S13 240SX Wheel Fitment Guide
June 21, 2021
The 240SX and Japanese drifting culture have arguably made one of the biggest impacts in car culture, more than almost any other platform. The 240SX is also known as the king of drift/bro tax that we’re all feeling more than ever right now.
Regardless, the 240SX has always been and always will be everyone’s favorite drift car. To your surprise, the 240SX was not actually marketed for drifting or any type of motorsports (we’ll dive into this later), however, its design certainly favors some rowdy driving with its balanced and lightweight chassis.
So, I am going to assume that since you clicked on this fitment guide, you either own a 240SX and are looking for wheel fitment specs, OR you’re planning on picking one up.
If you aren’t already aware, literally every single 240SX on the internet right now is 1000% overpriced, so be prepared to pay some FAT bro taxes if you have the heart and the bank account balance to do it.
I’d strongly recommend looking into importing one because chances are, they are going to be cleaner and you’ll start with a fresh/unmodified 240SX. Otherwise, try to find one that hasn't hit a wall one too many times...
Okay, let’s get into the juicy details about some wheel and tire specs.
This S13 240SX wheel fitment guide will focus on a drifting wheel and tire setup (duh), an Insta clout build (c’mon, no hurt feelings here), and a night cruiser (daily driver) setup.
S13 240SX Recommended Wheel Fitment Specs
S13 240SX Bolt Pattern: 4x114.3mm (4x4.5")
Diameter: 15" to 20"
Width: 6" to 9.5"
Offset: 0mm to 40mm
Diameter: 15" to 20"
Width: 7" to 9.5"
Offset: 0mm to 45mm
Quick History of The S13 240SX
First, let’s quickly go over some history of the S13 240SX.
Everyone knows that the 240SX has a sh*t ton of names depending on the market it was released to, but you first need to start with the chassis codes: S13, S14, and S15.
There are plenty of S-chassis before the S13 even, but we're going to keep things as simple as possible here.
The S13, the 240SX we’re talking about in this fitment guide, was released in 1988 as a hatchback and coupe in the states with a 2.4L N/A engine.
But, in Japan, the hatchback is actually called the 180SX and the coupe is the Silvia.
In Europe, both the hatch and the coupe are the 200SX.
There were a few engine options for Europe and Japan including the CA18 DET 1.8L turbo, for the 180SX, and the SR20DE 2.0L, and the SR20DET 2.0L (turbo) for the 200SX.
1989 Nissan 240SX
On to the S14 which was released in 1995...
In Japan, it is called the Silvia powered by the SR20DET.
In almost every other part of the world, it’s called the 200SX. The engine options for the S14 were the 2.0L SR20DE again, the 2.0L SR20DET (turbo)
BUT, the US wanted to be different so it’s the 240SX, again, powered by the 2.4L KA24DE.
Americans needed the extra liters to move around I guess...
The S15 chassis, which was never released to the US market and is still illegal to import (until 2024), was named the Silvia in Japan and the 200SX in Australia and New Zealand.
The S15 was offered with the 2.0L SR20DE and the 2.0L SR20DET.
Alright. You did it. Now, repeat everything back starting with the S13.
The 240X is credited with laying the groundwork for what we know as the modern drifting world today.
But the funny thing, the 240SX was primarily marketed towards single women with an education, not motorsports.
It also featured a DOHC compared to the KA24E which was a single overhead cam engine.
The “E” denotes electronic fuel injection/single-cam whereas the “DE” denotes dual overhead cam. See what Nissan did there? That’s smart.
If you didn’t catch this either, “KA” describes the engine style, and “24” is the engine displacement, 2.4L.
So, why is the 240SX a great drift car in the first place?
Well, it’s lightweight and has a well-balanced chassis, 55/45 actually, which made throwing the car around the curves pretty effortless.
Not only this, but the 240SX has enough room in the engine bay to fit, well, almost anything.
It’s not uncommon to see these things swapped with a 1JZ, 2JZ, LS1, LSX, and even a Wankel rotary engine from the FDs.
Another common swap is the SR20 DET engine. This little turbo JDM engine fits oh so perfectly into the USDM 240SX.
It wouldn’t be right to not mention the most important feature of the S13 240SX, the pop-up headlights. Yes, this arguably the single most loved feature of the 240SX (or any car...).
S13 240SX Drifting Wheel Fitment
So, you drift your 240SX. That's sick. I mean, even though the 240sx wasn't quite marketed for drifting, I can’t think of a good reason why someone wouldn’t want to drift a 240sx.
Both square and staggered setups are equally popular for drifting with the 240sx. With the 240SX being RWD, you’re obviously going to have your power in your back wheels/tires, so running a staggered setup is going to give you a little more grip.
So, if you wanted to go staggered, running a 17x8 in the front with a 17x9 in the back seems to be where it's at. As far as tire sizes go, don’t go crazy big here.
Yes, you’ll want a little wider tire, but you don’t want to make it more difficult for yourself to get the tires spinning. Running a 215/45 in the front and a 225/45 in the back is a solid setup.
You could definitely go a little bigger all around if you’re making more power.
Some people will stick with a 215/45s as opposed to 40s since it fills the wheel well better, but a 215/40 works well too.
In fact, lower-profile tires are generally better for drifting since they’re easier to spin and are more stiff providing better steering feedback/response to you, the driver.
But, this will matter most from an aesthetics standpoint.
Photo from Adam LZ
There are plenty of people who will run 18s as well especially if they’re putting down some good power. The rear wheel wells on the 240sx tend to actually be slightly bigger than the front so you could even run a 17x8 in the front with an 18x9 in the back.
Photo from Enkei
If you want to run staggered with 18s all around, go for an 18x8 or 18x8.5 in the front with 18x9.5 in the back.
You could run 225/40 and 235/40, respectively, for tires as well.
More power = bigger setup = more grip.
Photo from Enkei
On the other hand, square setups are easy and work very well for drifting too. As far as the most common wheel size, 17x8 +22mm is perfect, but going a little wider if you have more power (or for the look of it) with a 17x9 +15mm or +22mm.
A 17x9 +15mm fits damn well on the 240sx, so you can't go wrong.
You’ll want to run skinny tires again for the same reason as before.
A 215/45 is ideal so you can easily throw your 240sx around the corners. A bigger tire can provide a little more control as well as a lower profile like a 40.
Photo from Enkei
S13 240SX Instagram Clout (Build) Wheel Fitment
Aside from drifting, the 240sx is a popular build among the show/stance community.
Most stance 240SX builds are running an 18-inch wheel and are equally running either a square or staggered setup.
Unlike staggered setups for drifting, stance builds are almost purely aesthetics, not function. Yes, you’ll run a wider wheel and tire possibly, but the extra grip won’t really matter for a show car.
So, if you want to run staggered for the looks, a common 18-inch wheel setup is 18x9.5 in the front with a 215/35 or 225/35 tire, and a 18x10.5 with a 245/35 or 265/35 tire in the back.
For an even more aggressive setup with some pretty stretched tires, look at going with a 18x10.5 with a 225/50 in the front with an 18x11 with a 235/50 in the back.
This setup WILL require some extended lower control arms (which is pretty common for the 240sx as it is) along with some other modified suspension parts.
Even with these modifications, you'll still experience some rubbing if you're slammed on the ground. But...send it if you're into the extreme stance look.
Since most 240sx stance builds are either cut stock springs (don’t recommend) or extremely lowered coilovers, you’ll most likely look at a tucked or hella flush fitment style. For a hella flush fitment, you’re obviously going to adjust the camber to get that tilty boi effect.
This will also require some other modifications to the suspension and/or rolling of your fenders/widebody/overfenders so you can properly fit a thicc setup.
Square setups are going to look like an 18x9 to a 18x10.5 wheel all around with a low offset and smaller tires to stretch; something like a 225/35 or 225/40.
S13 240SX Night Cruiser Wheel Fitment
Even if you drift your 240SX, these are fun cruiser cars, hence the title, “night cruiser”. So, I wanted to include a standard wheel and tire setup for 240SXs that are daily driven or are just fun night cruisers. Full respect for both of those.
This fitment style will definitely depend on how you want your 240sx to look while also having some real functionality. Both 17” and 18” wheels are common for a cruiser 240sx.
If you want to go with a safe option, running a 17x9 with a +15mm or +22mm offset will require no rolled fenders and/or trimming. Most people are running a 245/40 or a 235/45 tire.
If you want a bigger wheel because you prefer the look of that better, most enthusiasts are running a 18x8.5 or an 18x9 with a 225/40 tire.
Now, if you want to run a staggered setup on your daily 240SX, send it. A lot of people run 18x8.5 with a 245/35 in the front and 18x9.5 with a 255/45 in the back.
The 240SX is such a badass car/platform that most enthusiasts dream of owning one day, despite all the confusion between the generations and names.
It's a well-structured and good-looking car with TONS of engine swap options and aftermarket mods out there.
I hope this fitment guide helped you figure out what type of fitment setup you want depending on the purpose of your 240SX.
If you own an S13 240SX, what specs are you running? Let us know in the comments below.
Don’t forget to add your S13 240SX to the gallery with some sick drifting photos! I'll be looking for them.
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