Most cars usually enter the marketplace with standard wheels and rims on board which normally look like a compromise settlement and help the manufacturers refine the price tag. Lots of car enthusiasts fine-tune their rides starting with rim replacement.
Factory car wheels are often replaced with a custom solution for a good reason. Devoted car owners know that standard rims fail to leverage the real potential of the vehicle and, let’s be fair here, may even look ugly in many cases. Installing fancy rims is the fastest and probably the easiest way to tune your car. Custom wheels definitely add a certain degree of splendor to your car’s exterior design and improve the driving experience. For example, you can replace heavy steel rims with light alloy ones to invigorate your car’s appearance and make it faster and more fuel efficient.
If you are not willing to put up with the factory wheels, it is extremely important to know how to choose the right set of rims for your ride. There are certain parameters like bolt pattern, wheel offset, rim size, maximum load rating and center bore that you cannot ignore. Choose your vehicle from your registry and follow the guidelines to find the best wheels for your car. We are constantly updating our database with custom rim sizes that may fit your ride.
Let’s dive a bit deeper into the wheel dimensions so that you have a better understanding of the fitment process. Speaking of the wheels size we usually mean the outside rim diameter. This basic parameter helps us associate rims with suitable tires. It is measured between the two opposite points where the tires bear against the surface of the wheel excluding a few inches of the rim flange.
As you know, tires have soft and flexible sidewalls so one rim can accommodate different tire sizes. That’s why you should know your rim width range, as tires of a wrong size may cause poor performance or even rub the fender. We provide the fitment data not only of the factory rim width range but also collect customized solutions all over the web with tire stretching samples. Average rim width employs a doubtful balance between driving experience and handling. Wider rims though provide more control at cornering, improve the quality of driving and look nice.
You also cannot pass over the rim bolt pattern as it identifies the number and position of holes for mounting the rim to the hub. Most of the US passenger cars incorporate a five-hole bolt pattern, SUVs and trucks go with six or more holes while smaller cars may have four. Bolts are evenly positioned around the center forming an imaginary bolt circle. It is also important to know you car’s bolt circle diameter, or simply BCD, provided by the manufacturer. Covering the distance between two opposite bolts, BCD usually goes in inches or millimeters with the number of bolts specified as well. And finally, choose correct lug nuts to mount the rims on the wheels studs.
The rim offset (measured in millimeters) is probably the most important geometric parameter of the wheel. Depending on the distance from the rim’s real centerline to the hub-mounting surface, the offset is divided into three types: positive, negative and zero. A positive offset means the centerline is located behind the mounting surface which itself heads outwards.