One of the most important groups of components in your Mercedes car is the one that is closest to or in contact with the road that you are driving on. This also means that you have to pay attention to:
- Your car’s tires.
- Spoke design.
- Material of the wheels and rims.
- The rims as well.
The rim is the metal component that is the layer between the rubber tire and the metal wheel. Here are a few things to keep in mind that will highlight the importance of the right rim for your car.
There are different sizes
A rim, in most cases, is considered as a part of the wheel itself but it can come in several designs and sizes too. You should be able to find the right rim for your car by looking at a size guide online.
For instance, if you have an R-Class Mercedes Benz and it was manufactured in 2014, then you can find yourself different kinds of tires and wheels and rims that run through numbers such as the following depending on the trim selection:
- 8Jx18 ET67
- 8.5Jx20 ET60
- 7.5Jx17 ET56
All of this can be decoded in the following manner – the size of the wheel rim in the first example above is 8 inches width, 18 inches diameter and a positive offset of 67mm.
And if you are a ‘non-techie’ driver, the best thing you can do is get your mechanic to give you some specs and then find the Mercedes rims and wheels online!
The function of rims
The rim of a Mercedes Benz wheel assembly has many important roles to perform. Some of these functions are:
- Offer stability for your driving experience.
- Support the tires.
- Eliminate steering problems.
- Enhance the aesthetics of your Mercedes even more.
So when you make any changes to the rims and wheels of your Mercedes Benz, you should also be aware that it will impact the stability, performance and alignment of your car in the bigger picture.
What should you consider?
Some of the things that you can keep in mind are:
- Ensuring that you buy only genuine rims.
- Design considerations.
- Size of the rim – smaller the rim, lower the profile of the car.
- The make and model of your Mercedes.
- Correct measurements of the rim.
- Material of the rim as well.
Materials for the rims of your Mercedes Benz
Of course, your choice can be driven by design or aesthetic considerations but you could also keep in mind a few more things when choosing your rims. Carbon fiber rims are pretty new, durable and light weight. Alloy rims are probably the most widely used for their good looks. They are pretty affordable too. Steel rims look pretty nifty as well and cost effective as well.
Finally, do ensure that you check out your car’s rims on a regular basis. Even the smallest dents or cracks will affect the performance and safety of your car. Start with buying genuine rims and then conducting periodic inspections for the same.