14 October 2007

How to Choose Porsche Wheels

Porsche wheels should be chosen as carefully as the high performance car they are going on. Here are a few considerations to keep in mind when choosing wheels for your Porsche.

A beautiful car deserves beautiful wheels, which is probably the biggest reason why aftermarket Porsche wheels are so popular. When you drive a car like a Porsche, it just does not make sense to leave the stock Porsche wheels on the car.

Aftermarket wheels for a performance car need to be chosen carefully, however. In order to get the most performance and enjoyment out of your wheels, here are several things to consider when you are shopping for Porsche wheels.

Wheel size: Porsche wheels are sized in two different ways; diameter and width. The diameter is the measurement from rim to rim across the middle of the wheel, while the width of the wheel is measured across the part where the tires go. Larger wheels are typically popular for performance cars. The larger the diameter, the smaller the sidewall of the tire that goes on it, which tends to improve the car's handling. Likewise, a wider wheel width takes a wider tire, which also improves a car's handling.

If you are thinking about buying Porsche wheels that are larger than your stock wheels, it is important to keep in mind how this will affect your speedometer and odometer. You should be able to find a tire that fits the new wheel, but that has the same outside circumference as the original size tire for the car.

Finish: Porsche wheels come in a variety of different finishes. The most popular finish is most likely chrome, but chrome also tends to be the most expensive. Aftermarket wheels also come in painted finishes, usually silver or black.

Regardless of which finish you get, it is important to keep your wheels clean and dry. Water can cause the wheels to rust, and dirt will also help to hold water in and encourage rust. Generally, the smoother the finish the easier it will be to keep clean. Unless you are willing to devote a considerable amount of time to cleaning and polishing your wheels, you will probably want to avoid any kind of a porous finish.

Construction and design: Construction and design are also important when choosing Porsche wheels. Wheels with a more open design allow for better air circulation and help to keep your brakes cool, not to mention they offer a more striking appearance! Aftermarket wheels also can be made out of a variety of different materials, which have benefits such as lightness or superior strength.

The importance of Porsche wheels: Few accessories add as much to your Porsche as aftermarket wheels. When chosen correctly, Porsche wheels can both increase performance, such as handling, and add to the appearance of your car. As much as is riding on your wheels (pun intended), it is important to consider your options carefully before selecting Porsche wheels on your car.

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