New Tires? Why Not New Rims Too?

January 14th, 2017

If you’ve got a big 4 x 4 or SUV, new tires are a great upgrade, especially with a lift kit so that you can mount bigger tires and get better ground clearance. If you’re Tires in Humble TXgoing for new tires, why not get new wheels as well?

Wheels and tires are more than just a cosmetic touch that personalizes your truck. They can also improve performance in significant ways. Consider this: rotational mass and unsprung weight (the weight of the vehicle that isn’t supported by the suspension) have a real impact on handling and braking performance.

Upsized tires and wheels already make your brakes work harder to slow your vehicle down, and can even have an effect on your speedometer reading and transmission shift points. Cutting the unsprung ...[more]

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A Brief History of Custom Wheels

September 23rd, 2015
Custom wheels are everywhere today, but did you ever give much thought to how they were developed over the years? 
 
To trace the history of the custom wheel, you have to go back to the years after WWII. During the war, piston engine performance had advanced greatly with aircraft, and in the following years stock car racing went from a ragtag bunch of moonshine runners to becoming an organized sport. As early hot rodders and racers looked for ways to squeeze more performance out of their vehicles, their attention turned to wheels and suspensions. Early steel wheels were usually designed with two pieces of pressed steel welded or riveted into a single unit. Lighter-weight wheels would red ...[more]
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