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Wheel Offset

Everyone has seen the type of car with the wheels sticking out a little further than flush with the side. While we know this makes the car look good and fast, a lot of us are not sure exactly what that is. Well, it's called wheel offset, and it's rather hard to sum up in a few words. Basically, wheels travel upwards as suspensions compress, so in theory, your wheels can set out as far as a fender will allow. Some car owners extend their wheels until the rims are flush with the fender, and some even extend their fenders to get more "offset."

The wider your tires set out, the more balanced the center mass becomes. This allows for great handling capabilities and, perhaps most important of all to the car enthusiast, it looks great. Simply put, the wheel offset is the distance between the hub's mounting surface and center plane. If a car has positive offset, the hub's surface is closer to the wheel's outboard side. With negative offset, the hub's surface is closer to the inboard side.

An example of a positive offset car would be a front-wheel-drive Toyota or a Nissan sedan. The positive offset of a FWD vehicle has to do with geometry. Basically, it's easier to steer and control the vehicles at high speeds with positive offset. The only reason a FWD vehicle has the same offset in the rear is due to the factory's insistence on consistency. No one wants to put out a car with different offsets, thus creating different looks.

Can you change the offset of your car if you want to create negative or positive offset? Yes, you can change it yourself. In fact, it's a relatively simple modification. You will just buy spacers if what you want is more of a negative offset. We see these offset wheels a lot in racing vehicles, trucks, etc.

No matter what type of rims you need, WheelRims.net can help you find exactly what you're looking for. By stopping in and using our easy browse and search features, you can find OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) rims, aftermarket rims, and a wide list of other options, including chrome, silver, gold, steel, or even wheel covers.

Every item we sell is guaranteed to be at the lowest possible price, and we stand behind our products with a lifetime replacement warranty. When you need some replacement rims, don't negatively offset your wallet. Stop in at WheelsRims.net.

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