Wheels can make a big statement, but only if you pick the right ones. And it’s all about the vitals: diameter, width, lug pattern, and more. So, here’s Logan McCombs with a “Your Drive” wheel workshop.

LOGAN MCCOMBS: Wheels are one of my favorite things when it comes to modifying a car simply because they can change the look of a car so much. But how do you know which wheels are right for your car?

One of the first things you need to understand when picking new wheels is your lug pattern. This wheels lug pattern of 5×100 and you may be asking what is that?

Allow me to explain: The lug nut pattern is a two number system. This is the measurement of an imaginary circle formed around the lugnut holes at the center of your wheel. The first number indicates how many bolt or lugnut holes the wheel has. The second number is the diameter of an imaginary circle around the lugnut holes. If you’re not sure about your lugnuts or what bolt pattern is check your owner’s manual. 

Next you’ll need to understand how to figure out the size of your wheel. For example, this wheel here is 18×9 with a +22 offset, but what does all that mean?

The first number you will always hear when referring to wheel size will always tell you the diameter of the wheel. The first number for this wheel is 18, meaning the diameter of the wheel is 18 inches all the way around.

The second number will tell you the width of the wheel or how wide it is. This wheel is 9 inches wide, which is measured from lip to lip. These numbers are important because they are the two numbers that will help determine what size tire you will need to purchase for your new wheel. The last number is known as your offset, but what is offset?

The offset of a wheel is the distance from the hub mounting surface of the center line of the wheel. The wheel offset is measured in millimeters. This results in a positive, negative, or zero offset. A positive offset is when the hub mounting surface is towards the front of the wheel. And a negative offset is when the hub mounting surface is towards the rear of the wheel. A wheel with a zero offset will place the mounting surface of the wheel in the middle of the wheel. The offset will determine how far a wheel may stick out on a car, so picking the correct offset is important for good fitment.

Now that you have a better understanding of what those numbers mean, you’re ready to pick the right wheels for your car to get that perfect fitment! If you have any questions or comments reach out to us right here at Motorweek!