Alloy Wheels for your car or 'Alloys' are very definitely a must have for many drivers these days. Alloy wheels can be seen on most modern cars as well as on custom vehicles and would seem to be gaining in popularity every day. So what exactly are alloy wheels and how are they different from normal wheels? And crucially, are they better than normal wheels?
Alloy Wheels perform the same function in vehicles as the normal steel wheels but they have certain added features that make them different and arguably better. Compared to wheels made of steel, alloy wheels are composed of aluminium or magnesium alloys that effectively increase their strength, making them stronger and durable, lighter in weight, better in performance and most importantly for most drivers - improved style and bling!
The typical alloy wheel is manufactured either by the process of casting or by forging of metal alloys. Forged alloy wheels are lighter and much more durable than cast alloys but they are a little hard on the pocket. These wheels are usually the preferred choice for high-performance sports cars but that does not mean you can't fit them on any other car. Comparatively, cast aluminium alloys are heavier but they are cheaper and yet have almost the same styling as that of forged alloys.
There is however another type of stylish wheels called Mag-Wheels. Magnesium alloys or mag-wheels are whole magnesium cast or forged wheels used in racing cars as they are the lightest wheels available. Mag-wheels are high on performance as well as on styling.
Unmatched style is probably the main reason why most people now prefer alloy wheels for their vehicle. There is no doubt that alloys make the vehicle look posh and increase its cosmetic appeal but there are two other definite advantages of fitting them in your car instead of the normal steel wheels:
* Alloy wheels are lighter, that means your vehicle has less un-sprung mass. This means your vehicle handles better and there is improved road grip on most terrains. A lighter vehicle will obviously perform better on the mileage count as well.
* They are also good in terms of balancing. Your vehicle balances well reducing stress on other parts of your car like the suspension and the axles.
Besides that, did we discuss about the style that a set of alloys can add to your vehicle? You no longer require those odd looking (and often quite expensive) wheel trims and you can definitely avoid displaying those (very often) ugly looking steel rims.
A fact worth considering is that used alloy wheels very often are available at a much lower price in the market rather than the price often paid to purchase a brand new set of alloy wheels. You get the style and features of alloys without spending much. Which leads us into repairing or refurbishing alloy wheels so they look as good as new using the cutting edge 'Diamond Cutting' system.
Diamond cutting entails skimming your alloy wheels with a high powered diamond coated buffer, leaving a sophisticated shined surface to your rims. A protective coat of lacquer is then added to finish off the process.
Although a diamond cut finish is not possible on all cars, most alloy wheels can be skimmed in this fashion for the latest in alloy style and to give your ride the look that gets you noticed. It can even add a little extra protection against kerbside bumps and scrapes and chipping from the road. These hazards can leave unwanted markings and damage to your wheel trims, so get protection the diamond way with Diamond Cut Alloys.
Companies specialising in alloy wheel repairs and refurbishment can offer the diamond cut repair service, plus alloy wheel painting services for all alloys in a wide variety of colours and styles so there will always be a combination for you.
Contact a specialist alloy wheel refurbishment company such as Rimtec Alloy Wheels who have workshops located around the UK including Milton Keynes, Newcastle and Glasgow, and get your alloys looking great again.
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