When it comes to use of an armored vehicle for military as well as civilian applications, the main aspect looked at for an armored vehicle is its protection around its body and sides. Lot of times, the parts that come under the belly of the vehicle like rims are still overlooked upon in the armored vehicles.
We may see a lot of OEM wheels being used when armoring the vehicle based on its protection levels, but can anyone assure that OEM wheels will be suitable to use in armored vehicles?
In this section, we describe about the use of Heavy Duty Wheel Rims and its advantages over the OEM wheels being used. When talking about OEM wheels, we need to understand that OEM wheels are wheels that come with the vehicle itself originally before armoring the vehicle. Hence, the OEM wheels will take up the vehicle weight of the OEM vehicle only and not any additional weight put on it. The vehicle weight consists of all weights of the axles, engines, drive train, back pack accessories, occupants combined together.
While armoring, excess of weight in tons is added to the vehicle being armored and it is very crucial for the armored vehicle to withstand that kind of weight. We at CEMAR International recommend you to use Heavy Duty Wheel Rims for your armored vehicles rather than OEM wheels.
The Heavy Duty Wheel Rims are designed to take up all the vehicle and armoring weight put on it, which is why all over the world, Heavy Duty Wheel Rims are still being preferred. Apart from its characteristics of taking up huge weight, these rims are specially designed and engineered to have bead lock functions in it which cannot be found in normal OEM wheels. A bead lock function is the function of Heavy Duty Wheel Rim wherein the beads of the tires are locked onto the plate ring of the rim depending upon its design. This feature is the most necessary one to have in a rim as this stops the beads of the tire from coming out when tires are in deflated condition. With OEM Wheels, you can imagine the scenario when the tires are deflated.
Considering the above application of rims with bead lock used in an armored vehicle when in dangerous areas of attack, even if there is deflation or loss in tire pressure, the vehicle will still run and can reach occupants to safety. Seeing above, it is always better to go ahead with Heavy Duty Wheel Rims rather than for OEM Wheels even if you are the end user or an armored vehicle manufacturer.
We at CEMAR International have got wide range of Heavy Duty Wheel Rims for a variety of vehicle applications which include TLC 79, Hilux, TLC 200 and for APC type vehicles like FORD F550 and DODGE RAM 5500. We always prioritize occupants safety over anything else, which is why we provide with the best of solution for your armored vehicles.