FAQ Winter Rims
"Everything was simpler in the old days" – a saying that is certainly true for rims and tyres. Firstly, the range was not as extensive as today, and secondly, most of the permitted dimensions were recorded in the car documents. Due to the copious possibilities, today only the so-called base parameters are stated in the car documents even though many different wheel/tyre combinations are allowed. Especially as regards winter rims – meaning alloy rims that withstand winterly conditions – buyers have to take a second look in order to clarify the main questions.
3. How is a winter rim different?
In order to ride the roads in the cold winter months on designer rims they need special protection. Just like you protect yourself against the cold with several layers, the precious metal likes to be protected by several coating layers, too. AEZ winter rims use three layers: primer coat, paint coat and finish coat (SR3). The latter is a transparent sealing and first line of defence against environmental influences.
4. What's in a rim design?
Open designs, such as for example classic straight five-spokes designs, facilitate cleaning. A delicate multi-spokes design needs more intensive cleaning as dirt can be more persistent in the smaller intermediate spaces.
5. Is there a special winter rim colour?
No. In general there is no such thing as a "winter colour". Only the previously mentioned finish counts, which makes all the difference. Preferably, it consists of three layers. As regards colour choice, the AEZ experts recommend darker shades, i.e. rim designs in grey, graphite or black, for the simple reason that dirt is less visible as compared to lighter rim designs.
6. Is special care required?
When it comes to caring for your rim, the same applies as for the protective coat. Washing has never done any harm, because driving around for days in snow, ice, road salt and grit leaves a mark. Especially after long cross-country and motorway rides a car wash really pays off.