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4 Different Styles of Fitment

Fitment Industries Author | | October 23rd, 2018 |

  • That was the fastest I've ever seen that man move. I haven't seen them move that fast since soccer. In the wheel game there are all sorts of fitment, which means you've probably seen the meme where they talk about hella fail and hella flush and stance and dropped and slammed and maxi. I don't know, there's all these different names, but when you really break it down there are four major types of wheel fitment. We decided that we would talk to you about it today because that's kind of what we do as a business, that's in our name. Fitment Industries, that's the plug. Before we get started, don't forget to subscribe, we're trying to get to one hundred thousand so we can keep making really cool videos like this, so please help us out by getting there. And of course, if you're looking for wheels tire suspension head out to fitment industries dot com, but before all of that, you guys will click past that part. Anyway, let's get into number one. So the first main style of fitment is tucked.

    Tucked Fitment is when the wheel and the tire with suspension components as a whole, sit within the stock fender. Now you can achieve that with after market fenders as well or over fenders when people do their math wrong. But really, tucked fender is kind of like a look, and it is a thing that's pretty, well, common. Tucked fitment is something that a lot of people do depending on the certain circumstances that they're building their car for, which kind of sounds a little bit weird when you think about it. But here's what I mean by that, a lot of individuals would do tucked fitment for two reasons. Either one, they mess up or two, they're doing it for air suspension. Now tucked fitment is something that is extremely common on air suspension vehicles that are looking for a tucked fitment. It usually makes the vehicle look wider, look bigger and when it's on the ground it does look really, really, good. But tucked fitment usually results in a less wide track set up or a less wide stance set up because of them trying to fit the wheel inside the wheel well. In addition to that, you also have to remember that if you're going for a tucked set up, you're usually looking at a higher offset wheel because it's going to bring the entire wheel inside the fender. So a lot of people that are running a tucked setup, especially on their air suspension cars or stock cars, are usually looking at a very flat profile wheel.

    You're going to see that on a lot of different vehicles, especially the 45 to 55 offset range, but tucked is extremely common and you'll see it pretty much only in the air suspension scene, you won't see many people running a full tucked setup on coil overs, but you will see it sometimes when people make a mistake on their fitment. Don't do that, use our gallery. Makes our life easier, makes your life easier. We don't have to take the email of you guys emailing us back, saying that you have tucked fitment, you thought it was going be poked. Whatever, we're just going to get into the next one. Tucked fitment does require you to know a couple things. A lot of times with tucked fitment you are going to have to roll your fenders. Now if you didn't know, a lot of times with your fenders, you have the metal and it swoops inward but it doesn't actually swoop upward, which is the way you want it to especially when you go into air suspension, which you know if you don't fix that problem, you're ultimately going to cut into your tires. It also requires you to understand that you're probably going to need to have a very narrow wheel as a whole and a very flat facing profile so that you can fit everything underneath just fine. But then of course you're going to run into, well, potentially rubbing issues especially with a suspension component. It's not something that is the most common type of fitment but when it's done right it looks extremely, extremely good. I think those style of tucked fitment look great on an air suspension vehicle. It's like smaller sport compact, something like an Audi TT looks absolutely killer with a tucked fitment in it. Now a lot of people will argue that tucked fitment can be done with just the wheel, just the tire, or the wheel and tire together but in our eyes, we see it as the entire wheel needs to be inside the fender liner.

    The second, and probably one of the more common setups is the Flush Fitment, so if you guys think tucked fitment is when it's inside the fender you can assume that flush fitment means that it's on par with the fender. Now, like I said before, a lot of people argue, what is a flush setup? You'll see people take pictures of their tucked fitment and call it flush and it's just not how it works. People will say it's either the wheel or the tire when really in reality it's both. You want to make sure that if you're doing a flush setup that the wheel is matching up to the fenderliner dang near perfect. Flush is going to give your car a meatier setup in terms of how it looks mostly because you're going to get that setup, that flush setup with both wheels and tires. The tires help out so much with giving a flush strong look when you're looking at it and it's probably one of the most common setups when you're looking for like track oriented or actual use purpose for your wheel fitment. A lot of people will run a meaty setup and that usually requires their wheels to be flush with the car. Now, when you run a flush fitment you do need to take a couple extra things into consideration and it is something that we would probably say is a little bit tougher to achieve than your tucked fitment. And the reason that we say that is because it requires just a little bit more math. And don't get mad at us but that's the truth. When you're looking at getting different wheel fitment you're talking in aspect of millimeters and if you're millimeters off or if you buy the wrong aspect ratio for your tire you can completely mess up the flush look and ultimately result in a tucked look and if you're running static suspension on a wheel that has a tire that's pulled back it's going to look a little weird. It's going to look like you're supposed to be on air suspension when you're not.

    Flush is probably one of my favotire looks and something that we see the most common use of on most cars but it's definitely something that's common for the actual, like, track. If you're looking for something that's going to get the job done the best way possible, you can upsize your tire size based on your wheel width, which you actually explain in another video on how to calculate tire stretch or, you know, meat, you can do that. Check out the video, I think it's going to be like up there. And last but not least, the flush fitment look is probably going to give you the best bang for your buck if you're looking at something that's maximizing the space that the wheel can be in with your tire, you're going to result in something that's going to make your car feel better and there's going to be very few times that you're going to be able to upsize your tire to where you start to lose traction path, especially when you're looking at a flush fitment. It looks great, it's absolutely killer, and at the same time, it's probably going to maximize the performance if that's something that you really care about. Now, some people don't, and that's completely cool. We're going to get into the third type of fitment which is poke fitment. Now if you guys didn't know, this is probably a running joke for a lot of people that when you make a mistake with your fitment, you probably have poke, and sometimes that's true. Sometimes people mess up their offset and they're ultimately getting a wheel that sticks out half an inch instead of being inside their wheel line half an inch. But poke fitment actually has a little bit of a history and story behind it. You see, back in the day when you're at the drag strip, there were a lot of people like your dad or grandpa that would ultimately go to the track with their car, switch out the wheels in the back, and then run it down the strip the whole day. And what they realized is that there's very few regulations in regards to how big your rear wheels could be in relation to your fenders, especially if you're just running it for fun.

    As a result, people started running wider wheels in the back, and because of just the way it ultimately worked, the wheels started to poke out more, and more, and more. Over more time, you had ultimately the domestic market starting to grow this fascination with having wider wheels in the back for both track purposes and function. And then eventually, you know, the car scene took over and they're like that looks really cool, I'm going to do that just because I have a Camaro and I want to do that. Or I have a Mustang and I want to do that. And ultimately, that's where a lot of the poke scene comes from. Now that doesn't mean that it's not in other scenes, because everyone gets mad when we try to relate it to one specific community. But poke fitment does have its hay day, predominently in the muscle car scene, and for good reason, that's what people like to do. But poke fitment's a little weird. You're also going to see it on different types of vehicles as well. VW pickup trucks usually have a poke fitment when they're done right and it looks pretty baller. There are other types of people that like the poke fitment style because it gives them the more aggressive look. I did it on my own Datsun one time and I thought it was really cool, then I didn't the next season so I had to sell my diamon racing steelys for like eighty dollars a pop. It was a good time. Poke fitment is something that's a litte bit weird because it doesn't usually require as much math. Usually when you look at your offset, you just go smaller than the recommended offset which is going to poke your wheel out.

    But a lot of times you're going to thrash out your fende