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Range Rover Rims and Wheels: Size Matters

By Keller Subscribe to RSS | March 14th 2012 | Views:
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Bicycle rims are meh, sedan rims are a bit bigger, but rims on a Range Rover really define the word “ginormous.” It is logical that it requires a bigger rim to fit bigger tires for a bigger escapade. However, there is more to rims than just being big and flashy enough to make you wear a pair of sunglasses

Rims are the metal wheels that hold tires in place, connected to the axle to help tires turn. In the past, rims were the wheels of many vehicles, including horse-drawn carriages and war chariots. Soon, the tire supplemented the rim, with the former taking the full brunt of long travels and the latter keeping the tire in place. Long story short: rims won’t survive for long without tires, and tires won’t turn without rims.

Cars like the Range Rover require rims just like any vehicle – not to mention big ones. For the record, it has to the rims it needs have to fit its big tires which are designed for off-road travel – through snow and mud. The default rims for a Range Rover are 8 inches in diameter, with measurements increasing as tires get bigger

Many Range Rover owners search for rims more than 20 inches in diameter, although 17-inch rims are just as popular. Another set of rims for Range Rovers measure at a staggering 30-35 inches in diameter. They are so big that the car may require a bit of modification to fit the huge rims properly.

Regardless of how big they can get, Range Rover rims have to fit perfectly with the tires they come with. Rims that do not fit the tires are like wearing shoes several sizes smaller or bigger for you. Things can go awry if you drive with a mismatched pair of rims and tires, especially with this kind of off-road vehicle. It is for this reason that fitting rims and tires should be done with the help of a mechanic.

A mismatch between rims and tires can affect car performance in braking and making turns. One can have difficulty steering and accelerating the speed of his vehicle with wheels that are almost as big as the wheel well. Range Rover wheels are a part of a car’s safety system, which is why size matters for them.

You can check out the article at CarsDirect.com for more information about what will happen with a rim-and-wheel mismatch. For more information on Range Rover rims and wheels, visit the comprehensive guide for Range Rovers at RangeRovers.net.

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