Nissan 350Z Wheel Fitment Guide
May 21, 2021
The car that started the trombone jokes, the co-creator of the drift-boi stereotype, and THE car that everyone wanted/wants in high school because, you know, it's cool, right? Yes, we're talking about the Nissan 350z.
The 350Z is notoriously known as the affordable entry-level enthusiast car/drift car. Its sleek, big-bodied 2-seater design continues to capture the attention and hearts of enthusiasts even after 18 years. Though it's been criticized by many for the disruption of smooth body lines by the door handles, and while being underpowered, the 350z's modern design still looks badass especially with some aftermarket wheels and sticky tires slapped on. With some lowering springs or coilovers, you've got yourself the perfect track car, drift car, show car, and daily cruiser all in one.
So, if this big-bodied coupe has been hiding in your garage waiting to get some new wheels, tires, and suspension, we've compiled a few different 350z fitment options to help get you started.
The first step you need to address for fitment is what type of suspension upgrade you want. The big thing here is deciding whether you want static vs. bagged. Unless you're willing to spend a few grand on a full air suspension setup, coilovers or lowering springs are going to be your two options.
The other thing you'll want to think about right away is whether you want a staggered or square setup. Honestly, most 350Zs are going to be running a staggered setup due to the nature of the car's design, however, there are still plenty who run a square setup. You can check out the different fitment options/looks in the gallery to help visualize what you're going for!
Recommended Fitment Specs For The Nissan 350Z
Bolt Pattern: 5x114.3mm (5x4.5")
Diameter: 17" to 20"
Width: 7.5" to 11"
Offset: 10mm to 40mm
Diameter: 17" to 21"
Width: 8" to 11"
Offset: 8mm to 45mm
Lowering Springs Fitment For Nissan 350Z
Lowering springs are a super budget-friendly suspension upgrade and are generally pretty easy to install yourself with only a few tools and some basic automotive knowledge. Depending on the suspension brand you go with for your 350Z, you're going to get a pretty decent drop in ride height. We'll cover the best lowering springs options here.
Tein's S.tech Spring kit, for example, provides a 1 1/2" drop in ride height. Going from stock ride height to 1 1/2" lower is going to make a big difference in the way your 350Z looks and rides. It'll also affect what wheels and tires you can fit.
A lowered 350Z not only is a sportier ride, but it also provides a lower center of gravity which improves handling capabilities and provides more precise cornering compared to bouncy stock suspension.
If you decide that lowering springs are the route you want to go with, here's some common fitment setups
Wheels & Tires That Fit a 350Z Lowered on Lowering Springs
For lowering springs, you're going to see a pretty big drop in ride height and wheel/tire sizes are going to depend on whether you run a staggered or square setup.
If you want to run your 350z with staggered wheels on lowering springs, we commonly see 18x9.5 +22mm in the front and 18x10.5 +22mm in the rear with 245/40 and 275/40 tire sizes, respectively.
If you want to run a bigger wheel, you could opt for a 19x9.5 +15mm in the front and a 19x11 +11mm in the rear. This is a wider setup that's going to give you more room for a bigger tire and thus more grip on the track.
If you want to run a square setup, you'll want to go with a lower offset wheel and/or a less wide wheel. For an 18-inch wheel, you could run an 18x11 +8mm with a 275/35 tire. This will give you a poke fitment and will require either the fenders to be pulled or rolled slightly.
The Best Lowering Springs For a Nissan 350Z
I mentioned before that Tein's S.tech Spring kit provides about a 1 /1/2" drop. Tein is probably the most common brand of lowering springs that we see the 350Z community using. A lot of enthusiasts, including myself, prefer Tein because of their JDM roots and involvement in motorsports.
All of Tein's suspension kits are made in Yokohama, Japan which is the icing on the cake for a lot of enthusiasts. Their springs, like most lowering springs, are designed to be used with your OEM shocks / OEM replacement shocks all you really need to do is pop on the new lowering springs.
The other popular lowering spring options are...
All of these kits are going to give you a lower center of gravity with anywhere from 1" to even 2.3". Eibach's Pro-Kit provides between a 1.7" to a 2.3" difference in ride height!
Coilovers Fitment For Nissan 350Z
Now, arguably one of the best suspension options to go with, coilovers. This is probably the most common suspension upgrade for the 350Z community since so many people track these cars. Coilovers are a must on the track from a driving and handling perspective.
With coilovers, you're going to get adjustable ride height and damping adjustments which help manipulate how the car will handle. If you plan on running your 350Z on the autocross track, take it drifting, or even to a road course, choosing coilovers is going to give you the best results.
Wheels & Tires That Fit a 350Z Lowered on Coilovers
So, there's a lot of options to choose from when it comes to finding the perfect wheel and tire setup on coilovers.
Here are a few different options for your 350Z lowering on coilovers.
The most common wheel sizes for a square setup are usually around the following sizes....
- 18x9.5 with a range between +15mm or +22mm offsets
- 18x10 with a range between +10mm to +38mm offsets
- 18x10.5 with a range between +18mm to +25mm offsets
The most common wheel sizes for a staggered setup are around this range:
- Flush Fitment: 18x9.5 +25mm with a 18x10.5 +18mm in the rear (hella flush) | 245/40 tire size in the front and 275/40 in the rear (hella flush)
- Poke Fitment: 19x9.5 +15mm in the front with a 19x11 +15mm in the rear | 245/35 tire size in the front and 275/35 in the rear
Flush fitments are ideal for the track and provide one of the best looks. A few flush fitment examples for the 350z are running...
- 18x9.5 +15mm offset with a 265/35 tire size
- 18x9 +25mm offset with a 235/40 tire size
- 18x9.5 +10 with a 225/40 tire size
Poke fitments are going to require a higher offset and/or a wider wheel width is essentially pushed further outside your fender. A few examples of a poke fitment on coilovers are...
- 18x11 +8mm with a 265/35 tire
- 19x10.5 +22mm with 245/35 tire size
Best Coilovers For a Nissan 350Z
One of the fan favorites for the 350Z community is BC Racing. If you're more of an entry-level enthusiast or just want coilovers for the adjustability, their BR series is a great option. The BR Series offers 30-clicks of adjustment and is fully rebuildable after you beat on them for a while at the track. This is the best option if you want to make a real difference in the way your car handles.
There are quite a few other popular options out there for coilovers. Here's a list of some to check out.
- BC Racing BR Series | Starting at $930
- BC Racing DS Series | Starting at $1185
- Tein Flex Z Coilovers | Starting at $817
- Tein Street Advance Z Coilovers | Starting at $665
Air Suspension Fitment For Nissan 350Z
For all the show-style 350z out there, air suspension is probably on your radar. This is definitely more of an investment compared to lowering springs and coilovers so beware of that.
Wheels & Tires That Fit a 350Z Lowered on Air Suspension
If you want to run air suspension, the safest route (and most common) is a tucked fitment. When you're at a show and want to slam your car on the ground, your wheels are going to need to fit behind the fenders so you don't crush the lip of your wheel and rub.
Also, you can definitely still run a staggered setup on air suspension. We'll run through a few options for both square and staggered setups.
For staggered setups, your wheel and tire size are going to be bigger in the rear. We see a lot of 350z on air running a bigger wheel size of 19x10.5 in the front and 19x11.5 in the rear OR a 19x11 +14mm offset with a 19x12 0mm offset in the rear. As far as tire sizes go with a 19x10.5 for example, you could run a 235/358 or a 245/35 without any modification to your fenders. If you're running a widebody or something similar, you could go bigger with a 265/30 even.
If you want to run an 18-inch wheel for a little more tire, a common wheel setup is 18x11 +8mm in the front and 18x12 +7mm in the rear. Beware that a lot of wider setups and/or higher offset wheels are going to require either rolling your fenders (yes, even though the 350z already has generous wheel fenders) and/or even some over fenders/widebody kit.
For those who want to run a square setup on air suspension with a bigger wheel, a few common sizes we see are a 19x9.5 +15mm running a 245/35 tire OR 19x9.5 +22mm with a 275/30 tire. Remember, these fitment specs are going to give you a tucked fitment to accommodate your air suspension system.
The Best Wheels For Nissan 350z
The best looking Nissan 350z wheels is quite a long list especially when you consider all the different types of builds out there, but here are a couple specific wheels that always seem to be popular in the 350z community.
Nissan 350z RPF1 Fitment
The Enkei RPF1 is a notorious wheel for almost every platform out there because of its versatile design, but the 350z community especially loves this wheel because of its involvement in the motorsports world.
The RPF1 is light, strong, and is available in a ton of sizes to accommodate almost every platform and type of build out there, hence why the 350z community loves this wheel. It's perfect for both drifting, autocross, road courses, and even show cars.
The most common size of the RPF1 that you're going to see on the 350z is a 18x9.5 +15mm in the front with a 18x10.5 +15mm in the back (if you want a staggered setup). This gives you room to fit a 235 to a 265 tire size.
Nissan 350z Kansei Tandem Fitment
The Tandem from Kansei is their flagship wheel that's actually inspired by Godzilla. Bet you couldn't have guessed that.
The Tandem looks really good on the 350z due to the different concavity levels available and the smooth, rounded spokes. Its design aesthetic perfectly matches that of the 350z body.
Common fitment specs for the Tandem on a lowered 350z are 18x9.5 +22mm in the front and a 18x10.5 +12mm in the back. If you are running a square setup, you could go a little wider with a 18x10.5 +12mm offset, but you probably will need to roll/pull your fenders and may even experience some rubbing at a full turn.
Now, you could either take a hammer to the inside of your wheel well to prevent that, or SEND IT.
We hope this helped narrow down your options and gave you a better idea of what size wheels and tires you need based on your application, suspension, and fitment style.
If you've already dialed in your fitment on your 350Z, drop your fitment specs below and make sure your car is in the gallery!