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Feb272017

Looking Closely At New Off Road Truck Wheels!

A great set of wheels is something that every off road truck owner looks forward to adding to their vehicle. Besides the other gear like steel truck bumpers, lift kits and bigger tires, great looking wheels can really give a truck that look every owner wants. Before shelling out for those expensive, good-looking wheels, are you sure they are safe for trail riding and rock climbing? Consider these points to make sure you buy rims that can handle the job.

Rim Width and Diameter

Large diameter wheels may look great to some, but it’s important to realize they may not be ideal for off roading. Based on the many qualities these wheels need to have, there are fewer suitable options available over the preferred 17” diameter that isn’t quite pricey. Concerning width, you’ll want to buy a rim that fits the tire you need. Wheel width should be 2 to 3” smaller than whatever tire you buy to handle your off roading adventures.

Bolt Pattern and Center Bore

Bolt pattern is the number of bolts on the axle of a truck or Jeep. Different wheels come in different bolt patterns to fit a variety of vehicles. The bolt pattern on the wheel must obviously match that of the axle or an adapter must be used. In either case, wheels and axles with more bolts have a higher load rating because the wheels are more securely attached to the axle. Besides bolt pattern, consider center bore size as well. The larger the bolt pattern, the larger the center bore can be that fits over the center hub. This can be important when looking for wheels that fit over full-floating axles or locking hubs.

Wheel Offset and Backspacing

Wheel offset is the position of the mounting surface in relation to the center of the wheel. Backspacing is the distance from the mounting surface to the outside of the wheel. These may both be important when outfitting off road trucks, since a positive offset results in narrower tracking and narrower backspacing, while a negative offset results in wider tracking and backspacing.

Bead Seat

The bead seat is a critical component for off road wheels as this is what keeps the tire bead locked in to prevent the tire from leaking. The taller the bead seat, the greater the ability to air down off road tires when lower pressure is desired. Some wheels designed for off road use even have bead locks on the outside bead to prevent it from unseating even when the tire is not inflated. These locks are only on the outside bead, so you still need to consider the size of the inside bead and keeping enough pressure.

Load Rating

Before making any decision on rims for off road use, research load rating and make sure it’s high enough. Load rating is how much weight a set of wheels can withstand in different circumstances and can be different based on certain factors. Rim construction and bolt pattern are two things that can significantly affect load rating, as steel wheels and fewer lug bolts have lower load ratings. Forged rims and more lugs have higher ratings. Cast aluminum falls between the two.

Based on all these different specifications, it’s essential that off road owners understand the significance of how each spec may affect their individual truck. Rather than risk buying the wrong wheels that alter your truck’s performance, take the time to research and see how the above details could work against field performance. Based on how your truck is equipped and what you like to do with it, choose according to the options available as opposed to just great looks alone!

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