Custom Wheels and Rims Buying Guide

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What is a wheel offset?

An offset of a wheel refers to where the center of the wheel sits in relation to the hub mounting surface. The wheel offset is measured in millimeters and can be either positive or negative.

The Higher a wheel offset is, the more that wheel will stick out from under the vehicle. The lower the offset is, the closer the wheel sits towards the hub mounting surface in a vehicle wheel well.

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What is a wheel hub?

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The wheel hub assembly is located between the brakes and the drive axle of a vehicle. This is the part of the vehicle that the wheel bolts onto.

What are hub centric wheel spacers?

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Hubcentric wheel spacers make sure the weight of the vehicle is carried by the hub and not by the studs or bolts. Having correct fitting hub centric spacers lead to no movement or vibration in the wheels.

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What is a negative offset on a wheel?

A negative offset means a wheel is going to sit further in the wheel well on a vehicle. In technical terms, it means the hub mounting surface is behind the centerline of the wheel.

What is a positive offset on a wheel?

A positive offset means a wheel is going to sit further out from the wheel well of a vehicle. In technical terms, it means the hub mounting surface is in front of the centerline of the wheel.

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What does a backspacing on a wheel mean?

Backspacing is the measurement (in inches) from the mounting surface of the wheel to the back edge of the wheel. The more backspacing a wheel has the further out the wheel will sit on a vehicle which is often referred to as an offset.

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How to measure a vehicle’s wheel diameter

A vehicle wheel’s diameter is measured in inches across the face of the wheel from bead seat to bead seat. Only wheels and tires with the same diameter can be used together. Having a tire and wheels with two difference diameters could cause an unsafe driving hazard.

Will bigger wheels affect my speedometer?

Increasing wheel sizes can affect a speedometer if you increase (or decrease) the overall tire size. There are a bunch of speedometer calibration calculators online that you can search for to find out what the speedometer difference would be if you increase tire sizes.

Where can I find custom truck wheels?

Finding custom truck wheels is easy when you have a reputable company to speak with. Hubcap, Tire & Wheel has been in business since 1985 with some of the top experts in custom wheels to answer your questions.

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Where is the best place to buy custom wheels and tires?

Finding custom wheel and tire packages can be an easy process if you talk with the right experts. Hubcap, Tire & Wheel has been in business since 1985 with some of the top experts in custom wheels and tires to answer your questions.

What are dually wheels?

A dually truck has four tires on the rear axle instead of only two for an increased load capacity. The technical term is "dual rear wheel" and it all comes down to increase stability on heavier loads when towing. It’s easier to distribute weight over four total wheels instead of two.

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