In our last blog we covered a lot of the basics about what makes one truck wheel different from another. We went over what wheels can be made of and what the benefits of the different materials are. We also talked about some vital information you need to know when ordering tires online from Rims Plus, including diameter, width, bolt pattern, and wheel offset. You might be asking yourself, “if all that was covered before, what else could there be?” Good question. The answer is pretty simple: now we want to talk about making sure that your wheels will work well with your tires. This is really important because a bad pairing can have expensive consequences. Read on to find out why it is important to take your tires into consideration when buying new wheels for your truck. When you’re ready to order from the best selection of truck wheels and truck tires anywhere online, check out our online shop to find the perfect options.
What Are You Going to Be Using Your Truck For?
The way that you use your truck should change the wheels and tires you buy for it. Below, we will break down the most common uses for trucks and how to match wheels and tires to maximize longevity and efficiency.
A lot of people like having a truck because they can be very versatile vehicles. Modern trucks are roomy, full of features that are designed to keep you comfortable to ride in, and they can haul and tow when you need them to. Because of this versatility, a lot of truck owners drive their trucks to and from work on normal roads a majority of the time. The demands of regular roads and in-town driving are quite different from off-roading or constant heavy-work use, so you should purchase tires and wheels that will benefit your ride.
If your truck is your daily driver, aluminum wheels might be a good choice for you. Aluminum is lighter than steel, which can help improve your gas mileage, and you have more options in terms of how a wheel looks when you go with aluminum wheels. A good set of all-season tires works great for a truck that you really only drive on paved roads. While all-weather tires won’t provide you with grip that just won’t unstick, they’re probably going to be fine in most normal weather conditions. If you live in a part of the country with exceptionally slick or snowy winters you might want to consider buying another set of wheels and a set of snow tires that you can put on when the weather starts getting bad.
If you work in construction or in any field where you will be hauling a lot of weight all the time to job sites that may or may not be accessible by paved roads, you’re going to want wheels and tires that can stand up to daily abuse. Steel rims are the way to go here. Steel is much tougher than aluminum, more affordable in case one or more wheels need to be replaced, and is a material that is much less likely to show wear and tear due to dirt, rocks, and other environmental forces. In terms of tires, you’ll usually want to go for something a little tougher that is designed to provide a comfortable ride on either paved roads or dirts trails. Those kinds of tires are bound to be a little noisier and ride more roughly than all-seasons, but you also won’t have to drive as gingerly over less-than-hospitable terrain like you would with tires that have smaller treads.
Check back soon to find out how other types of trucks need different combinations of tires and wheels, including off-roading trucks and racing trucks. Rims Plus should be your first stop when you’re looking for wheels and tires online.