How to check which rims fit my car?

2 weeks ago by Maverik

Unless you are a true car enthusiast, finding the right wheels for your car can be a daunting process. The easy solution to this is to go to a tire dealer and let them take care of the rest.

But what if you want to install custom car rims or larger wheels? In this case, you will have to figure out the size yourself. This may sound intimidating to you, but it is quite easy if you know the right approach.

In this post, we will tell you how to check the rim size of your car. This will help you find the right rims every time you want to change them. So without wasting time, let’s get into the details.

Tips to Know What Rim Will Fit Your Car

Many car owners want to install different and larger wheels to make their vehicles look attractive. If you are one of them, you need to first find the rim size of your vehicle. There are different factors you need to look into when selecting wheels for your car. Here is a brief rundown:

1. Check the bolt patterns

The first thing to consider is the bolt’s pattern. As you may already know there are different bolt patterns available out there. If you are planning to replace your rims, you need to first check the bolt pattern you have.

Most European cars come with a 4x100 bolt pattern. This means the lug holes are placed 100mm away from each other. When looking for new rims you need to make sure that it matches the exact bolt pattern of your car.

2. Get your wheel’s offset

You can also figure out the rim size of your car by looking at the original wheel offset. This is the space where the wheel is installed to your vehicle’s hub. Many car owners want their wheels to stick outside their car’s body. In this case, the wheel offset is negative.

Wheels are usually installed with a negative offset in the rear. When it has a positive offset, the wheels sit closer to the vehicle’s body. A negative offset is good to look at, but it is not good for your car. It can also damage your wheels prematurely. On the other hand, if you have a positive offset, your wheels could interfere with the suspension system or brakes. This is why you should look for rims that are neutral and will sit in the middle. If you are not sure what to do, it is better to ask a tire specialist. They can help you find the right rims for your vehicle.

3. Check the dimensions of the wheels

By checking the wheel’s dimensions, you can figure out what rim size you need for your vehicle. This is similar to check the bolt patterns. In case, you didn’t know the wheel dimensions of every car is different. To measure the dimensions of your wheels, you need to measure the diameter. This should be somewhere between 15 to 17 inches. The width of a wheel could be 8 inches or less. The best thing to do is to get a rim size as same as the dimensions of your wheels. But for those who want bigger or custom rims, they will have to get smaller tires. Similarly, if you want smaller rims, then you will have to get wider tires.

Choosing the right rim size for your car is important. Make sure you keep all these pointers in mind when selecting a rim size. If you are still confused with the sizing, you should take the help of a tire specialist.

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