A four wheel drive that is commonly used by the military which is a small, sturdy motor vehicle is a jeep. When choosing jeep parts like the wheels there are certain things that are considered. Jeep wheels are considered to be eye candy. 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. Even on taking an off road challenges, steel is easily repairable as it can be hammered back into place.
The materials that make an alloy include; aluminum or magnesium and is usually lighter than steel. Jeeps that incorporate alloys are able to save on the fuel economy but also vehicle handling. Having less strain on the suspension components as well as the ability to dissipate heat away from brake parts during extreme driving instances are the benefits resulted to vehicle handling.
Alloy materials are expensive than steel because of their manufacturing methods. The bolt pattern is the other reason to consider when it comes to choosing a jeep wheel. 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. Backspacing or offset requires certain measurements on top of determining 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. Backspacing is similar to offset and it’s the measurement from the mounting pad to the inner edge of the wheel.
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. To add on the consideration when looking for a wheel jeep 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. By matching of the rims there are certain width guidelines that are followed through. The bead locks is the last consideration when it comes to choosing a jeep wheel. 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.