To donk or not to donk?

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Big wheels keep on rollin' | Larry Edsall photo

So you’ve inherited Grandma’s vintage Crown Vic or Caprice and are wondering whether to give it the full donk treatment? Or perhaps you just bought a big new SUV and wonder about doing a lift kit and oversize wheels? Well, here are some things to consider:

“I’ve seen those trucks with 8- or 10-inch lifts and 26-inch rims,” Adam Dangleman, chief executive of RimBlades USA, was quoted in the company’s news release. “To me, those skyscrapers look pretty vulnerable to damage. I wondered if those drivers asked themselves any questions before making this change, so we thought we’d offer this graphic as service.”

“Adding larger rims and tires can put lots of stock vehicle components in jeopardy,” RimBlades USA added in the news release. “Introducing 26-inch rims to a ride means jacking up your sedan or truck with a 6-inch or higher lift, adding longer shocks or struts, making some powertrain upgrades and maybe a few more pricey adjustments.

To help consumers with such a decision, the company has created a handy and humorous decision-tree chart that considers such things as:

  • Will the rims cost more than your car is worth?
  • Are you married or single?
  • How are your parallel parking abilities?
  • Are you keeping up with the Jones in your neighborhood?
  • Are you lucky enough to have pothole-free roads all around you?
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“I understand how important it is to personalize your vehicle, to add a little style,” Dangleman said. “If you aren’t ready for all that’s required to add 26-inch rims, you might want to check out some RimSavers. Much more affordable, turns heads, and are a lot less work.”

RimBlades are products designed to protect wheel rims from curb scrapes and damage. They ca be used on alloy wheels, classic steel wheels, modern chrome wheels or motorcycle wheels, the company said.

RimBlades USA also produces Razor Lip and Lug Nut Covers. 

For more information, visit the RimBlades USA website.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Will the rims cost more than your car is worth?
    Are you married or single? Married. Wife will never go for it anyway.
    How are your parallel parking abilities? Not bad
    Are you keeping up with the Jones in your neighborhood? I don’t know anyone named Jones
    Are you lucky enough to have pothole-free roads all around you? Are you kidding? I live in Pennsylvania, pothole capitol of the world!
    Yeah, better stick with the stock 17’s. Besides that Impala shown above just looks stupid!

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