How to pick the right aftermarket wheel | Read now with GRM+

Colin
By Colin Wood
Oct 30, 2021 | wheels, GRM+, Aftermarket Wheels

Search for “aftermarket wheels” online, and you’ll get something in the ballpark of 380 million results–and at least of few of those hits are bound to sell wheels that fit your car.

Need help narrowing down the choices?

Lucky for you, we featured a guide that discusses exactly that back in the May 2013 issue of Grassroots Motorsports, which you can read now by subscribing to subscribing to GRM+ today.

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frenchyd
frenchyd UltimaDork
10/29/21 7:53 a.m.

If you want to race a "big " car stock car racing parts make sense.  Massively bigger market and well developed and durable tends to provide High quality. Low cost. 
      I use a lot of that stuff on my race cars. 
    If you're going to make a tube frame car. For speed and ease of construction use smallish square tube. Jaguar "D " type and XKE  did and towards the end Trans Am tube frame cars did as well.  
 The big advantage is greater surface area.  Jaguar brazed everything rather than welded it and they carried a big heavy engine and we're still able to pass the Federal Government crash test. 
     Cutting a fish mouth for a round tube frame is a slow process prone to errors.  Plus the only welding surface is the end of the tube. Square tube is simply a matter of measure and figure the angle.  Most joints are on top/ bottom of the tube. Easy to form triangles. 

z31maniac
z31maniac MegaDork
10/29/21 7:59 a.m.
frenchyd said:

If you want to race a "big " car stock car racing parts make sense.  Massively bigger market and well developed and durable tends to provide High quality. Low cost. 

If by "stock car" you mean NASCAR, no. Outside of a Miata, nothing modern has brakes that will fit inside a 15" wheel.

frenchyd
frenchyd UltimaDork
10/29/21 9:04 a.m.

In reply to z31maniac :

Oops?  Do you mean a 12 inch rotor won't fit inside a 15 inch wheel?  Hmmm Jaguar, MG, VW bug, BMW, Mercedes Benz,  hmm maybe a few others use 15 inch wheels or bigger?  

yupididit
yupididit GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
10/29/21 9:13 a.m.
frenchyd said:

In reply to z31maniac :

Oops?  Do you mean a 12 inch rotor won't fit inside a 15 inch wheel?  Hmmm Jaguar, MG, VW bug, BMW, Mercedes Benz,  hmm maybe a few others use 15 inch wheels or bigger?  

 

None of them have MODERN cars that fit 15" wheels. There is no modern MG or VW bug in existence. Also, there is more to brakes than the brake rotor. 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
10/29/21 12:42 p.m.
frenchyd said:

In reply to z31maniac :

Oops?  Do you mean a 12 inch rotor won't fit inside a 15 inch wheel?  Hmmm Jaguar, MG, VW bug, BMW, Mercedes Benz,  hmm maybe a few others use 15 inch wheels or bigger?  

That was a couple of decades ago. Don't forget, everyone, 1980 was 41 years ago. 

Good info in that article, and always happy to answer wheel questions. (Yes, it's a hobby of mine.)

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