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Selecting The Right Wheels

Understanding Offset and Backset

1. Offset
Offset refers to the distance between the centerline of the wheel and the mounting surface where the wheel attaches to the hub. It determines how the wheel and tire assembly sit in relation to the vehicle's suspension and body.

  • Positive Offset: When the mounting surface is towards the front face of the wheel (wheel's outer side) or towards the vehicle, it is called positive offset. This makes the wheel sit closer to the vehicle's suspension. Most modern cars have positive offset wheels.

  • Negative Offset: When the mounting surface is towards the rear face of the wheel (wheel's inner side) or away from the vehicle, it is called negative offset. This makes the wheel sit farther out from the vehicle's suspension. Some custom wheels or off-road vehicles may have negative offset wheels.

2. Backspacing
Backspacing is the measurement from the mounting surface to the inside edge of the wheel. It determines the clearance between the wheel and suspension components, as well as the position of the tire in the wheel well.

  • Backspacing Calculation: To calculate backspacing, measure the distance between the mounting surface and the back edge of the wheel (the side facing the suspension). It's important to note that backspacing is measured in inches.

3. Relationship between Offset and Backspacing
Offset and backspacing are related to each other. You can calculate backspacing using the offset and width of the wheel:

  • Backspacing = (Wheel width / 2) + (Offset / 25.4)

    Keep in mind that wheel width is typically measured from bead seat to bead seat.

4. Effect on Vehicle Handling and Appearance
Understanding offset and backspacing is crucial when selecting aftermarket wheels or considering wheel spacers. Here's a general idea of how these factors can affect your vehicle:

  • Positive Offset: Provides better stability and handling for most vehicles. It pushes the wheel inward and keeps it within the wheel well. Too much positive offset may cause clearance issues with suspension
  • Negative Offset: Widens the vehicle's track width, which can improve stability, particularly in off-road vehicles. However, it may require fender modifications to prevent tire rubbing against the vehicle body.
What is Fitment?

Please input your vehicle Year, Make and Model in the product page to verify the Wheel you purchase Fits your vehicle.

Fitment is the confirmation of a series of specifications that confirm a wheel will fit a given vehicle. Fitment specifications include, but are not limited to:

  • Frontspace
  • Backspace
  • Wheel Diameter
  • Wheel Width
  • Lug Pattern (or Pitch Circle Diameter)
  • Hub Bore Diameter / Center Bore
  • Load Rating (or Rated Weight Capacity)
  • Brake Clearance 

Those wheel fitment specifications must either meet or exceed the specifications for the vehicle in question, depending on the particular description of the value in question. 

We maintain a huge database of accurate fitment information to ensure your item fits your vehicle. When in doubt, please open a support ticket and we will get back to you right away!

Where can I see wheels on my car prior to purchase? Is there a product visualizer available?
  1. Select your Vehicle Year, Make, Model and Submodel in the Wheel Collection page to load all wheels that fits your vehicle.
  2. Click on the "View on Vehicle" button on any Wheel you wish to view
Do I need valve stems for my new wheels?

Thank you for choosing AutoParts Palace products for your next adventure. 

One of the key additional pieces of equipment that you'll need for your new set of wheels is valve stems. 

 Valve stems are the small, inexpensive, but very important mechanism for maintaining optimum air pressure in your tires through the pre-made valve stem holes in your new wheels. 

 Many valve stems are single-use, snap in, and rubber coated. However, screw-in valve stems that are constructed entirely of metal are also available. 

 

A parts list for valve stems and related accessories can be found here

 

We recommend new valve stems be installed upon each mounting of tires to our products - after all, this piece of equipment is both an inexpensive and extremely important part of keeping your tires properly inflated and your vehicle on the road. 

Purchasing

Do I need an Installation Kit

In many cases, a wheel installation kit is required to properly install your new wheels. Your original lug nuts or bolts may not be the same size or length needed for the new wheels, and centering rings are highly recommended for a proper installation.

Are your prices in US dollars?

All of our prices are listed in Canadian Dollars.

Do you Charge any Duties?

No duties or hidden fees are charged to orders shipped in United States. Orders shipping from United States to Canada are subject to duties and brokerage fees.

Do you sell used Wheels?

No, we do not. All of our wheels are new.

Post-purchase

I found a lower price after placing my order. Will you price match my order?

If you found a lower price elsewhere, we can definitely try to match the price BEFORE your order has been placed. Once an order is placed, no price match requests will be accepted.

Frequently asked question

Use this text to provide answers for your most commonly asked questions.

What is a test fit and why do I have to do it?

A "test fit" is putting your wheels on the hub of your car to verify proper bolt pattern/hub compatibility and suspension/caliper clearance before a tire is installed. We require all wheels to be test fitted prior to tire installation for a few reasons. In the rare case that your order was picked incorrectly, or boxed incorrectly at the factory, test fitting will mitigate any issues with returns. In the rare case that vehicle year, make, model or submodel was given incorrectly, test fitting would help identify any issues with fitment.

I need 1 replacement wheel or replacement center cap, can you help?

We definitely can! If you have purchased the wheels from us, you can simply provide us with your order number and we will be able to find the correct suited part number for your replacement wheel or center cap. If you purchased the wheels elsewhere, or they came with your car, we may still be able to assist you, but cannot provide a guarantee that the replacements will perfectly match your existing wheels without having a specific SKU or part number. All single replacement items are final sale.

Why did I not receive hub centering rings with my order?

There could be 3 reasons why no centering rings were included with your order. The most common reason would be that your wheel is made hub-centric to your vehicle and does not require centering rings. Another reason why no rings are included in an order is due to the type of wheel ordered. Steel wheels, or wheels with push-through style derby caps do not take centering rings. Lastly, trucks with 8 bolt lug patterns generally do not use centering rings, so they are not included with our installation kits.

Do you have a Wheel Buy Back Program?

No, we do not buy back wheels or have a buy back program.

Inventory

The Wheels/Tires I want are Out of Stock. When will they be available for purchase?

Well, that can be tricky to predict. Lead times will vary depending on brand and season, but you can generally expect lead times of 2 to 4 months. We do suggest signing up to our "out of stock" notification tool, you'll receive an email the very same day the product becomes available for purchase!

I am looking for a specific brand I don't see listed on your site. Are you able to get it?

Absolutely! We have access to most major brands. In certain cases, if the product is new, we may not yet list it on our site, but can most definitely source it for you. Feel free to contact us with and we will do our best to help.

Shipping

Is your shipping free?

We are proud to offer free shipping on all orders of $99.99 or over. Certain exceptions may apply for oversized items and rural or remote areas outside of regular shipping zones. If you do not wish to pay any additional shipping fees, we can always ship your order to the nearest city for pickup!

Company

Do you have a shop or showroom we can buy from?

Since we're primarily an online business, we do not have a showroom to view our wheels in person. Visits to our local office are by appointments only.

Do you offer sponsorships or affiliate programs

Not currently, but if you have a large following on social media or frequently post on a car-related forum, feel free to reach out to us. We're always open to new ideas.