Monday, September 18, 2017

Three Signs You're Ready to Invest in Custom Wheel Adapters

Custom wheel adapters are a beautiful tool when it comes to customizing your car. However, they’re not for someone who’s just starting out. Investing in custom wheel adapters is a great way to take control of your vehicle and amp it to the next level.How do you know if you're ready to invest in custom wheel adapters, though? You need to ask yourself a few questions first. Have kept a set of adapters in good condition? Do you even know what you’re looking for in custom wheel adapters? Lastly, have you done your homework on how to procure your adapters? Once you answer these questions, you'll know if you're ready to the next step.

1. You’ve Kept One Set of Adapters for Over Six Months

You don’t want to drop cash on custom wheel adapters until you know that you can take care of them. Wear and tear can be tough on wheel adapters. Custom wheel adapters should be the prize you win after you learn from your mistakes with regular wheel adapters. So, what's the trick to keeping your adapters in top condition? Simply check on them regularly. For example, fix slight signs of wear and tear when you balance or rotate your adapters, or when you change the brand of tire you use. You’ll never take those steps if you don’t know that damage is occurring. Keep checking your wheel adapters regularly and they’ll pay off big time.

2. You Know Exactly What You’re Looking For

Custom wheel adapters make great sense when you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for on the main market. They're also the best way to get the exact effect you’re looking for. If you’re not sure what you’re going for, examine more of the options on the market. The various combinations of wheel adapters, tires, and spacers can give you a variety of handling options without having to custom order anything. Once you know what you’re looking for, it’s easier to create the custom wheel adapters that will make your machine run like never before.

3. You’ve Done Your Homework

You don’t want to have custom wheel adapters made until you know that you’re getting it from the right manufacturer. Do your homework on the kind of adapters you want and the kind of adapters that work for your vehicle. When you’re going with custom adapter, you need to weigh the pros and cons. While billet aluminum is stronger than cast aluminum, it can be more expensive. Also, it's often heavier. Is what what you want? Once you’ve done your homework and weighed your pros and cons, you’re ready for custom wheel adapters.

Custom wheel adapters are perfect, but only when you’re ready. Do your homework and learn how to get what you want from the materials. If you can keep your adapters in good condition, you’re ready to invest in something more permanent: custom wheel adapters.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Hub Centric Adapters 101

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Hub centric adapters are one of two common adapter set ups. They’re the standard, and as such, sometimes overlooked. They’re actually very useful, powerful tools that help you get the stance and the hardware you want onto your vehicle.

Standard Adapter Placement

Hub centric adapters are the most common adapters on the market. They’re essentially the standard for wheel adapters. The other common model is lug centered. Hub centric adapters are built around the hub of the wheel. That’s what they push against the most, passing most of the torque of the axle through to the hub. In a lug centric design, this torque is absorbed by the lug nuts themselves. While this can work, it’s not as safe. Lug nuts are smaller, easier to break or damage metal pieces. The hub as a whole is strong. When you know you’re going to be using hub centric adapters, you can ensure it’s standard ahead of time. Even still, check your adapters, hubs, and tires frequently (every 100-150 miles) to be sure everything’s working as it should. When properly installed, this should be a two-minute check and not a burden.

Why Use an Adapter Over a Spacer

One question people have is why choose hub centric adapters over wheel spacers. If you just want offset wheels, go ahead and just get a simple spacer. They work well, and don’t add as much pressure to your tires. Adapters are essential when you need to change the lug bolt pattern of your tires. Each manufacturer, and sometimes each model, as a pattern of lug bolts. This pattern only fits with certain tires, hub caps, etc. This is a way for hardware to stay distinct, and can also be part of a branding attempt. Wheel adapters are hacking the system. Find the right wheel adapter, and you can use whatever tire, hub cap, etc., that you would like on your vehicle.

In addition to being an adapter, a hub centric adapter also works like a spacer. They widen the stance of the vehicle and allow you to offset your tires. Offset tires can result in better handling, increased torque, and a smoother ride over uneven ground. They also just look cool--the more the tire sticks out, the more aggressive and dynamic the vehicle looks. Even when it’s standing still.

Hub centric adapters are a safer alternative to lug centric adapters. They allow you to change your car’s hubcaps and tires to fit your preference. They also act as a spacer, giving you the perks of both worlds.