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Choosing the correct wheels

3 November 2010 3 Comments

So we all have probably heard it all before, but let’s just do a recap. Wheels are the most important factor on any motor vehicle. If you are asking yourself why then this post is for you. You could have the best built engine in the world, a top of the range suspension setup and a custom built gearbox, but none of this is worth a cent if you can’t transfer any of these perks to wheels that evidently grip the roads surface.

So now let’s have a look at this, you wanting to buy a new set of tyres but not to sure which brand or type to purchase, here we have broken it down for you.

Tread life consideration: How long do you recon a set of tyres should last? Remember that the manufacturer sets the tyre wear rating and that their testing may not be as hardcore as your driving style. One way to get a handle on a tyre projected life expectancy is to look at part of the UTQG (Uniform Tire Quality Grading) rating.

Ride quality: A low-profile tire such as a 50mm or a 40mm looks great, but can be harsh over bumps or potholes when measure up to to a 55mm or 60mm. In general, a lower profile tyre also tends to exposes the wheel to damage more easily ie; curbing your rims. Lower profile tyres also have stiffer sidewalls, which improves handling but increases rides harshness. It’s all about compromise and there’s no such thing as a free meal.

Noise factors: Some tyre tread designs are noisier than others. A lot of the time you will find that different brands of tyres might be nosier than others, this is due to their different thread designs. If most of your driving is done in side roads and down the main roads, then the noise factor won’t be much of an issue. But for highway driving, you’ll want to consider your options, especially if you’re driving a bakkie or a 4×4. the salesman at any tyre fitment centre should be able to tell you which tyres are quieter among those you’re considering; even those of the same make that are in a different line can vary in road noise.

These days it is really hard to find wheels and tyres of bad quality. While some wheels are lower quality than others, you will also find with tires, there are so many good ones out there that you will usually have several possibilities from which to choose. As I said here, Tell the salesman what you are looking for and you can be assured that he/she will point you in the right direction.


  • Kifazoid said:

    thats intresting thank you very much


  • Marlize Hoon said:

    You didn’t say how long do you recon
    a set of tyres should last?


    Blair Reply:

    im sure you could tell us.. LOL
    It all depends on the driving style, spend all day wheel spinning from robot to robot your wheels wont last long at all :P


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