Replacing Alloy Wheels on 97 accord - what to look for?

Discussion in 'Accord' started by techman41973, Feb 3, 2005.

  1. techman41973

    techman41973 Guest

    My alloy wheels on my 97 accord are showing corrosion, scuffs and
    chipped paint on the wheel caps, I would like to replace them with some
    aftermarket alloys. Asthesitics aside, what should I look for in new
    alloys in as far as construction (2-piece 3-piece casts etc.). In
    regards to improving or maintaining ride and handling is lighter
    better? How can I get a rough idea on the durability of the finish or
    resistance to scuffing (from curbs etc.) Can anyone recommend some good
    national chain retailers to get alloys at a competitive price?
    techman41973, Feb 3, 2005
  2. techman41973

    ephedralover Guest

    First go with a chrome finish. Do not get polished with a clear coat.
    It will fade, yellow etc and any brake fluid or harsh chemical will mar
    the finish. Make sure the offset is correct for your car. You don't
    want the rims sticking out like a low rider. And make sure your tires
    are wide enough to cover the edge of the rim, otherwise you will ruin
    the rim on curbs. Not all the info you need, just some.
    ephedralover, Feb 3, 2005
  3. techman41973

    classicred Guest


    Chrome looks nice but on a sedan, sometimes it looks , dare I say ricey.
    More bling without performance.

    Tirerack does deliver to installers in your area and they will usually mount
    for about 10-15 per tire. The savings you get from tirerack is worth the
    extra few bucks, plus their selection is quite good. At the elast, you get
    to look at some styles and use the rack's prices as a bargaining tool with
    vendors near your home. I think the Enkeis look nice on Sedans like the
    accord. If its a coupe, hey maybe chrome is not too bad of an idea. Good
    luck buddy.
    classicred, Feb 16, 2005
  4. techman41973

    Dan Beaton Guest

    You could get the existing wheels refinished for a lot less than replacing
    them. Most cities have several shops that do this. Some shops offer a
    service to change the appearance of the wheel. Many modern wheels that
    look like they are clear-coated aluminum are actually painted and then

    There is no finish that will resist 'curb rash'. Concrete is a lot harder
    than aluminum. However, having a tire with a sidewall that extends wider
    than the rim will provide some protection. Having a rim that is on the
    narrower end of the spectrum for your tire will help this, although better
    handling occurs with wider rims and tires.

    Handling and ride are usually opposites (except for French car makers).
    Better handling gives worse ride. Larger diameter wheels and low profile
    tires will look better and handle better in dry conditions, but will
    result in a harsher ride. Wider tires are more prone to aquaplaning.
    Some premium tires can offer good handling and good ride.

    Lots of choices.

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    Dan Beaton, Feb 16, 2005
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