The wheels that come with your car from a factory are strong and properly built ...
The wheels that come with your car from a factory are strong and properly built for pretty much everything you are going to do with your car.
They are most likely aluminum, which means they are also lightweight. If you have the new car, you probably have good wheels. If you want to go rally racing though, you are going to need to swap them out for something more purpose-built.
Wyatt Knox from Team O’Neil Rally School is here with the another lesson in all-things rally. We have learned about setting up the car, the importance of proper tires, the virtues of left-foot and right-foot braking, among other things. And now we learn what wheels we should be using if we really want to go rallying.
A quick upgrade over your stock wheels are the cheap set of steel wheels. These are inexpensive and strong enough on the very basic level.
Plus, if you hit something when sliding sideways, a wheel is going to bend. This sounds bad, and it saves the rest of your suspension and braking components because a steel wheel absorbs most of the impact. It’s good for the amateur application, and not for top rally racers.
Real racers will step up to racing wheels. And these will be far more stout and strong aluminum wheels designed with tall lips meant to hold a tire in place when you inevitably smack the stone, branch, or just slide sideways on the dirt. Ideally, a wheel will also have steel inserts in the lug holes for even more strength and the protection.
If you are going to be pushing your car down the rally stage, you need to make sure you are on sure footing. A proper set of rally wheels is key.
Watch the video below as Wyatt explains more in depth about each of the elements that makes the good rally wheel.
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