Things To Check When Buying Alloy Wheels

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Before fitting tyres on all aftermarket wheels you MUST check:

  1. The stud/bolt hole pattern is correct.

  2. That the alloy wheel fits freely on to the hub without interference, and that there are no screws, rivets or retaining clips which may interfere with a firm flat location of the hub against the wheel mounting face.

  3. That the alloy wheel rotates freely and truly on both front and rear hubs.

  4. When fastened to the hub, that no part of the wheel can make contact with the brake drums or callipers; or any other part of the steering or suspension.

Check Nuts/Bolts: Correct fitting is vital BE SURE:

  1. That the thread form is correct (fits nuts without alloy wheels).

  2. That the nut/bolt location seating is correct.

  3. That the stud length is adequate for minimum thread penetration of approximately 1 x stud diameter and not too long as to permit bottoming of the stud in the nut or that the thread penetration of the bolt protrudes through the hub housing to cause damage to internal brake or hub components.

  4. That the threads are rust free, and not over lubricated

  5. When sleeve nuts are used, that the shank diameter is correct and that the bearing washers are always used.

When Fitting the Tyre Make Sure:

  1. That the alloy wheel rim size is compatible with tyre size.

  2. Be Wary of scratching the protective lacquer coating. (On aluminium wheels and some chrome wheels) Aluminium corrodes very easily once exposed to atmosphere, water, road salt or corrosive acid based alloy wheel cleaners and chemicals.

  3. Where possible always use the adhesive type of balance weight, as these help to avoid scratching of the alloy wheel finish.

Finally Check:

  1. That the alloy wheel and tyre assembly does not contact any part of the suspension, body work or internal hub components (brakes, sensors etc) by carrying out full bump and lock to lock tests as well as a full visual inspection of the back / hub section of the alloy wheel fixing assembly before driving away from the fitting bay.

Do not take risks - Wheel Security is vital.

  I would also recommend that after a period of around 20miles that you check your wheels to ensure security as some alloy wheels may need time to bed in correctly.

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