The performance of a vehicle is connected to the specification of the wheels. And the size of the wheel will have an effect on the fuel economy of the vehicle, comfort of the ride and the noise levels of the car. A popular trend with many vehicle owners is to put larger wheels on the car. However, this has to be done carefully as it can impact the handling of the car.
There are many companies that provide aftermarket wheels such as mag wheels for high performance. But you need to be sure that the manufacturer of the wheel has a good reputation and that it is built according to regulations. When the sidewall of the tyre is reduced, the vehicle tends to perform better and you will experience better handling. But smaller rims will give you a quieter ride when compared to larger wheels generally. But you need to account for the brand of the tyre and its specifications when it comes to wheel selection.
You can experience some thrashing when you are riding on larger wheels and it can be quite uncomfortable when driving over rough road conditions and potholes. So when considering choosing a larger sized wheel for the vehicle, you need to understand the rolling resistance is higher in this situation. So more energy will be needed from the car to move its bulk. There is also extra weight added by the larger tyres. This will require the burning of more fuel which can affect your fuel economy.
You need to understand your requirement when it comes to upsizing the wheels. Do you want to improve handling of the car and its performance? Or do you want to improve the comfort during the ride and achieve a better fuel economy? If you are looking for the latter option, it is best to stick to smaller wheels.
You can improve comfort and fuel economy by going for a different brand of tyre and type. You have to think about the aesthetics of the car as well. Do the wheels look out of proportion when it comes to the rest of the vehicle? You need to ensure that the replacement tyre matches or is higher than the load capacity of your current tyres. This information can be found on the side wall of the tyre. It is best to stick to the speed rating of the tyre that is specified on the owner’s manual of your vehicle.
When choosing a different size of tyre, you need to make sure that the new size has a compatible bolt pattern. You will be able to maintain a similar tyre size to your current size if you only change one size up or down.
Many people tend to change sizes when selecting winter tyres, generally, a smaller wheel with a tyre that has a taller sidewall is recommended by many wheel retailers. This is because you will have a larger tyre area in contact with the ground that helps with traction. For aesthetics and better grip in other seasons, people tend to go for larger wheels with a shorter sidewall. If you are concerned about price and availability, you can simply switch to a standard wheel and tyre size.