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How Much Do Chrome Wheels Cost?

 
low costOn Medium-size Car: $700-$1,200 Set of Fouraverage costOn Light Truck or SUV: $800-$1,800 Set of Fourhigh costOn Large Truck: $2,600-$12,000+ Set of Four
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Adding chrome-finished wheels is a common way to give a vehicle a customized appearance. Although some car enthusiasts and retailers refer to chrome wheels as chrome rims, technically the wheel sits at the center of a tire and the rim is simply the outer edge of that wheel.

Typical costs:

  • Prices for chrome wheels vary based on the brand, the vehicle's load rating[1] and the width and height of the wheels. On average, a medium-size car will require wheels with a 17"-20" diameter, at a typical cost or $175-$400 per wheel, or $700-$1,200 for a set of four wheels. For example, Sears charges $303 for a 16"x8" ion Alloy 182 Chrome Wheel[2] .
  • A light truck may require wheel sizes of 18"-24", at a cost of about $200-$350 each or $800-$1,400 for a set of four. For example, CarID.com sells the 18" Phino PW-18 Stroke 6 Chrome Wheels[3] for $289 each or $1,156 for a set.
  • Similarly, many SUVs require wheels with at least a 20" diameter, at a typical cost of $210-$450 each or $840-$1,800 a set. For example, BigWheels.net charges $295 each or $1,180 a set for the 22"x9.5" Helo HE833 Chrome Wheels[4] for a 2010 Toyota 4Runner.
  • Some super trucks can handle enormous 30" wheels that can cost $650-$3,000 each, or $2,600 -$12,000 for a set of four. CarID.com has Lexani Johnson II Chrome Wheels[5] at $3,598 for a set of two or $7,196 for a set of four.
  • To add even more glamour, chrome spinning wheels (with a center section that spins) can cost $1,000-$4,000 or more each, or $4,000-$15,000 or more for a set of four, depending on brand and size. For example, CarID.com has the Dub Ghetto Bandit Chrome with Black Base Spinner Wheel[6] s in 22" at $2,364 for a set of two or $4,728 for a set of four; and in 30" for $6,536 for a set of two or $13,072 for a set of four.
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What should be included:
  • Mounting and balancing services are typically provided if a complete tire and wheel packages is purchased.
  • Some online stores include wheel installation hardware, like lug nuts, with wheel/rim-only purchases.
Additional costs:
  • Excessive exposure to moisture, snow and potholes can damage chrome wheels. If the car is used on a daily basis (instead of as a show vehicle), even with regular cleanings and good maintenance the chrome wheels may need to be replaced after three to five years.
  • Some online retailers charge shipping/delivery costs of $10-$15 per wheel, depending on weight, while others provide free shipping/delivery. And make sure any online purchases are exactly what is needed; fees for returning unwanted chrome wheels can cost up to $100.
  • The purchase price for new wheels typically does not include new tires. Often, getting new wheels requires larger tires to accommodate the new weight and width. Prices vary, but expect to pay $90-$160 per updated tire.
  • Wheel installations are often free with a tire-and-wheel package, but if the wheels are bought without the tires, expect to pay $60-$120 or more per wheel to install.
  • Lug nuts, which are required to attach the wheels to a vehicle, are sometimes offered free of charge; if not included, they can cost $40-$60 per set.
  • Required to measure air pressure in new vehicles, Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) sensors can cost $200 or more to install in new tires.
Discounts:
  • Package wheel-and-tire deals may reduce the overall tire price by a small percentage.
  • Buying clearance, discontinued or overstocked wheels dramatically reduces the wheel bill.
Shopping for chrome wheels:
  • Shop for wheels based on the make and model of the vehicle; for balance and safety, the rims should be within 3" of the original tire size. A user on eBay offers a wheel buying guide[7] .
  • Before outfitting existing tires, know the bolt pattern and make certain that the lugs fit the vehicle. Springfield Motorsport in Virginia has a series of videos[8] on selecting and installing custom wheels and tires.
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External Resources:
  1.  www.tirerack.com/tires/tiretech/techpage.jsp?techid=35&
  2.  www.sears.com/ion-alloy-182-chrome-wheel/p-SPM7507639611?prdNo=5&blockNo=5&blockType=G5...
  3.  www.carid.com/phino-wheels/pw-18-stroke-6-chrome-449305.html
  4.  www.bigwheels.net/index.php?location=wheels&action=view_model&model=Helo%20HE833&bold_i...
  5.  www.carid.com/lexani-wheels/johnson-chrome-755727.html
  6.  www.carid.com/dub-wheels/ghetto-bandit-chrome-black-856122.html
  7.  www.ebay.com/gds/the-wheel-buying-guide/10000000000890789/g.html
  8.  www.monkeysee.com/play/14464-how-to-select-and-install-custom-wheels-and-tires
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