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Add to the Safety and Beauty of Your Vehicle with Tire and Rims

By Matt Jwell Subscribe to RSS | December 20th 2011 | Views:

Anyone looking to replace the old tire and rims of their vehicle has to consider several factors. Some of these factors are their size, dimensions, color, type, style, price, rubber cracks, and other parts like bump, lump, or the repairs of them. All of these factors are essential and important before purchase of any tires and rims.

Most of the times, it is observed that many people get confused while deciding the technical details, such as the size, etc. of the tire rims. Since any discrepancy in the selected size of rim or tires could have adverse effect on the performance of the vehicle. One should note the specifications printed or embodied on the tires surface. They could be like for example: 205/55 R16 89V. The various digits or alphabets of such specification indicate the various parameters related with the tire and rims such as the profile, width, or rims size.

The first 3 digits represent the width of a tire. Here it is of 205 millimeters. The profile means the height of the tires sidewall. The value 55 shows the tires profile height. If profile is not mentioned, it is considered to be 82%. Then, the word R16 in above specification represents the size of the rim size. Here it means the rim is of 16 inches.

Similarly, the last digits “89” in the above specification represent the load index. Load index means how much load or weight an individual tire could handle or support. Here, the code “89” means the load capacity of that tire is around 1279 pounds or 580 Kilograms. The load index code could be any one of the digits between 71 and 110 that correspondingly represents the load of 761 pounds to 2337 pounds, respectively.

Also, the last character of specification represents the rating of speed. The character “V” means a speed rating of 149 MPH or 240 KM/H. This character could be one of the following N, P, Q, R, S, T, U, H, V, W, Y, Z based on the speed ratings ranging from 87 MPH to 186 MPH, respectively.

Even on certain tires one can see certain other characters printed such as the air pressure recommended in PSI units, UTQG marks, compliance codes, or variety of other codes related with the manufacturer's or distribution channel. However, from the customers point of view the tire rims cost will be dependent on the first 8 to 10 characters of the specification and they should consider these while making the purchases.

While considering the tire rims cost at the time of buying the used tire rims, one should check them for cracks in the treaded rubber or sidewall by simply flexing it a bit. It helps one to see the cracks on sidewall, if any. Also, ensure with the retailer or tire dealer about whether that tire has undergone any kind of repairs in past. Always go for the new tires or the used tires which have very few repairs so as to get the best price deal.

Thus, the above knowledge could help one to buy the best tire rims. For more information visit us

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