Monday, July 24, 2017

The Basics of Wheel Adapter Safety


Whenever you customize something on your car, you have to think about safety. As much as you want it to look great and handle well, safety has to take priority. Wheel adapters can give you amazing handling with killer looks. With a little research and investment, they can be as safe as anything else on your car. Start with learning what you need.


Buy Nice or Buy Twice


Before diving into the specifics of what you should and shouldn’t buy, focus on quality. Focusing on price over quality can have dangerous consequences when you’re dealing with car parts. Strong, standard wheel adapters are safe. Poor quality adapters may pose an unnecessary risk to your car. When you’re looking into buying wheel adapters, don’t be tempted to take the cheaper way out. Quality is worth every penny.


Do Your Research


Knowledge is your first line of defense against accidents. Before you put wheel adapters on your car and take your new tires for a spin, visit some forums. Look online to find a good price on good quality adapters, and find out what adapter concerns exist (if any) for your vehicle. Some vehicles are more popular than others. It’s easier to find out how wheel adapters handle on your ATV than it is to find a specific make and model of car.

Learning from other people’s mistakes is always better than making your own. If there are any consistent issues with tire spacing, wheel well depth, or excessive wear and tear on wheel adapters, it’s better to know before you buy. Most problems can be compensated for as long as you know what you’re up against.


Check Frequently


Good quality wheel adapters that work with your vehicle can stay strong for months at a time. Getting into the habit of frequent checking is purely a defensive measure. If you get into the habit of checking your wheel adapters every month, you’re going to be able to tighten them before they get too loose. You can find problems before they get serious, ending any doubts about wheel adapter safety. Problems with loose bolts or worn adapters start as small issues. If you check in regularly, they won’t have the time to get serious before you catch them.

The basics of wheel adapter safety come down to you, the owner. You know when your vehicle is handling properly and when it is not. Couple that knowledge with research, a commitment to good quality wheel adapters, and frequent safety checks for peak performance.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Three Things to Consider Before Getting New Wheel Spacers


New wheel spacers can be a thing of beauty. You’re taking control of your car. It handles better, as the wide set wheels let you take turns like you never have before. Everything is ticking along well, and you’re sure this is how you want your car to feel forever. However, all good things must come to an end. Even the best-made wheel spacers need to be replaced. Before you slap a new set on and go cruising the block, take a minute to ask yourself these questions.


1. Did Your Last Ones Wear Out Too Soon?


You should write down or mentally make a note of the date every time you change your wheel spacers. While wear and tear takes out every set eventually, you shouldn’t be moving through them too soon. Anything less than six months to a set is something to be concerned about. If you’re right on the cusp, talk to a mechanic (or a mechanically inclined friend) or take a look at it yourself. Wheel spacers tend to wear out too fast when they’re not properly fitted or installed. If they’re wearing out, it could be a sign that you’re putting too much pressure or tension on your axle or wheels.


2. Is it Time For a Car Check Up?


Even if your wheel spacers are holding up well, you should consider getting your car checked out when it finally wears through a set of wheel spacers. Some cars look absolutely awesome with a set of wheel spacers, but they’re not really made for it. If you’ve decided to make a luxury car even more awesome, you don’t want to ruin your investment by not checking on the axel and connectors. Just a quick checkup before you put on your new set of wheel spacers is enough to find problems before they turn into huge disasters.


3. Did Any New Options Hit the Market?


While the first two points have to do with safety and the health of your car, the last one is just for fun. Wheel spacers are a great aftermarket upgrade. New options, materials, and sizes are hitting the market all the time. If you truly want to perfect the look for your car, you’ll keep looking at the latest and greatest. You won’t always have an upgrade waiting, but you never know when the coolest set of wheel spacers you’ve ever seen is waiting for you.

Before you swap a pair of old wheel spacers for new ones, look to see what’s on the market. You may have a new option you haven’t thought of yet. Make sure your car is in good condition before hitting the road. If it’s been a short time since your last new wheel spacers, take it to a mechanic—they may not be properly fitted.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Five Reasons to Buy Spike Lug Nuts



Your car or truck says a lot about you. That's why you spend time and money to make sure it looks its best. Every inch of your vehicle is important, even the lug nuts. Perhaps you've been considering something more edgy or aggressive but are worried about price or availability. Spike lug nuts are the accessory your tires need.

Versatility


Spike lug nuts are not a one-vehicle fad. They work perfectly well for anything with wheels. You can add them to your truck, use them for an ATV, or even put some on the family minivan. Unlike so many other upgrades, spike lug nuts let you use them wherever you want them.

Affordability


If you want your vehicle to look good, but you’re on a budget, spike lug nuts are the upgrade for you. Spike lug nuts aren’t much more expensive than regular lug nuts, and they’re vastly cheaper than most other aesthetic upgrades. They improve the overall look of your wheels without a pricey investment in easily-scratched rims.

Legality


Since so much of vehicle and driving regulations fall under state jurisdiction, it’s easy to get confused about what’s legal and where. When you look into county, township, and city regulations, you’ll face even more restrictions. These codes may prevent you from getting the undercarriage lights you want or the top notch sound system you planned for. Window tinting is a big issue in most states, and dark windows will get you pulled over faster than you can blink. Spike lug nuts are legal everywhere. They look tough, but they aren’t a hazard. They also won’t start a war with your neighbors.

Safety


There are plenty of really clever and interesting aesthetic upgrades you can purchase for your vehicle, but many come with a catch. Lights catch the eye, whether they’re built into your undercarriage or added to your windows, these features drain the life from your battery. If you don’t have a newer car with a reasonably fresh, strong battery, you might have to get comfortable with jumper cables. Other aesthetic upgrades create further risks. For example, spinning rims look great, but you have to put a lot of faith into both your driving skills and the manufacturer. Even a slight bump with a curb could potentially snap off or damage the spinning components. Spike lug nuts may look fierce, but they aren’t actually sharp in reality, and they’re also shorter than they look. Even if they were to come into contact with a cement curb, the worst case scenario would simply involve a replacement lug nut or two. This would take some serious vehicular contortion, though.

Spike Lug Nuts Look Great


Spike lug nuts are built for looks. They work as well as any traditional lug nut, but the design is more modern. By swapping flat lug nuts for spikes, you make a simple change that does a lot to improve the look of your vehicle. It isn’t a big change, but the best upgrades don’t have to be.

When you’re looking for a safe, legal, and an affordable way to improve any vehicle with wheels, check out spike lug nuts. These little upgrades are as sensible as they are eye-catching. They won’t get you pulled over, but they’ll draw plenty of looks.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Four Reasons to Buy a Whole Suspension Set at Once

Repairs may feel like an endless cycle, but there’s a way to put the carousel in and out of the mechanic’s on hold. By replacing your entire suspension set at a single time, you can save a lot of the time and funding you would have to spend on individual repairs. There are a lot of benefits to this practice, and we outline four of them in more detail below.

No Guessing Games
A big challenge for any vehicle owner is guessing what part of a system is creating a problem. Unless you have the tools to lift and essentially disassemble your car, you won’t be able to easily target the specific part that is causing problems. If you repair your car piece by piece, every repair will be a scavenger hunt. Since those pieces are all different ages, you’ll get to enjoy a lot more of those scavenger hunts, too. Replacing your suspension set all at once means fewer trips to the mechanic, or at least fewer days stuck under your car in the 
garage.

Fine Tune Together
Of all the parts and systems that go into your car, few are so delicate and difficult to tune as your suspension. This work is tedious, time consuming, and easy to mess up. All it takes is one good pot hole to require fresh adjustments. Older and newer parts trying to work in harmony can throw your suspension out of alignment, too. Installing your suspension piecemeal makes tuning more difficult and increases the need for regular checkups. If you fine tune your entire, fresh system in one sweep, you can rest assured that it’s truly performing as well as it can.

Your Wheels Will Thank You
Your wheels depend on good suspension. Breaks or strains on your suspension system put extra stress on your tires and throws your wheels out of alignment. Tires are expensive. Buying extras when you don’t have to is a waste of money. Making sure your tires don’t wear down prematurely is also a safety concern. If you have an old suspension set, and you plan on going on a trip, replacing the set in full could prevent the extra wear and tear that leads to flat tires.

Savings
All of these points add up to the most important point of all: spending less. While you might be willing to sink some extra funds into your car to give it the power and style you need, there’s no point paying for extra repairs and parts that could be avoided. A full suspension set puts your vehicle in better standing for a longer period of time, which allows you to save up for the things you actually want.


Replacing your full suspension set can make your car feel like an entirely new ride. It limits damage to other systems in the near future as well. Although it requires a larger initial payout, you’ll save more and drive safer for a longer time with a full new suspension set.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Spike Lug Nuts: The Legal Way to Buff Up Your Car



First of all, let’s clear the air. Spike lug nuts are legal. They don’t look like they should be, but they’re less likely to get you pulled over than that window tint you’re considering. They come in all sizes, materials, and colors, and if you can ride it, you can fit spikes on it.

ATV Spike Lug Nuts


ATVs are all about adventure, but customizing them to reflect your wild side is a pain. Paint jobs and body mods cost a pretty penny. What hurts more than the initial payout is the fact that all that custom work probably won’t survive more than a few trips around your favorite off-road track. ATVs are built tough, and they often survive dramatic flips, rolls, and slides without any serious damage. Cosmetics, of course, are another story entirely.

Spike lug nuts offer a practical way to add some style to your ATV. Extra work on the body of an ATV, usually looks like the owner is trying too hard. You want to avoid this. However, your ATV actually needs lug nuts, though, and these understated accessories add a sharp bit of style that stands out of the crowd. They’re available in a range of materials and colors to match any wheels, and unlike that pretty paint job, they can actually stand up to everything you have to throw at them.

Car and Truck Spike Lug Nuts


Cars and trucks face strict appearance and modification policing. A lot of the most interesting additions aren’t legal, at least not for driving on the street. Unless you plan to tow your beautiful work of art everywhere, you’ll have to think outside the box. Again, this is where spike lug nuts come into play. While they look like some wicked device from a Roman chariot race, spike lug nuts are entirely legal and perfectly safe. They reflect the attitude of your car. They don’t make it a killer.

Another factor to consider about spike lug nuts is the price. You can light up your undercarriage and invest in chrome everything, but only if you have the budget. Chances are, even after you’ve gone through all the cost and effort of making your car a one-of-a-kind custom ride, it will still turn out looking like some other guy’s toy. The market is only just now waking up to the advantage of spike lug nuts. Most people just assume they’re illegal because they look dangerous, but they’re perfectly legal and still surprisingly unique.

Best of all, spike lug nuts add a certain flair to your car or truck that you just can’t get from most popular modifications. They’re simple, they don’t interfere with your vehicle’s overall shape and design, and they’re actually useful. Gilding the lily is always a disaster, and who wants a pretty paint job when you can turn your car into something straight out of a post-apocalyptic thriller?

Spike lug nuts are legal, but you don’t have to tell anyone except the cops. You can enjoy everyone else’s double-takes. Whether you want to buff up your ATV, car, or truck, the right spikes are waiting.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Pros and Cons of Lightweight Racing Lug Nuts



Lightweight racing lug nuts are tailored to speed. They are made for a specific purpose, and they fulfill that purpose well. It’s popular to use racing parts as much as is legally possible in regular vehicles, but lightweight racing lug nuts are best used for the purpose their name suggests. They don’t give many advantages, but they can help racers shave a bit off their vehicle’s total weight, and that’s important when you’re aiming for a win. That weight can make all the difference between coming in first place or second place.  Still, lightweight racing lug nuts have their own set of pros and cons, and it's best to be informed before you invest in new hardware.

Pros of Lightweight Racing Lug Nuts


Lightweight racing lug nuts can cut precious pounds off of a race car, or any car looking to maximize its potential for speed. Although they sometimes require a little extra torque to fit down, most drivers have few issues getting the lighter weight lug nuts to go where they should. Although the idea of a lightweight lug nut may sound like an opportunity for cracks, breaks, and loose wheels, the truth is very different. Most lightweight racing lug nuts are made of aluminum. The materials used come from many of the same programs that produce the gear used in aircrafts. Just because they are light doesn’t mean they aren’t tough. The key advantage is definitely speed, but these lug nuts don’t lack for strength.

Cons of Lightweight Racing Lug Nuts


Unfortunately, lightweight lug nuts aren’t built to fit every vehicle. As mentioned above, they can be made to fit most racing cars. Still, that fit isn’t perfect. They may come loose, especially under rapid speeds. If you use lightweight lug nuts in a race car, you need to check them often to make sure they haven’t come loose. It’s a good idea to routinely tighten them, just in case they’ve become loose just enough to jeopardize your wheel’s stability. Just because they aren’t clearly loose and jiggling around doesn’t mean they couldn’t use a little tightening up.

Are They Right for You?


This ultimately comes down to how light you need your car to be. The best fitting lug nuts may not be lightweight, but they won’t require the same amount of adjustments lightweight options will. On the other hand, a little less weight could help you pull ahead of the competition. The purpose of your vehicle will ultimately determine whether or not lightweight lug nuts will do what you need.

Thanks to their shortcomings, it’s a good idea to test out lightweight racing lug nuts before you hit the track for a race. Check to see exactly how much weight they cut off, and compare that to how much trouble it is to tighten them up all the time. They offer a great benefit, but it comes at a price. If you don’t pay attention to the cons we discussed, you could end up losing more than a race.

Monday, April 10, 2017

How to Tell You’ve Picked the Wrong Lug Nuts



Lug nuts are the unsung heroes of the wheel world. They hold your tire in place firmly. They keep any extra hardware, like wheel spacers, in place and working well. Lug nut failure is a serious business. While, obviously, the biggest sign of picking the wrong lug nuts is having a wheel come off, there are other signs you should be on the lookout for as well. If your lug nuts are too short or wear out quickly, you’ve picked the wrong lug nuts. On a lighter note, not all lug nuts look good with all wheels. That can be a problem too.

They’re too short


Lug nuts that are too short, don’t have the grip needed to hold your wheel in place. Lug nuts come in different sizes. These sizes correspond to the depth of the parts that they want to hold together. When a lug nut is too short, it can’t “grip” the second piece well enough. You could have only one or two threads (the raised edges that spiral around a lug nut and interlock with other parts to hold them in place) gripping the tire or your wheel. This poses a safety hazard. Once you’re on the road, these two threads have to bear the full torque of your tire. Eventually, they could snap.

You can also get the wrong lug nuts by purchasing lug nuts that are too long. However, this problem is usually caught immediately during installation, as your lug nuts literally don’t fit the wheel. When you tighten them all the way in, they still protrude from the wheel instead of lying flush. This is a dead giveaway that you’ve picked the wrong lug nuts, and people rarely make it to the road with these errors.

They get worn out quickly


Your lug nuts take a beating. They’re exposed to the elements, and they hold your tires together. The right lug nuts can last for years, despite this constant punishment. The only time you should replace them is in the event of damage during a tire replacement or rotation. A cross-thread is the most common cause of lug nut death.

If you’re taking your tires in to be rotated (at a trustworthy shop) or you’re rotating them at home and each time you’re having to replace worn lug nuts, something is wrong. You’re choosing the wrong lug nuts somewhere down the line. If you’ve modified your vehicle, you could be putting extra torque that weaker lug nuts can’t stand. You may have to upgrade to titanium lug nuts to get the strength you need.

They don’t match the look you want


If your lug nuts stand out from your rims as an eyesore, you’ve picked the wrong lug nuts. While some people value different things in their rides, most people want it to look good. Getting lug nuts with a color treatment or of a different metal can make your ride look awesome--every time.

Picking the wrong lug nuts could be dangerous--or just unsightly. Make sure that your lug nuts are the right length for your tire and your after-market modifications. Your lug nuts should be able to take a beating and keep going. Lastly, if you want something flashy you might as well go all the way. Get the look you want.