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What is your most favorite car customization that you’ve done on your vehicle? Is it the engine upgrades, the exhaust system, paint job, or the tires? There are many other customizations that can be done on vehicles but one that creates a huge impact especially on the appearance is switching to low profile tires.
Low-profile tires are popular. These have larger rims and would readily fit on standard wheel wells. Best of all, it won’t rub when you turn. Have you ever wondered what exactly are the people’s reasons for opting for low-profile tires? Well, people select low profile tires for different reasons but among the most common of them all are the following:
Make Wheels Look Big
Low-profile tires create a look that many people love to have for their vehicles. Some people try to achieve this look by using smaller tires on larger wheels. This is called tire-mounting. Although this may get them the look that they want, it is not the best option because the overstretched tires still have a risk of being blown out.
Reducing this risk is possible by choosing to use low-profile tires instead. The specialty tires like the low-profile ones can be used without reducing safety. That’s because they are specifically designed to fit the larger rims.
Provides Better Handling
The low-profile tires are also chosen because they provide better grip and help in a more smooth turning. They look race-worthy but some of them are also legal to be used on the streets as well.
Due to the shorter sidewalls of the wheels, the low-profile tires are more responsive when it comes to making turns. That’s because such sidewalls flex less as compared to the standard ones. If your car isn’t great on curvy roads, a switch to low-profile tires could be a great solution.
Adds Aesthetic Appeal
If you are bringing your vehicle to a car show, using low-profile tires is a great way to improve the aesthetic appeal of the vehicle. With it, the custom wheels will be more prominent. You can even angle the tires to give it a bit more personality and to stand out from the rest.
Challenging Scenarios For Low Profile Tires
Although many choose to have low-profile tires for the reasons above, you should also remember that it can still be a challenge to use them in certain situations. First of all, they can be more vulnerable to damage due to the shorter width. This will not be a problem for those who only drive their cars on smooth roads or for occasional driving. Potholes and other debris could damage them easily.
Another thing you should take note of is the comfort that they provide. Compared to regular tires, low-profile tires offer less comfort. That’s because there is no extra height that could serve as cushioning.
Although they grip the road better, they also let you feel the cracks or bumps in the pavement more. Also, it is best to check if low-profile tires are legal in your area before purchasing them. Make sure to purchase from reliable manufacturers for your own safety.
Ah, the ceramic coating, one of the many glorious things about modern car detailing. It’s an absolutely great product that you can use to protect the paint on your car. Lots have raved about it and its many benefits.
So when was the last time you washed your ceramic coated car? Did you ever apply a maintenance spray on it?
You should have easily answered those questions if you were well informed about the ceramic coating on vehicles. One common mistake car owners might think when they have ceramic coating is that their car is resistant to the elements.
The ceramic coating does protect your car and makes maintenance easier but that doesn’t mean you should skip it. The ceramic coating eventually degrades as it is exposed to harsh environments and your driving habits as well. That’s why you should still know how to maintain it.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind:
Tip 1: Don’t Skip On Washing Your Car
Even if your car doesn’t easily get as dirty because of the ceramic coating, that doesn’t mean that you should stop washing your car. You should still have your car washed but there are a few considerations.
First is to make sure that you don’t go to the drive through car washes especially if they have the trolling brushes or mop rags. Those can ruin your ceramic coating.
Instead, you should use wash mitts or sponges that are of high quality. They are softer and will help prolong the ceramic coating. Remember that you don’t need to rub as hard because dirt is already easier to remove due to the ceramic coating.
Also take note of the soap you use. The usual car wash soaps have a pH that could damage the coatings. Use those specifically formulated for ceramic coated vehicles.
Tip 2: Wash In The Shade
If you have a canopy, it would be better to wash your car under it. If not, the next best thing is to wash your car when the sun is about to set or early in the morning.
The heat from the sun is what you are avoiding when you wash your car in the shade. Sunlight could also dry up the soap you are using and create water spots in the process.
Tip 3: Dry It Up
Even if the car surface is hydrophobic due to the ceramic coating, you should still dry it up. Drying it up will help make sure that watermarks are avoided.
Make sure you always use a clean and soft microfiber towel to dry your car. Clean ones will help prevent introducing more dirt into your car.
Tip 4: Use Separate Bucket For The Wheels
The wheels of the car are likely to be dirtier than the surface of your vehicle. You don’t want that dirt transferred to the surface of your car so you should opt for a different bucket for cleaning your wheels.
Similarly, your wash mitt should be different too. All those tiny particles that could be made of metal or hard rocks. You wouldn’t want to wipe that on your vehicle and risk scratching it just because you are cleaning it.
Tip 5: Apply A Coating Spray
A coating spray is also ideal for ceramic coated cars. There are specific ones that are compatible with the ceramic coating. However, it is best not to use wax, polish or other sealants on top of the ceramic coating.
It isn’t needed at all and it won’t really stick to the coated surface. Additionally, there may be some ingredients that could be abrasive for the ceramic coating. If you are to apply something on top of your ceramic coating, make sure they are compatible.
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