Picking the right wheels for a car is the key to achieving the perfect look, especially for Lowrider builds. A nice car without the right set of wheels is like wearing an Armani Suit with combat boots on; it just doesn't look right. That being said, picking out the perfect wheel and tire combination can be a nerve racking experience, even for the most keen of builders. Wheels are primarily designed to be functional, however, our culture is one of an aesthetic nature, thus making it hard for us to find a wheel and tire combination that is as nice to look at as it is smooth to ride on. As far as looks go, you can't go wrong by slipping into a set of wire wheels with 5.20s, or plus-size chromes. Riding on polished or colored rims with matching low-profile tires is the definitive fashion statement for our culture, thus a wheel and tire upgrade is usually one of the first aspects tackled on a rebuild.

How do you go about picking the perfect wheels for your ride? Well, the number of wheel and tire choices available these days can be a bit overwhelming. For the past few years, some manufacturers have been trying to "re-invent the wheel," as they have begun to offer wheels with custom paint jobs designed to match your vehicle. Others have designed their wheels with bolt-on cosmetics that completely change the appearance of the rims, without having to swap out the wheel. Thanks to the re-introduction of the Camaro and the Charger, consumers have maximized the widening of the rear end of these vehicles by using bigger rims that show off the deeper wheel lips. These are just a few of the tricks and trends that we have seen for 2010, now let us give you some pointers on shopping for wheels.

The more you know about the wheels you're looking at, the better prepared you'll be when it's time make a purchase. For starters, don't be afraid to ask too many questions. Any reputable shop or online retailer should be able to address any concerns you have about making your purchase. They should easily be able to provide basic information about any size or make of wheel, and they should ask you for your vehicle's year, make and model, to help you find a set of wheels that will fit your ride. Once you give them this information, it will narrow down your wheel options to a more manageable decision.

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Blaque Diamond
Sizes> 20, 22, 24
Finishes> Matte black with machined finish and color match paint to any custom color
Offsets> 15-55
Applications> SUV, Car, luxury car, and sports car
www.blaquediamond.com
866.604.8700

Morpheus
Diablo
Sizes> 22x8.5, 22x9.5, 24x10
Finishes> Chrome with black accents, custom colors available
Applications> Car, truck, and SUV
www.diablousa.com / 626.813.2500

LX704
Lexani
Sizes> 18x8, 20x8.5, 22x9, 24x10, 26x10, 28x10
Finishes> Chrome, bright silver, gunmetal, polished, machined, powdercoat paint, color match paint, liquid carbon finish, liquid wood finish, wheel lip engraving, painted lip, lip accent ring if applicable
Applications> Call for fitments
www.lexani.com