Learn about the importance of hardware kits, the difference between steel and alloy wheels and more, from our wheel expert, Kevin Chisholm.
A: Steel wheels are all about their durability. They are simple and have a basic application, meaning they can fit onto basic model cars. If you find yourself in a conversion with auto experts or enthusiasts, you may hear them referring to them as “steelies”.
Alloy wheels are usually a cosmetic addition, and you may hear people often refer to them as “rims”. Alloys are all about the upgrade and the customization, plus they’re lighter weight and tend to rust less.
A: The make and model of your car plus the size of your wheels is pretty much all you need to know. Other than that our local OK Tire experts will help you find the wheel that’s right for your vehicle and your personal style. Our online tool lets you customize your ride online, so you can check out all the possibilities!
If you’re thinking of customizing or upgrading your wheels, there are factors related to calibration that will affect the drivability of your car, and even fuel consumption. Your best bet is to go into a shop and speak with an expert that will help you find the right combination to fit the width and profile that’s best for your car!
A: When choosing a new set of aftermarket wheels in store, you will likely be offered a hardware kit during your selection process; sometimes referred to as an accessory kit or wheel installation kit. Hardware kits often include: lock nuts, lug nuts and a sometimes a key (eg. spline drive or tuner nuts). It is important to take advantage of this kit when offered, as hardware is not only specific to the vehicle, but also the wheel itself.
At OK Tire, our kits include the right amount of spline drive lug nuts for your application whether it is 5, 6 or 8 bolt. The spline drive also serves the purpose of a lock nut and is accompanied by a key. Our wheel experts will work with you to ensure you get the right hardware kit based on both your vehicle and the wheel manufacturer specifications.