Large or Small Alloys? Does Size Matter?

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Is it better to buy small or large alloys?

For many people, this is a simple question - some would even say it's a no-brainer. After all, most people would agree that larger alloy wheels usually look more impressive than smaller-sized ones. A larger size will often allow for even more intricate designs that catch the eye, and with a bigger size the alloys create the impression of really filling the wheel arches. This makes the stance of a vehicle look particularly solid.

Also, with cars that have smaller alloys, often the weight of the vehicle bears down over time. This can mean that the steering wheel response is dulled and that wheels will lose grip sooner than would be the case on a car with larger wheels. Larger alloys don't suffer from such problems in the same way. This is because the tyres are thinner meaning that they aren't forced out of shape to the same extent as the vehicle corners. It also gives you more grip on corners too.

So, it does seem like a clear no-brainer then, it would seem. But is it?

The pros of larger alloys

So, yes, larger alloys look great. Visually, there are no real cons and aesthetically, larger alloys are a win-win. They often make a vehicle look more in proportion, and just better somehow. Add to this the benefits of better handling around corners too.

The cons of larger alloys

However, top alloys come with a price tag to match. Larger alloys will need larger tyres, which of course, also adds to the cost. Furthermore, whilst larger alloys give you better handling on corners, there are compromises to be made in other aspects.

When you go over a bump in the road, smaller wheels and alloys are better at absorbing the impact. This is because the tyre actually becomes a part of the suspension system, which results in it being more comfort than with larger alloys.

The other issue can come with careless parking. It's all too easy to knock into a kerb occasionally. With larger alloys, more of the metal will be at kerb level, which can result in more scraping occurring, and more damage.

All in all, the choice between small or large alloys is not a complete no-brainer. For looks alone, larger comes out better. But there are obviously other things to consider.

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