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How To Properly Mount a Wheel

Mounting a wheel is something most people do throughout their lifetime. While it may seem easy enough for most, your wheels are one of the most critical parts of your vehicle, so any work revolving around wheels must be done with absolute certainty. Let’s see where to start. All About Inspection Before grabbing your wheel […]

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A Guide to Different Types of Hubcaps

Finding the right hubcap type depends on a variety of necessary and preferred factors. You need to decipher use, look, and attachment style all while keeping an eye on your budget. Also, what’s the deal with wheel covers? Are wheel covers the same thing as hubcaps? As the largest privately held distributor of OEM (original […]

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The Wheel Refinishing Process

Replace or refinish? When it comes to assessing your OEM wheels and what to do next, that’s probably a question that has crossed your mind. At Blackburn, it is our goal to offer as many solutions to your needs as possible. Depending on the condition of your wheels, complete reconditioning and refacing might be an […]

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2021 Vehicle Trends

As predicted, 2021 vehicle trends continue to lean towards increased technology and decreased emissions. However, what no one could have predicted, were the changes in consumer behavior due to the lasting effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. In what was a wild 2020, automakers are now ramping up 2021 production to cater to the rapid increase […]

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Does Wheel Size Matter?

Does wheel size matter? When it comes to the wheels on your vehicle, it certainly does. While upgrading wheel size can improve the look and performance of your vehicle, adjusting your wheel size without taking certain details into account can cause your speedometer to function improperly, damage your vehicle, and put your safety at risk.  […]

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The Importance of Load Rating and Weight Capacity

Your wheel’s load rating or weight capacity is an extremely important aspect of vehicle safety. The load rating determines how much weight your tires can safely carry at maximum air pressure. If load rating is ignored, it can result in tire failure, causing damage to your vehicle or bodily harm to you and your passengers […]

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The Average Lifespan of OEM Wheels

In previous blogs, we have established that OEM Wheels are preferred over aftermarket wheels, to ensure safety and longevity. But what is average mileage or lifespan of an OEM wheel? While an OEM wheel is sure to last longer than a tire that has direct contact with the ground surface, it does have an expiration […]

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Forged Wheels vs Cast Wheels

When looking to purchase OEM Wheels, there are many different factors to consider. In addition to things like size and style, it is also important to understand the difference between forged wheels and cast wheels. This refers to the two main ways that OEM wheels are manufactured during the production phase. A forged wheel is […]

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The Rising Popularity of Black Wheels

When black wheels initially hit the market, they were more of a novelty aftermarket wheel product. Something that was once solely associated with a missing hubcap became instantly cool and aesthetically sleek in the eyes of consumers. Over time, the auto industry began to catch on to this trend, offering black OEM wheels for all […]

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2020 Automotive Rollout: New Contenders and Old Favorites

So far, 2020 has been a unique year on many fronts. While most of this year has been riddled with bad news, the car industry rolled out some exciting new things to keep us on our toes. From Elon Musk’s glimpse into the future to Ford’s ode to the past, there was no shortage of […]

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