Tips & Solutions

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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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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How to Clean your Wheels and Tires

Regularly cleaning your wheels and tires is important to keeping them looking great. It is also a very important practice for the preventative maintenance of your vehicle. Allowing break dust to build up on your wheels can be highly corrosive to your vehicle. Additionally, the long-term effects of UV rays on your tires can cause […]

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Signs of a Bad Transmission

Your vehicle’s transmission directs the power created by your engine to rotate your wheels. There are many intricate parts that all work together to keep your transmission functional and if one goes bad, the whole system is affected. If your transmission seems to be acting up, it is important to get it checked immediately before […]

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Alloy Wheels Vs. Steel Wheels Pros & Cons Guide

Choosing the right wheel for your vehicle is extremely important. When it comes down to it there are two types of wheels to choose from: alloy wheels and steel wheels (or alloy rims and steel rims). Each type of material has its advantages and disadvantages. From price to performance, this guide will compare the pros […]

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Vehicle Emergency Kit Essentials

As the weather begins to turn, it is good to double check that your emergency kit has everything you may need in the event of a catastrophic incident. Whether you are involved in an accident that causes injury or simply stranded on the side of the road in a snowstorm, it is important to be […]

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The Right Quality Wheels for You

The overall condition and performance of your vehicle can be dependent on the quality of your wheels. The terms “rim” and “Wheel” are used interchangeably to describe the round metal base that is mounted to the axle. It is important to remember that big, flashy (Often aftermarket) rims don’t necessarily indicate quality. Instead, consider factors […]

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