Dec 4, 2010

New Wheels

Pictured on your left is my 1995 Hyundai, an extremely dependable vehicle I purchased a few years ago for the almost-criminal price of $700. Over the past few years I have sunk very little into this vehicle, and since it has just over 100,000 miles, I figured that an investment in new wheels and tires would be worthwhile.

The rusted steel wheels that came with the vehicle were increasingly difficult to balance, and I also grew tired of pumping up the tires every few days, as tire sealant only goes so far with pitted and dented wheels.

Yet what really surprised me was not the smooth ride on the new wheels and tires, but how good this car looks without four rusted steel wheels. I almost did not recognize the car when I picked it up from the tire store.

I also had the tire guys go to a 14-inch rim over the 13-inch wheels that came with the original vehicle. This was in part due to the fact that the 13-inch OEM wheels are scarce, and frankly a bit more expensive than the 14-inch wheels that were modified for my car.

Anyways, I look forward to a smoother ride and fewer chuckles from some of my new car-obsessed friends: this car looks pretty damned sharp for a 15-year-old machine.


Mad Jack said...

I think that's a smart investment, HistoryMike. Whenever I debated the wisdom of sinking money into my heap, I measured the investment by car payments. $1,200 in repairs? If I drive the hooptie for three months I've recouped my investment. Anything over three is a free ride.

The car looks nice, by the way.

Anonymous said...

Better get your speedthermometer recalibrated if the total diameter of your new tire/wheel combo is bigger than is used to be, or do the math in your head to figure out how much faster your actual speed is than the speed displayed on the speedmeter. Take a run between mile markers on the freeway with your speedo at 60. If you transit the distance in less than 60 seconds, you might need to get it adjusted. You know how the cops are in Ohio....with their fancy jackboots and ability to tell a former Michigander by his accent.