Nothing bugs me more than someone purchasing the wrong aftermarket wheels for their car. Poor color choice, size selection and overall style will kill even the most expensive exotics. Here are a few rules I go by when purchasing aftermarket wheels for my car:
Pick a wheel design that accentuates the car, not a design that screams I BOUGHT NEW WHEELS.
Check out the two cars below and see what I feel are good wheel upgrade decisions by their owners.
Below is a supercharged Audi S5 from GMG Motorsports in Orange County, CA. The wheels are 20″ HRE M40’s.
The usual rule of thumb is +2 – where your upgraded rims should be about 2 inches larger than the stock rims. Depending on the car, you can also do +3. For SUV’s the size will depend on how much money you have and what kind of ride you are looking for. I would typically go with 22’s, 24’s or 26’s.
You don’t have to spend a ton of money.
There are a lot of wheels out there and you shouldn’t feel like you have to spend a lot of money to get a good set. TSW and Axis Wheels, for example, makes some very strong, light wheels for a lot of different applications.
Don’t expect the aftermarket wheels to improve the value of your car.
When you purchase your wheels, the last reason you should use to rationalize your decision should be “my car will be worth more after”. People really don’t care about wheels when they purchase used cars. In fact, it may hurt the resale value of your car because buyers may wonder what other modifications were made.