Your vehicles rims and tires have several specific parameters that need to be met in order to make for a proper fitment. Making sure these parameters are met can make the difference between a wheel sticking in much, a wheel sticking out too much, or simply not bolting on at all. In this post we won’t be getting deep into the specifics but we will, however, show you the primary parameters to look out for when buying a wheel and tire package.
All bolt patterns are not created equal
Every vehicle has a bolt pattern which typically looks like this 5 x 4.5. The first number (5) represents the number of lugs your vehicle has while the second number (4.5) represents the distance from one lug nut to the other in inches. Surely you’ve heard someone say: “Yeah they fit, they’re 5 lug”. This is something that we hear often when customers call for a specific wheel they see on our site but shows as incompatible for their vehicle. Just because it has 5 lugs it doesn’t mean it fits as there the distance from one lug to another may differ depending on the vehicle.
Look out for the Big Bad Hub!
Your vehicle has a hub and your wheels have a center bore that slides right over that hub. Make sure that the center bore of the wheel matches or has a large enough center bore to clear your vehicle’s hub pilot. If the center bore of the wheel matches, that means the wheel is hub centric. If it’s larger, you can run a hubring if you chose (we recommend you do) in order to get a proper fit. If the center bore of the wheel is too small, it won’t fit and there is no easy way to resolve this without a considerable amount of work.
Don’t forget Mr. Offset!
The offset dictates where exactly your wheel will ultimately be positioned. The higher the offset, the closer the wheel is to your chassis. The lower the offset, the farther your wheels are from your chassis. Every vehicle has a recommended minimum and maximum offset range. For example, if your vehicle has a minimum offset of 35 and a maximum offset of 40 that means anything under 30 will be too low and anything over 45 will be too high. The offset can determine if your wheels are going to stick out too much or if the wheels stick in too much and end up creating an awkward fitment.
Once you get past all those humps it’s time for the Shoes a.k.a. Tires!
Running the correct size tires requires a proper Plus Sizing. Plus Sizing in concept is the art of being able to go larger on the wheel while still matching as close as possible the overall diameter of your Original Equipment tires. If you get the Plus Sizing wrong, you can end up with tires rubbing on your strut mounts or inner fenders.
At WheelsASAP there is no need to worry about any of the above. Our ‘Search By Vehicle’ tool was designed by industry veterans. Even if our Vehicle Database fails us, every order is reviewed by a certified Fitment Specialist who goes over your vehicle’s specifications along with the wheels and tires to ensure everything matches properly.