A jeep is a small sturdy motor vehicle with four wheel drive that is mostly used by the military. Certain things need to be considered when it comes to choosing jeep parts such as the wheels. The wheels of a jeep are considered to be eye candy by most people. To have the perfect wheels, materials chosen should be either steel or alloy. Steel is considered as the best material for the wheels since they are heavier, durable, more uniform and better priced in comparison to alloy. Even on taking an off road challenges, steel is easily repairable as it can be hammered back into place.
Alloy as the other material is made from light materials like aluminum or magnesium and is usually lighter than steel. The main benefits of using an alloy in a jeep is that it helps you save on fuel economy and vehicle handling. The benefit in vehicle handling is shown by having less strain on the suspension components as well as the ability to dissipate heat away from brake parts during extreme driving instances.
Alloy materials are expensive than steel because of their manufacturing methods. Another factor to consider when it comes to choosing jeep wheel is the bolt pattern. In order to mount on to the wheel hub then a specific bolt pattern is contained in every jeep rim.
There are various companies that help you determine your vehicle bolt pattern. Choosing of a jeep wheel needs the consideration of an offset or back spacing. Backspacing or offset requires certain measurements on top of determining bolt pattern. Individuals planning to add a lift kit, body lift or raise their vehicle need to have the measurements of backspacing or offset. Backspacing is similar to offset and it’s the measurement from the mounting pad to the inner edge of the wheel.
When there is fewer backspaces it means that protrusion is less in the wheels thus reducing the risk of rubbing. The distance from the mounting pad to the center line of the wheel is considered to be as the offset. The rim size and the width is also a key consideration when it comes to looking for a jeep wheel.
The rim size and width is done by matching the rim an individual desires to a particular tire while similarly matching the diameter with manufacturer’s recommendations. There are certain width guidelines upon matching of the rims. The final consideration when it comes to choosing a jeep wheel is the bead locks. Challenges that are off road, bead locks are important as they avoid rolling the tire off the rim. A clamped ring is used by most bead locks on the outer bead to grip the tire or an inflatable tube.