Archive for April, 2007

TECH Stuff #8 the pro’s and con’s of Plus Sizing

Sunday, April 15th, 2007

Plus Sizing is a fairly recent trend (I think it started in the late 80′s or early 90′s). Well when I say recent, I mean compared to the 50′s and 60′s when I was getting into cars and making them street cool. The basic idea of Plus Sizing is to replace the stock wheel size with a larger diameter wheel and still maintain the same original tire and wheel combination diameter. Back in the early days, up to and including the 70′s, the only thing that happened when you put larger diameter tires on your rod, was the speedometer read slower than you were actually going. That only worked when you said but Dad, the speedometer said I was only going 50. (more…)

TECH Stuff #7 Proper Care of your wheels

Sunday, April 1st, 2007

There are several different types of finishes available for Aftermarket Wheels.  Most wheel companies offer a warranty on the finish.  In most cases, painted wheels have a 1 year warranty.  Most chrome wheels have a 2 year warranty, and in some cases a 3 year warranty.  Polished aluminum wheels are only warranteed until you take them out of the box.  In any event, the buyer has the responsibility to properly maintain the wheels.  There are a lot of folks out there that pay a lot of money for custom wheels then only clean them when they send the car through the car wash once in awhile.  It takes time and elbow grease to keep custom wheels clean and to protect the finish.  I’ve seen chrome wheels that customers wanted to return because they were pitted or rusting so bad that they look like the car was parked on the bottom of Lake Michigan for the winter.  If you don’t maintain your wheels, don’t expect the manufacturer to take them back and give you a new set.