It seems like everywhere you go in the Irvine area you see custom wheels. Big trucks, little cars, mini-vans – it doesn’t matter, motorists are expressing themselves with custom wheels. Some CA motorists want smaller tires and wheels – some want larger – and some want them enormous. So where do you start if you want new wheels? At Autobahn West, we suggest you start with your budget. We know, that sounds so practical. But if the look you’re after goes beyond just new tires and wheels and enters into the world of suspension modifications, you need to be prepared for the additional cost.
Let’s start with something easy – you want to give your ride a unique look and the stock wheel size is just right for you. One of the concerns you will have is that the new wheels have the same offset as your pickup factory wheels.
First, what is offset? The wheel bolts onto the hub on the pickup’s axle. The distance from the inside edge of the wheel to the point at which it bolts on, is the offset. If the new wheel has a different offset from the factory, the tires may rub on the inside or outside of the wheel well. That could lead to catastrophic and (pricey) tire failure.
Your tire and wheel professional at Autobahn West in Mission Viejo can help you find the right size wheel – or install adapters to make your new wheels fit. All you have to do is pick from the hundreds of styles available.
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So, what about Mission Viejo auto owners who want to upsize? Well, if you pick bigger wheels, but you want to keep the same overall tire diameter, that’s pretty easy for the team at Autobahn West. The same offset concerns apply. You need to know that the tires will likely be a little bit wider than the originals and you don’t want them to rub when you make sharp turns. Your tire professional at Autobahn West in Mission Viejo will help you avoid this.
It is also critical to keep the same overall tire diameter because changing the rolling diameter can mess with your pickup anti-lock brakes and stability control systems. Are you starting to see why you want to meet with your understanding Autobahn West tire and wheel expert at Autobahn West in Mission Viejo? Is “super-size me” your motto? If it is, you are going to have to lift your vehicle to make room for those huge tires. A mild lift doesn’t require extensive modifications. An extreme lift means a lot of new hardware under the vehicle. It also means a lot of stock electronic systems need to be recalibrated to the new tire size. For example, your speedometer and odometer will give false readings if they aren’t recalibrated. (You don’t want to risk getting speeding tickets on CA interstates because your speedometer shows a lower-than-actual speed.)
Mission Viejo auto owners who want to upsize should also be aware of possible performance issues. Bigger tires and wheels weigh more. CA automotive experts refer to this as unsprung weight because it isn’t held up by your pickup suspension system. Increased unsprung weight affects performance in different ways than an equivalent amount of groceries or little soccer players in the pickup passenger compartment. Acceleration is negatively affected. Stopping distances may also be increased – sometimes significantly. Mission Viejo car owners who want really big tires and wheels, might need to upgrade their brakes to compensate.
Heading the other direction, some motorists in the Irvine area like to run smaller than standard wheels and lower the suspension. All of the same fitment issues still apply as well as calibration issues. Don’t think that pickup suspension modifications are a bad thing. Many systems actually improve ride, function and performance over the stock set-up.
Regardless of your budget, you want your pickup to continue to do all the things you need it to do. Some of those show cars and trucks you see on TV and Mission Viejo showrooms look marvelous, but have been modified in ways that may not suit your needs. For example, if you put large rims on your SUV with low profile tires, you may be in for busted rims if you go off-roading a lot around Irvine. There just isn’t enough sidewall to absorb the impact of thumping over rocks.
Some auto owners stuff the largest tires and wheels possible in their vehicles but have to severely restrict suspension travel so that the tires aren’t rubbing all day. That can lead to a very harsh ride around CA. Again, talk with your Autobahn West wheel professional about all of these things: how you drive in Mission Viejo, what look you are going for, your budget and what compromises you are willing to make.
At the end of the day, you’re going to be rollin’ out of Autobahn West with one sweet ride.