“You can't fake quality any more than you can fake a good meal” - William S. Burroughs
Quality tyres need the support of quality wheels.
Premium alloy wheels can make a huge difference to a car with regards to handling and performance. The lightness and strength of alloy ensures better braking efficiency and manoeuvrability. This means a vehicle will perform better in difficult or wet driving conditions. As a better heat conductor, the lesser impact on brakes also means more longevity for your tyres.
Like most things, you get what you pay for. Most - if not all - motor vehicle manufacturers now offer models within their vehicle range fitted with cast alloy wheels, in lieu of conventional steel wheels. The reasons relate to vehicle performance, engineering excellence, safety and visual appearance.
Quick facts about Alloy Wheels
- These babies are smooth. Alloy wheels are around 30% lighter than steel wheels and reduce the unsprung weight of the vehicle's suspension. A reduction in unsprung weight provides a smoother ride, reduces vehicle harshness and extends the life of suspension components.
- Weight loss really does lead to a longer life. The reduction in weight achieved by fitting alloy wheels acts to decrease a vehicle's rolling resistance - thus improving tyre life and reducing emissions through improved fuel consumption.
- Cool it. Heat generated from high speed braking applications can affect braking performance, to the point of failure. Alloy wheels conduct up to three times the amount of heat of steel wheels. This enhanced dissipation of heat through the alloy wheel casting improves overall brake performance, minimises brake fade, reduces brake fluid temperature and extends brake pad and tyre life.
It’s all in the make.
Steel wheels are comprised of two sections: a centre disc which is stamped under high pressure, and a rim section which is rolled to contour from a flat steel sheet.
The centre disc is of a thicker material than the rim section. Both sections are pressed together and then welded into one component. Unfortunately this facilitates errors in tolerance and run-out.
Alloy wheels, on the other hand, are cast from molten ingots of specific high grade aluminium alloy, machined to tolerance from a single datum point in a CNC machining centre, and then heat treated to a T6 condition for superior strength. Precision casting and machining of alloy wheels results in superior concentricity and manufacturing tolerances, thus eliminating vibration and minimising vehicle harshness.
This process of producing alloy wheels by casting allows wheel makers to offer wider variety in contemporary design and finish, not found in steel wheels.
Tyres & More stock a wide range of Alloy Wheels to suit your budget and your style. Ask us about them today!