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Changing the rims on my car: when and why?

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ZTSG 30/07/2021 Sedan 209
SummaryWhy do you have to change your rims? What is the lifespan of a rim? Which rims to choose for your tires? Why change the rims on your car? Rims, important components of a car's wheels can be...

SummaryWhy do you have to change your rims? What is the lifespan of a rim? Which rims to choose for your tires?

Why change the rims on your car?

Rims, important components of a car's wheels can be replaced for several reasons. They can, at first, be changed for purely aesthetic reasons. For example, if you want to sell your car and therefore increase its resale potential by improving its visual appearance. You may also find that the rims on your car are not suitable and that you want to give it a sportier visual style.

You may want to change your rims simply to replace your rims. that are damaged. Indeed, it is quite common for the rims to be found stained, warped, scratched or even broken.

Replacing your rims can also be preventive. In the event that you own a sports car with which you do a lot of track riding, or a vintage car with rare and very expensive rims, it may be worthwhile for you to change your rims to avoid damaging the wheels. 'origin.

Finally, changing the rims of your car in order to opt for a larger diameter of the rim changes the behavior of your car on the road. Indeed, if you want to promote the grip of your tires to the ground and reduce braking distances, replacing your rims to allow wider tires to fit may be a good option.

The rim replacement can be done by yourself or by a professional, you can choose to replace your rims yourself or go to your garage. The most important thing is to respect the safety rules, and to choose the right rims for your vehicle.

What is the lifespan of a rim?

Because rims make the direct connection between the hub and the tire of a vehicle and are therefore an integral part of this one, they meet safety rules which must imperatively be respected. It is important to regularly monitor and maintain them.

A rim has no predefined life. Thus, it must be changed when it suffers an impact or is deformed following a deflated tire for a long time or if you have hit a sidewalk.

Which rims to choose for your tires?

Note that there is a wide choice of rims. You will find aluminum rims, steel rims or alloy rims. What sets them apart is the price, robustness as well as stability. Aluminum rims and alloys are known to be the lightest but also the most expensive, in particular because they are respectively suitable for high-end cars and sedans, and cars intended for competition.

In order to choose the right rims for your tires and the model of your vehicle, it is important to comply with certain approvals. Seek professional advice or refer to your car's technical booklet. The label in the door of your car also mentions the rim sizes for your car. Finally, many sites offer a free service that tells you which rims are compatible with the model of your vehicle.

Unsuitable rims are not accepted during the technical inspection. When buying new rims, choose a size compatible with those of your tires. Without compliance with these approvals, the vehicle will not pass the technical control and your insurance may not cover anything in the event of a dispute.

The table below gives you an idea of ​​the width of the tire that can be fitted depending on the rim width.

Rim widthMinimum tire widthIdeal tire widthMaximum tire width5.0 Inches155 mm165 or 175 mm185 mm5.5 Inches165 mm175 or 185 mm195 mm6 , 0 Inches175 mm185 or 195 mm205 mm6.5 Inches185 mm195 or 205 mm215 mm7.0 Inches195 mm205 or 215 mm225 mm7.5 Inches205 mm215 or 225 mm235 mm8.0 Inches255 mm225 or 235 mm245 mm8.5 Inches225 mm235 or 245 mm255 mm9.0 Inches235 mm245 or 255 mm265 mm9.5 Inches245 mm255 or 265 mm275 mm10.0 Inches245 mm265 or 275 mm285 mm10.5 Inches255 mm275 or 285 mm295 mm11.0 Inches265 mm285 or 295 mm305 mm11.5 Inches285 mm295 or 305 mm315 mm12.0 Inches295 mm295 or 305 mm315 mm12.0 Inches295 mm295 or 305 mm315 mm or 315 mm325 mm12.5 Inch305 mm315 or 325 mm335 mm

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