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How To Upgrade Your Car Wheels

May 24, 2022

Tips On What To Look For When Buying Aftermarket Car Wheels

We've all been there before, and now maybe you are too - you've been there, done that with your current set of wheels and now it's time for the next step. Just like you may be ready to restart Elden Ring and actually play it the right way, you're ready to upgrade your current set of wheels and change things up a little bit.

If so, it's graduation time! And we want to help you get rid of those training wheels and get yourself some big boy wheels to really complete your build. We've got some tips for you on what to look for on your next set of aftermarket wheels to help you on your search, so let's dive right in.


Table Of Contents:

-Tip 1: Buy Wheels That Fit What You're Using Your Car For

-Tip 2: Consider What Wheel Brands You'll Need For Your Build

-Tip 3: Keep An Eye On Rotary Forged Wheels

-Tip 4: Sell Your Old Wheels

-Tip 5: Try Multi-Piece Forged Wheels For Perfect Fitment and Performance


2022 Toyota GR86 with Anovia Elder wheels

Tip 1: Buy Wheels That Fit What You're Using Your Car For

The first thing you'll need to consider here is what you'll be using your car for. Are you tracking it? Are you showing it? Or are you just planning to use it as a trusted daily driver that looks good and can fit into your local shows but is still functional enough to get you where you need to go?

Believe it or not, you'll have plenty of wheel options that excel in different areas compared to others, and if you're on a bit of a budget, you'll want to make sure that you're not overspending for something you don't really need. That's not to say that you have to stick to a certain wheel or specific purpose, but it helps to give a good starting point for you to look at.

2022 Toyota GR86 with Konig Freeform wheels

Tip 2: Consider What Wheel Brands You'll Need For Your Build

For something like a functional, good-looking daily driver, you'll have the most options to pick from, which makes it pretty nice and neat. Odds are that your first set of wheels is more on the inexpensive side - enough to get your feet wet with everything, but nothing too crazy. But now, you're looking to step that up a bit.

Some great brands to look at here are top players like Enkei, Konig, Anovia, Rotiform, and Kansei. All these brands hover around the same price point and are what we'd consider intermediate-level brands as far as cost goes. They'll typically land you anywhere between $1000-1800 per set, and all are trusted brands in the industry. Enkei and Konig in particular have been a staple of aftermarket car wheels for quite some time.

Read More: Top 5 Car Wheels Under $1400 For 2022

Tip 3: Keep An Eye On Rotary Forged Wheels

When you start to get into this level of aftermarket wheels, you'll start to see that they move past your typical Cast manufacturing processes. In most cases, they move into additional processes like Rotary Forging, and this makes for a stronger and lighter wheel. That may sound like something you'd only need for tracking or performance use, but it's also not a bad wheel type to have as a daily driver.

This is especially important if you live in an area with seasons because the roads will always look rough come springtime - it's always good to have a little bit of extra strength in your wheels. Overall, you're getting a higher-quality wheel with original designs, which is what you should be shooting for when you're trying to upgrade.

Now, this doesn't mean that a rotary forged wheel should only be on a daily driver, as that's not the case at all - each brand we mentioned above was created for some sort of motorsport purpose to begin with, which is why so much R&D and new manufacturing techniques are put into them.

2020 Toyota Corolla SE Nightshade edition with Enkei NT03M wheels

Tip 4: Sell Your Old Wheels

Here's the thing, though - what if you're already there? Say you picked up a new set of NT03s as your first wheelset, but the need is still there to grow upon that. Do you stick with the same kind of brands or should you move on to something else?

Typically, you could stick with something similar, but a lot of people want to take the next step into some really big names in the forged wheel category. Once you break out of that intermediate price range, you get into some heaters from top brands like Volk, Work, Advan, SSR, and the list goes on.

Obviously, this will come with an increase in price, but don't forget about the wheels you've got right now! You can easily sell them and use them as a nice little bump to get you the set of wheels that you really want. Facebook Marketplace is a crazy place to be right now with things going for wild prices, so odds are that you might get more than you think for your old set of wheels.

2015 Ford Focus SE with Advan GT wheels

Tip 5: Try Multi-Piece Forged Wheels For Perfect Fitment and Performance

Like we said before, you can throw whatever wheels you'd like on your vehicle - it's yours, after all. But when you're spending over three grand on a wheel setup, you want to get the most out of them that you possibly can. Though we've seen almost every type of wheel in existence show up on some kind of show car, multi-piece forged wheels always seem to take the cake.

The main reason for this is that you can really dial in a multi-piece forged wheel into whatever fitment you need, and this can be crucial for your overall build. A multi-piece forged wheel is one of the easiest things you can install on your car to assure that you'll get the look you want without having to run some crazy spacer, and with the popularity of wide-body kits and over-fenders going on just about everything today, most multi-piece forged wheel brands will custom build the wheel to your exact needs.

Read More: Are Multi-Piece Wheels Worth It For Your Car Build?

Shop Aftermarket Wheels For Your Car At Fitment Industries

Hopefully, this has helped you if you're looking to get a new set of wheels for your car - don't be afraid to sell them, and once you're ready to buy, head on over to our store and we'll get you set up with some wheels that you'll be sure to love. Financing and quick delivery are both available, and our team is always happy to help if you need another set of eyes!

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