There are high chances that you may have noticed that the wheels of some cars are really attractive than others. The attractive wheels are usually Alloy wheels. Alloy wheels’ is a term that manufacturers use to mean wheels that are made of alloys of Aluminum and or Magnesium. This is the reason why some people call Alloy wheel as Mag wheels’, as Magnesium is an essential constituent element for making these wheels.
Alloy wheels were initially more prominent or seemed something reserved for luxury vehicles and high-end sports cars. At the present, even budget cars are increasingly using alloy wheels. Subsequently, some of the benefits of alloy wheels include:
I. Visually appealing
Steel wheels are the most common types of wheels used by cars. Steel is also a metal choice that is generally used to make most car parts because it is cheap. But if you compare alloy wheels to steel wheels in terms of appearance, the former (alloy wheels) are more preferred. That is because alloy wheels improve greatly visual impact.
II. Improved performance
Alloy wheels offer better performance compared to steel wheels because they are several pounds lighter. With less weight, it means that there is less strain on the suspension components translating to better grip. Acceleration is quicker and there is faster stopping and cornering is improved.
III. Better heat dissipation or conduction
Compared to steel wheels, alloy wheels are able to better dissipate heat away from the components of the brake. This means that braking performance is better and the risk of failure of the brake is decreased.
IV. Better fuel economy
That is resulted by the fact that alloy wheels in terms of weight are lighter. Fuel efficiency is definitely increased to a certain level.
V. Corrosion and rust resistance
That is achieved since alloy wheels are made from aluminum alloys.
In conclusion, there are two main disadvantages of alloy wheels. That is, they are not as high-strength and are expensive to produce, repair and buy compared to steel wheels. If you live in a part of the world where you are confronted with bad roads daily then alloy wheels may not be the best choice for your car. The process of manufacturing alloy wheels is also more complex compared to that of manufacturing steel wheels. That is the reason why alloy wheels are more expensive to buy and repair compared to steel wheels.