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What to Look for When Buying Rims

by John Eastwoodon November 30, 2020

When looking for new rims for your car or truck, it's critical to take in all considerations and options. From bolt pattern and diameter and width of the rim, it's crucial to examine these parts. You want your vehicle to look great and drive better. When considering adding rims to your ride, research and ask about these factors; placing the right rims on your car will lead to a better and more unforgettable experience.    

Check Out the Bolt Pattern

When buying rims, you want to make sure that the bolt pattern matches the axle. What is a bolt pattern specifically? The bolt pattern is a series of lug holes, three or more surrounding the large hub bored at the wheel center. It's essential to line up the bolt pattern to the axle. If the bolt pattern doesn't match, it will be challenging to mount the rim on your vehicle. Sometimes some adapters will convert the bolt pattern to your car, but it's much painless and simpler to pick the matching wheels.  

Diameter and Width of the Rim

When picking rims for your car, remember to consider the diameter of the rim. An important fact to remember about diameter is that large-diameter rims will run you more money than small-diameter rims. It's also important to note that not every rim will fit every tire. As with the diameter, not every rim will fit every size of tire. For most purchases, manufacturers recommend wheels that are 2-3 inches narrower than your tire. It's vital to check over your owner's manual or get in touch with the manufacturer to place your car's right wheel width.  

Offset and Backspacing

The offset means the wheel's mounting surface compared to the wheel centerline. Consequently, a zero offset will put half the wheel on each side of the mounting surface. A positive offset will result in smaller track width, with the mounting surface closest to the wheel's outer side. Conversely, the opposite is accurate for negative-offset wheels. Backspacing is closely related to offset but different because backspacing is contingent on the width of the wheel. Backspacing is the length from the interior side of the wheel to the mountain surface. Shallow backspacing is similar to negative offset, whereas deep backspacing is closer to positive offset.  

Buy from the Best

When buying new rims, only buy from the best. As a veteran-owned business, we are here to serve you. Give us a call or visit us at our website. Suncoast Wheels is here for all of your car accessories needs.