rim from a 19” rim, a wheel and tire package is your best approach. Yovehicle'sles wheel diameter and width must match the inside rim of the tire. If you’re not planning on upgrading your tires, be sure to match your new wheels within your existing tire dimensions.
Wheel & Tire Size
Most car enthusiasts are looking to upgrade their wheels while retaining the same overall diameter the of the wheel to prevent any rubbing or suspension issues. This is accomplished by fitting your larger wheels to a tire with shorter sidewalls. A small sidewall tire on a large wheel is a look many enthusiasts prefer, however, keep in mind that a shorter sidewall will impact your vehicle's ride. Shorter sidewalls equate to less shock absorption when driving over cracks and bumps in the road.
When it comes to choosing a wheel size, bigger isn’t always better. There is a trend in the aftermarket world to always go bigger, some even take it to the extreme with 26” or bigger wheels. Before you make the decision to go with a larger wheel, there a few things that you need to take into consideration. Larger wheels do look great, but they can have a significant negative impact on your ride quality and car’s performance. Larger wheels mean less shock absorption in the tire so be prepared to feel bumps and speed humps. Additionally, and more importantly to anyone the is concerned with vehicle performance, larger wheels result in higher un-sprung weight. Un-sprung weight is a serious detriment to the performance of your vehicle as it causes the motor and suspension system to work harder to rotate the wheels and tires. The result is reduced performance, lower gas mileage, and increased wear on the suspension components.
Choosing wider wheels has its benefits if your wheel well is larger enough to accommodate the increased diameter. Wider wheels will allow you to use wider tires which offer your vehicle more rubber on the road for better traction. Think of drag racers and their huge tires at the back, more rubber on the road will help you transfer more power to the road surface. There are several ways to accommodate wider wheels including suspension modifications however, be sure to factor in the size of your wheel well before making and wheel and tire purchasing decisions.
Plus Sizing Wheels & Tires
Increasing the size of your wheel and rim’s diameter and width in addition to adding a tire with a shorter sidewall is referred to as plus sizing. Here is a table that illustrates an example of plus sizing which will result in more noticeable wheels while enhancing performance.
Backspacing size is a critical measurement that you’ll need to know when selecting new wheels. Wheel backspacing is measured from the back edge of the wheel to the mounting surface in the middle. It’s essentially the distance between the mounting hub and the outer edge of the wheel. Backspacing size will vary depending on your offset. When there is no offset, the mounting surface of the hub will be even with the centerline of the wheel. Positive offset refers to when the mounting surface is closer to the front of the wheel. Negative offset, by contrast, is when the mounting surface is closer to the back of the wheel.
Understanding Maximum Load
All wheels have a maximum weight load they can handle. It's critically important to ensure your new wheels are rated to handle the load of your car, truck, or SUV. In order to determine the exact weight load of your tire, multiply the max-weight that is advertised by the manufacturer by four to get the total weight handling of your wheels. For example, if each of your wheel’s load rating is 3,500 lbs, the total load rating for your vehicle would by 14,000 lbs.
Determining Bolt Pattern Measurements
Wheel bolt patterns are determined by two things, the number of bolt holes on the wheel and the distance between each bolt. For example, a bolt pattern of 6 x 5.5 equates to a wheel with six holes which are 5.5” apart from each other. The measurement is made across the center of the wheel with the exception of a 5-lug pattern where the measurement is made from the back of the lug hole to the center of the lug hole on the opposite side.
How to Choose the Proper Tire
Choosing the correct tires for your car, truck, or SUV can be a challenging process with the massive selection available on the market these days. If you choose the wrong tire for your application, you will reduce the performance capabilities of your vehicle and potentially put you in danger in bad weather. When you are looking for a new set of tires, you want to start with determining the intended application for your vehicle.
There are three main categories of tires: summer, winter, and all-season. The average consumer will purchase an all-season tire to keep costs down so they don’t have to pay for a summer tire set and a winter tire set. While this approach can provide you a decent, well-rounded performance all year long, there are substantial differences in the needs of a performance tire on the hot pavement vs the icy roads.
Summer performance tires will deliver substantial improvements in handling and dry/wet braking, but they have terrible traction on the snow and ice. Most racecars run on tires that have little to no threads, they have soft flat rubber that will hug the pavement around corners and give you the traction you need when you punch the accelerator. Contrast that to the wet, slippery roads of winter. Imagine trying to drive down a wet or icy road on a set of racing slicks.
Winter tires, by contrast, provide you outstanding snow traction but have poor performance when braking or taking hard turns on clear roads. Winter tires tend to have more aggressive treads which are great for handling rain, snow, and ice, but perform poorly in performance applications. The greater the contact surface with the road, the better the tires will grip the road. Aggressive treads reduce the contact surface of the tire to the pavement which is beneficial in winter, but determinantal in summer.
Reading Tire Size
The first step in looking for new tires is determining the size of your existing tires so you know where to start in the shopping process. Reading your tires size can be a bit cryptic at first glance, but it's actually fairly straight forward once you have the key to what all the numbers mean. Here is a brief guide to walk you through the process.
What Style of Tire Do I Need?
When deciding what kind of tire to purchase, tire manufacturers have made it relatively easy by categorizing tires by their intended use. Once you know what size tire you need for your application, the next step is to determine the style of tire you’ll need for your intended application. Below is a list of the different tire categories to help you understand the benefits of that each offers.
All Season Tires: Intended for use year-round, all-season tire attempt to incorporate the benefits of summer tires with winter tires. The typically come with S or T speed ratings and are good for all-weather grip. They are manufacture red to last a long time and are available for almost any mainstream car, truck or SUV. An all-season tire won’t provide you high performance in winter or summer applications and is typically not recommended for the true automotive enthusiast.
Performance All-Season Tires: There is a relatively newer style of tire available on the market that is available on newer sporty vehicles as an upgrade package. These tires are similar to their regular all-season counterparts however, they come with higher H and V speed ratings and tend to have improved cornering grip that S and T speed rated tires. Performance all-season tires tend to wear faster than their non-performance counterpart due to the softer compounds used for improved performance.
Ultra-High Performance All-Season and Summer Tires: Ultra-High performance tires typically come with Z, W, and Y speed ratings and are intended for performance sedans and sports cars. Differentiating between a summer tire and an all-season tire can be challenging and may require researching more details about the tire details. Summer tires typically do not have mud and snow designations on the sidewall.
All-Terrain Truck Tires: All-Terrain tires typically are available in large sizes and are developed for towing and hauling duties. These tires are generally found on light-duty pickups and SUVs and come with more aggress tread patterns for off-road traction. All-Terrain tires general have “All-Terrain” or “A/T” stamped on the sidewall.
Snow & Winter Tires: Snow tires are manufactured to provide improved traction when encountering snowy and icy roads. Snow tires are identified by a snowflake and mountain symbol stamped on the sidewall of the tire. The tread is generally more aggressive than all-season tires with lots of sipes or slits on the tires. Any time you are installing snow tires on your vehicle, you should always do so in a set of 4 to optimize your braking and handling.