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5 Mistakes When Buying Wheels and Tires

Fitment Industries Author | | January 4th, 2018 |

  • - [Alex] Hey guys, what's going on? It's Alex from Fitment.inc and today we are doing another episode of wheel school. Where we're looking into the five mistakes you can make when buying wheels and tires. Wheels and tires, especially in the car game, it has so many different options, offsets, sizing, tire size. All that sort of stuff is super easy to make mistakes when you're going through and buying your first set of wheels.

    First mistake people make when buying wheels and tires is they go cheap on their tires. Now there's a difference between going into buying wheels and tires with a budget in mind, and there's also when people spend all their money on wheels and then buy the cheapest eBay tires they can possibly find. Don't be that guy.

    So, the reason that you don't want to do that is tires are the only thing that keep your happy little, on the ground. Especially when you're driving a vehicle, or if you're doing something quick, or if you're going through tracks and things like that.

    Second mistake a lot of people make, is they assume that the wheels that they see in the picture are the wheels that they're actually going to get. So, wheels can always be directional or unidirectional. Not really sure if the unidirectional is a word, but if you take a look at certain wheels, they have curvature to them, especially wheels like the Cam C spin, where they actually twist a certain way when they're on the car. Some wheels actually aren't going to look the same on the left side as they do on the right side. Usually speaking, cast wheels are always just going to have four of the same direction, meaning that if you look at both sides of the same car, they're going to be spinning in different directions. If you're looking to avoid that, you're probably looking into getting something that's either rotary forged, or fully forged. Just because, since it costs more to actually pick those wheels up, they take the extra couple of steps to produce more molds, so that you can get the correct directional wheels for your car.

    Mistake number three is that a 235/50 tire is not going to be the same sidewall as a 275/50 tire. So the 50 is the actual ratio, of the overall width of the tire that you're putting on your car. Meaning that fifty percent of a 235, is not the same thing as fifty percent of a 275. So make sure that when you're looking into doing fitment for your car, that you're using the right measurements to decide what you need to do, to make sure that those wheels and tires are going to fit on your vehicle. If you ever have questions on something like that, drop a comment, ask a friend, or just shoot us an email and we'll get that figured out for you.

    Mistake number four, and this is probably the most common one. Keep a look at a design before they look at the quality. So this is more important if you plan on using your wheels for an intended auto-cross or racing purpose. If you're looking just to get a set of wheels that you can bash up on a drift day or something like that, this doesn't really apply to you. If you're looking to just to daily drive, again, not super applicable. But if you're looking to actually do something with these wheels, you're going to be putting them through heat cycles, or you're putting them through high stress environments, through HPD driving or something like that. You're going to want to make sure that you know the quality of the wheel that you're buying. In our last episode, we talked about rotary forged, fully forged, multi piece and cast wheels. These are the sort of things that you're going to want to know and you're going to want to make a decision on if those wheels are right for you.

    The fifth and final mistake a lot of people make when they're buying wheels and tires is they guess on their fitment. And that is an absolute no no. You know that you gotta do the right measurements for positive offset, negative offset, backspacing, bolt patterns, hub bore. All those sort of things that you need to know that you're making the right choice. A lot of people guess, I mean, I even guessed on my first car, luckily I did not make a mistake. The second time, I did make a mistake and it was a pain in the, to fix it. So make sure that you know exactly what you're getting into, and that's why we're here.

    So if you guys have questions on your fitment, or getting questions answered on your specific make and model. Go ask a friend, go ask us or somebody that you know that's going to be able to give you some good information. A lot of times we recommend that you actually look at pictures of cars that have similar setups. And then what you can do, is you can kind of base what you want, off what other people have already done. That's why we have that fitment gallery of forty-five hundred vehicles that you can go out there and look at what their fitment is, to decide if that's the fitment that you want. Or if it's something that you just don't think you'll be able to run. So this is the five mistakes people make when buying wheels and tires. We hope you guys enjoyed. Let us know what you'd like to see next on our next episode of wheel school. But I'm Alex, Fitment.inc, we will see you later. Peace.