What Wheels From Other Vehicles Will Fit Your Car?

What Wheels From Other Vehicles Will Fit Your Car?

New wheels, or rims, can bring a dramatic makeover to your ride. However, doing so should be approached with caution, as the fit and quality of the wheels directly impact the handling and performance (and therefore the safety) of the vehicle.

The following discusses all the factors you need to consider when using wheels from another car.

Factory Wheels: It’s all about the fit

·      From bolt patterns to the wheel offset

·      Determining what wheels fit my car 

From bolt patterns to the wheel offset

Any replacement wheels on a car must be of the correct size and pattern. Rims must be compatible with the vehicle for handling and safety reasons. While this does, technically, mean you could take a wheel from another car and use it on yours, as long as various aspects are the same, there are multiple aspects to consider.

One of these is the bolt pattern. To determine this, look at the number of bolts that hold the wheel to the car and the gaps between them. For instance, BMWs typically have a five x 120mm pattern. This means there are five holes through which the bolts are inserted, with gaps of 120mm to the opposite restricting hole.

Some wheels have an even number of bolt holes: others have an odd number. To determine the size of the former, measure center to center between opposing holes. For the latter, measure from the center of one to the farthest edge of either one of the two holes opposite. You need to get the measurements right, as the bolt pattern must be a perfect fit. Failure to do so will make the replacement rims appear out of place. But, far more crucially, can affect the handling of the car.

However, this is not the end of the story. You‘ll also need to determine the wheel offset. This is the distance between the hub mounting surface and the centerline of the rim. There are three different formats, known as: 

  • Positive offset: Where the hub mounting surface faces the front of the wheel (generally found on the newest cars)

  • Negative offset: The surface faces the rear (or brake) end of the wheel

  • Zero offset: The hub mounting surface remains on the same level as the centerline

Determining what wheels fit my car

The size of the wheel and the tire must also be taken into account. As a general rule, the smaller the wheel and thicker the tire, the smoother the ride. In most cases, it’s possible to go up or down one inch in size. If you change the size of the rim, you may also need to adjust the size of the tire.  The wheel must be compatible with the size of the tire you intend to use.

While it is, potentially, possible to use wheels from other vehicles on a different car, it’s generally something that should be left to the experts. Far better to choose a replacement wheel that’s guaranteed to fit your vehicle. That way performance and safety are guaranteed, with none of the worries that your calculations aren’t 100% correct.

OEM Wheels Direct: The ultimate source for replacement wheels

When changing the wheels on your car the first and foremost aspect should be that of safety. Getting the size, bolt pattern, or wheel offset even slightly off-key can lead to potentially dangerous driving conditions. 

Rather than leaving this to chance, the preferred option is to purchase top quality OEM wheels from a reliable source. There’s nowhere better to do this than the choice of garages, car technicians, and car shops across the US—that of OEM Wheels Direct.

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Changing your tire size can be confusing at the best of times, especially if you’re on the lookout for a new car or looking to change your tire size on your existing vehicle.