A WHEELY GOOD IDEA

NZV8 - - LOCAL GOSSIP -

Choos­ing the right rims for your ride is one of the most cre­ative choices you can make in a car build, but they also have to work. Once you have cho­sen the right style and fin­ish, never mind the di­am­e­ter and width, front and back, you need to make sure they come with the right PCD, off­set, and disc clear­ances?

You can go to the in­ter­net for most things, but, un­til now, sort­ing that out has been a good old-fash­ioned head-scratcher for most builders. Real­iz­ing that this was a pain point for both builders and re­tail­ers, DTM got to work on solv­ing it. DTM’s mar­ket­ing man­ager, Bren­don Tord­off, man­u­ally loaded more than 4000 fit­ments on DTM’s records into an on­line fit­ment guide. It cov­ers 53 ve­hi­cle makes and hun­dreds of mod­els. “We knew the fit­ment guide was a big task when we started it a cou­ple of years ago, but man­u­ally loading the data against each make and model is the only way to en­sure it is cor­rect,” Tord­off ex­plained. Best of all, it works.

“It’s proven to be a solid en­gine that we keep adding to daily as a re­sult of fit­ment en­quiries from re­tail­ers and con­sumers,” he com­mented. Tord­off said that if the fit­ment in­for­ma­tion wasn’t al­ready loaded, they had to find it any­way, so might as well add it to the guide.

“That way, it’s there for ev­ery­one,” he said.

You can search wheels by ve­hi­cle, wheels by size, if you have the spec­i­fi­ca­tions al­ready, and tyres by size. Se­lect the width, ra­tio, di­am­e­ter, and brand. If you are run­ning a stag­gered fit­ment, the guide al­lows you to add dif­fer­ent-sized rear wheels. Check the guide out for your­self at dtm.co.nz.

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