A small firm motor vehicle with four wheel drive that is mostly used by the military is referred to as a jeep. 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. Steel or alloy are the materials used in making wheels for a jeep. Steel is considered as the best material for the wheels since they are heavier, durable, more uniform and better priced in comparison to alloy. When steel is damaged during an off road challenge it still can be hammered 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.
The reason as to why alloy is expensive than steel is because of the manufacturing techniques used to make it lighter. When it comes to choosing a jeep wheel, bolt patterns need to be considered. Every jeep rim is known to contain a specific bolt pattern that helps mount the rim to the wheel hub.
Some jeep companies are known in determining the bolt pattern of your vehicle. Another consideration when it comes to choosing a jeep wheel is offset or back spacing. There are measurements associated to backspacing or offset in addition to determining the bolt pattern. The importance of measuring backspacing or offset is that it gives key numbers for those planning to add a lift kit, body lift or raise their vehicle. The measurement from the mounting pad to the inner edge of the wheel is referred to as backspacing and is similar to offset.
Due to fewer backspaces it indicates that protrusion is less in the wheels thus reducing the risk of rubbing. As for offset its considered as the distance from the mounting pad to the center line of the wheel. In the process of looking for a wheel jeep there is an important consideration which is the rim size and width.
An individual’s desires determines the rim size as it is matched 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. Many bead locks use clamped rings on the outer bead to grip the tire or an inflatable tube.