Aluminum Wheels vs Carbon Wheels

When looking at cars, you often see various different wheel types - steel, alloy, aluminum, and magnesium (magnesium alloy). This article will talk about the pros and cons of the latter two. There are, of course, a number of reasons why you might choose either - here are some of the major points:

1. Price. Although aluminum wheels are not always cheap (steel wheels are the cheapest, although their weight can be a fuel and performance negative), magnesium wheels are generally even more expensive. As aluminum wheels are more standard, they can be more easily obtained, which also helps reduce expense and time.

2. Weight. Magnesium wheels are much lighter than aluminum (which is also lighter than steel). This improves your car's mileage and performance, and can also help make it easier to handle rough surfaces and potholes. However, in winter driving conditions, they can be too light, reducing grip and meaning you are more likely to slip on ice or get stuck in snow.

3. Heat. Magnesium wheels do not heat up on breaking as easily as aluminum. This increases the durability of your braking system. However, magnesium can be flammable if it does overheat.

4. Handling. Aluminum wheels improve handling over steel, and they help your tires retain their shape and increase overall responsiveness. Magnesium offers even better handling, though, and is particularly good with low profile ties..

5. Durability. Aluminum wheels tend to bend when they hit large potholes. Magnesium rims can crack and fail in the same situation. Overall, aluminum is more durable. Magnesium also requires more maintenance. Aluminum only needs to be wiped off. Magnesium has to be sealed and painted or exposed metal weakens.

In short, magnesium wheels will cost you more in price, more frequent replacement and maintenance in return for a significant improvement in handling and performance. The best choice depends on how much you drive and the local climate.

Questions about wheels? Contact Superior Industries International, the leaders in aluminum wheel manufacturing technology in Michigan. If you're looking for an aluminum wheel manufacturer, contact us today. 

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