4 Different Styles of Fitment
Author: Sterling Feathers
February 26, 2021
There are various different fitment styles you’ll see with modified cars. We've all seen "slammed" cars on air and cars running crazy negative camber, but today we're going to break down all the main types of wheel fitment with the pros and cons of each.
Whether you're figuring out what fitment setup you want to run on your next car or you're trying to spice things up, we have all the details on each fitment style to help yah out.
Don't forget to take a look at your car's gallery to see what other people are running because it's super helpful when you can see your actual car with different types fitment. I mean, that's what we're all about! Add your car to the gallery while you're at it.
Tucked fitment is where the wheels sit behind the fenders or are "tucked" behind the fenders. This creates an imposing look to the vehicle and makes it look wider than it actually is.
You will see this a ton with air suspension vehicles...or when people make mistakes and have to improvise. Hey, no one is perfect!
The choice of wheels for tucked fitment is usually with a high offset paired with flat profile tires, which makes sense when you're trying to put everything behind the fender.
A lot of times tucked fitment is behind the stock fender and so you are looking at thin sets of wheels overall.
Speaking of fenders, if you are looking into tucked fitment, you'll likely have to roll your fenders. This is because you’ll want the metal in your fenders to swoop upward so that you have the clearance that is needed.
A lot of stock fenders will swoop inward, preventing you from applying tucked fitment until you roll them. Overall, it looks really nice when done right and it allows for the maximum flexibility that air suspension provides.
You can “slam” your ride on command or raise it to clear that darn speed bump that is trying to ruin your day!
Flush fitment means that the wheel is pretty much perfectly aligned with the fender. This is by far the most common fitment type from stock, especially for performance-oriented cars.
But, this can be a little tricky to do when you're going off the rails with tires and wheels because it requires very precise accuracy in your measurements.
Being off by just a few millimeters can cause you to end up with a tucked or poke look, hence why those styles end up being accidental for a lot of people.
Do not let that scare you away if this is something you want to go for. The benefits are plenty; you maximize performance and it keeps costs lower overall.
It also will look good and it will be the least controversial if you like to lay low.
There is a common joke about how nobody purposefully ends up with poke fitment.
It's definitely common to see this when somebody messes up with their fitment but there are also legitimate users of this style and there are certain types of cars/builds that go really well with poke.
Back in the old days, people would slap giant tires on their rear wheels to run at the drag strip which led to the wheels poking outside; increasingly so when the tires people were using got wider and wider.
This lead to muscle car owners adopting this aggressive fitment style and the look ended up being iconic for that scene.
What you'll have to look out for, however, is your suspension thrashing your fenders/tires due to them scraping against each other.
If you are going for poke fitment, it is wise to get a stiffer suspension that doesn’t tear into your rear tires every time you accelerate.
You will commonly see stance fitment referred to as negative camber; when the wheels are tilted to the side.
This is pretty much just an aesthetic fitment style, it’s not going to do any good for your lap times, stop light racing and curvey back road driving, but what it will do is turn heads. When done right, it looks awesome.
Stance fitment does not always mean a car that is damn near driving on the backside of the wheel due to obscene levels of negative camber. Also, remember that every car from the factory has some level of natural camber.
A lot of people will have stance fitment just to be able to fit a wheel they like which can result in a slight camber to accommodate for whatever they are trying to do.
As much as some people like to hate on it, stance requires a lot of work to be able to pull off. With stance, you are working with a variety of different things; camber, toe, air suspension, drivability, and adjusting to get the perfect fit.
Those who have managed to pull off a well-done stance setup have probably poured in a lot of time in the garage. Credit where credit is due!
Wrapping Things Up
We went through the 4 main types of wheel fitment and hopefully, this helps you get a better idea of what you want to do with your ride.
Otherwise, if you just wanted to learn something new, you will be able to spot what kind of fitment a person is rocking. There are other types of fitment but those will fall under these 4 in some way!
What type of fitment style are you running? What's your favorite type of fitment style? Let us know in the comments!