Modification is about creating a unique piece of automotive art, but getting it right is certainly not as simple as it looks.
Too often over-eager modifiers end up with a ride on the wrong side of garish, and all the time and effort poured into the project is in vain.
However, putting together a car you can be proud of doesn't have to be all that intimidating either. The best thing is to pick a theme and run with it, and settling on the right set of rims for your car is definitely a step in the right direction.
Custom Car Rims
No matter the year or make of your car, slapping on a choice set of custom rims can dramatically change its profile.
All cars come with a set of factory wheels, and a lot of the time you have the option of fitting a different pair of the manufacturer's rims.
That's a good thing, but the concern for every modder is that there'll be thousands of the same cars out there sporting the same wheels. Opting for custom rims is a great way to put your stamp on your car, but before rushing out to the accessory shop, it's important to think about the impression you want to make, as well as your budgetary constraints.
It's also important to consider what your car is used and whether your choice of rim will suit its purpose. For instance, if it's used for racing, it's best to go for a lightweight alloy rim that won't compromise the car's performance on the straight.
Alloy wheels are great for everyday driving because they allow the brakes behind the rim to breathe as you drive, which isn't always with steel or chrome. If your car is strictly a Sunday cruiser where there aren't too many high speed bumps, you can go large with a set of 20-inch chrome rims to really get the heads turning as you roll by.
Whatever you're willing to spend, there are thousands and thousands of different styles and designs to choose from. Even if there's nothing out there to your liking, you can have a set fashioned by combining different design elements to create something truly unique.
Color Code Your Rims
Color-code your rims with a little spray-paint so they flow with the rest of the car's color scheme. Invest in several sets to dress your car for different occasions.
Choose between matte and shiny chrome, flat or deep-dish, spinners that light up with an LED display or regular ones – with modern technology at the disposal of designers, the list is endless.
Driving with rims on your car takes some getting used to, but when you do take a corner and hear that sickening scrape against the concrete, you'll want to get it seen to as quickly as possible.
The quickest and best solution is to take the damaged rim to be refurbished, which involves buffing and sometimes re-spraying the rim.