Factory Stock Wheels for your Ride
Accidents happen! Maybe you ran over a curb or loaned your ride to a friend but that fact remains, you need to replace one or more of your stock OEM rims.
The best place to find one online are the listings here. You can replace one rim or a whole set. Compare the prices here vs a new set of rims from your local dealership before buying.
Why Use Factory OEM Wheels
Here are some of these benefits, and reasons why it is better to use original wheels on your car than some cheap generic alloy.
1. They Fit
The first, and most obvious, is that they will fit your car properly. Nothing looks more out of place on a car than a set of wheels that don't fit right. If they are too big for the car, then you will have a lot of work to do to get them on, and if too small, you will have to alter the structure make them work properly. It is far better to buy replacement wheels made by the same firm that made the originals.
2. Your Car Runs Better
Because cars are designed as a whole machine, and not just a collection of individual components, the design of the wheels is deliberate. They are designed to offer strength, rigidity and lightness - the holes are cut so that they reduce overall weight, but don't detract from their strength.
Likewise, they are designed to be as aerodynamic as possible, enabling you to get a good speed without it costing too much on gas. Not only that, but the rim design permits maximum cooling of the braking system, thus saving on pad wear and improving braking efficiency. Cheap alloy wheels will not be designed only for your car, and will therefore contribute little to its aerodynamics or braking efficiency.
3. Added Strength
Stock OEM wheels are stronger for your car than just any old wheels that fit. They were designed for your car, and for the weight of your model. Fitting a weaker set will compromise their life and also the handling of your car. It is important that each entire wheel is strong as possible in order to maintain a good balance and reduce vibration.
4. Maintenance of Value Through Authenticity
As soon as you change original wheels for non-original alloys your car drops in value. Your Chevy Tahoe is no longer entirely a Chevy Tahoe, but a hybrid. By using factory OEM wheels, you maintain the price of your car by maintaining the authenticity of the parts that make it what it is, and you can get the value of that when you trade it in. As soon as you put a non-original part on any car, it loses value and likely also performance.
Ignore the Logo
Factory OEM wheels are manufactured by the original wheel makers for the car company - so Chevrolet or Nissan, for example, may use Kelsey Hayes wheels, though original wheels sold to a reseller might have the resellers logo on them. Only by checking for the manufacturers marks will you find the actual manufacturer.
It Makes Good Sense
Apart from any other reason, it makes good sense to use the correct wheels on a car because you can then be confident that the car will run as it should. Many buy wheels for their looks without giving a though to the brake design or sometimes even their size. Over or undersized wheels can look plain odd on a car, and not only affect gas consumption but also compromise safety.
It's fine buying wheels for a car on looks as long as they were originally made for that manufacture, model and year. Just because a particular rim fits a 1994 Chevy doesn't mean it will necessarily be right for a 2002 model. Most people with the savvy to understand the effect that wheels can have on the performance and handling of a car will make sure that they fit factory OEM wheels and sleep well at night knowing their car is still original and efficient and safe to drive.