Don’t Buy Wheels Before Watching This!

Don’t Buy Wheels Before Watching This!

If you’re watching this
video, then you were probably like me when I was 16 years old, you’ve been looking to try and figure out what your first set of wheels
should be for your car. Now, you’ve probably
visited Facebook pages, and different websites, and forums that are about 10 years
old, and you’re probably left with more questions than answers when you, well, did your research. A lot of times, people
just don’t understand the concept of diameters,
widths, offsets, colors and all that sort of stuff,
and when it comes down to buying your first set
of wheels, a lot of that can be very confusing,
even when you go down to bolt pattern. Now, this video’s not gonna
be for a lot of those experts out there, that are
building three-piece wheels, and things like that. This is gonna be for your
novice people out there that are looking to buy
your first set of wheels. So, I’m Alex from Fitment Industries, and we’re gonna give you
some tips on things that you should know before you pick
up your first set of wheels. So, the first thing that
you’re gonna want to take into consideration when you’re getting aftermarket wheels, is what sort of tires you’re gonna run. Now, we’re not gonna
get into the specifics of what kind of tires you should run, but the most important thing
that you’re gonna wanna remember is that if you’re
getting aftermarket wheels, you should probably
get after market tires. We get a lot of emails of people that are wanting to buy a set of wheels, but they want to use their OEM tires that came with, well, their OEM wheels. So, they end up running a 215-55-17, and they wonder why their
wheels don’t look as sporty on their, you know, after market wheels when they get them mounted,
balanced, and installed. A lot of times, when you’re
looking at after market wheels, you wanna go with some
sportier style tires. Our usual recommendation
is to stay right around a 40 aspect ratio. Now, if you’re not familiar with how tires and the whole metric
system works for them, you can pretty much assume it like this: The three numbers represent
three different aspects of the tire. The first number is the
width, or traction path, in millimeters of the tire,
and that’s what’s really gonna kinda touch the ground. The second number is your aspect ratio. So, that is the distance
in sidewall length, and it’s a average ratio
of your overall width for the traction path of the tires. So, if you have a
225/40, 40 percent of 225 is gonna be your sidewall height. And then, obviously that last
number is your wheel diameter. So, if you have a 225/50/17,
that’s gonna be for a 17 inch diameter wheel. With sportier tires, and things like that, A lot of times you’re gonna get that look that you’re wanting for
your first set of wheels, not only by just getting
after market wheels, but by getting pretty
decent low-pro tires. Usually, a 40 aspect ratio
will get the job done, and of course, we recommend
that if you’re looking to get aftermarket tires,
that you try to stick around something that has a
little bit better of a name than just your basic, entry
level, cheapest possible tires you can buy. Tires are what connect you to the road, so if you’re going cheap on the tires, and you spend a lot of money on wheels, you’re kind of missing the entire point of switching the whole thing out. Our recommendation is to keep
both of those prices in mind, and making sure that
the look that you want is the look you’re gonna get. If you’re looking to
see what sort of tires fit on what size wheels,
we have a gallery for that. You can check it out at, and enter in what tire
specs and aspect ratio you’re looking to go with, and what other people are running. The second thing that
you’re gonna wanna know when you’re buying wheels
and tires for the first time, is that offset is important,
but fitment is (claps hand) important-er. The biggest thing that
we see a lot of times, and we get emails from
people that are buying their first set of wheels, is they’ve seen StanceNation’s Instagram,
and they’re like, “Wow, “this guy’s running 19 by 10
negative 12 offset wheels, “and I wanna run that same
exact setup, how do I do that?” And their budget is like
600 dollars, and they have no concept on doing fender modifications, and they want it all to
fit under the stock body, and it’s not a fun conversation. When you’re buying your
first wheels and tires, our recommendation is to
try and just keep things relatively pretty fundamental. You’re gonna wanna make
sure that you understand the basics of wheels and tires. Fitment is gonna be a lot more important by just getting the right
size and width and offset down and not really having to
deal with a lot of the, well, intricacies of going
with multi-piece wheels, or going with over-fenders,
or a wide body kit and then fitting after
market wheels on that. Once you start diving into
the more difficult things about aftermarket wheels and tires, you have to take a lot of
things into consideration, like stretching your
tires, offset spacers, whether you’re doing full muti-piece, or mono-block forged, what sort of wheels and companies offer those wheels,
and everything in between. In general, our
recommendation is to, well, use something that has guaranteed fitment. You’re gonna be better
off using an 18 by– Why are you talking so loud? I heard you from here. You’re so full of (bleep). I can see the poop coming
out of your mouth. (bleep) Our recommendation is to
start with wheels and tires that have just a good
guaranteed recommended fitment, because at the end of the
day, no, you’re not gonna be able to run 19 by 11
0 offset, and you know, be one of the cool guys on Instagram, but you will have a
clean set-up that works and functions, and you won’t have to worry about major modifications
like metal trimming, and fender liner clearances,
and rolling, and rubbing, and everything in between,
and you’ll actually be able to make it more than 50 miles without something debeading. You might be wondering
where the sales plug is, well, if you’re looking
to see what guarantees to fit your car, you’re
talking to the right people., (bell dings) we have all of that information. That’s the last time I’m gonna say that, but you should figure out by now, that we’re kinda trying to help you if you’re looking to get your
first set of wheels and tires. (blows raspberry) The third thing that
you’re gonna wanna take into consideration, is brand preference. Now, if you go out there right now, there’s a ton of brand
preference on wheels, especially when you get into
the moderate to experienced wheel community, there’s a lot of people that follow wheel companies
like it’s a sport. And they wanna make sure
that everybody knows about how great these wheel companies are. When you’re buying your
first set of wheels, you’re not gonna be super
experienced, and understanding the history of a lot of
these wheel companies, and for that very reason,
a lot of times new people can pick up wheels that may
not be the best, strongest, or, you know, the best
applicable option for their car. The basic thing that you’re
gonna wanna understand, is that while you’re gonna
wanna focus on brand preference, it really comes down to what you want. There are a lot of options out there, whether you’re looking at something that’s more aesthetically pleasing versus something that’s lightweight, or if you’re looking for
something that’s gonna have a lot of different color options, versus maybe just your
standard black wheel. The biggest thing that you’re gonna wanna take into consideration
with just doing wheels, is also your tires. Now, we touched on that before, and I wanna touch on that again. But make sure that when
you’re buying these wheels, if you’re buying them for 1,000 dollars, that you’re also including the fact that you’re gonna have
to put some tires on them bad boys too, and you’re
gonna wanna make sure that they’re not, you know, no-name tires. Same thing with your wheels. Now, if you’re looking to
try and stay on a budget, that does not mean that you
have to get crummy wheels. There’s a lot of wheel brands out there that have a ton of different options for almost every single popular vehicle that most newbies are looking to buy. I mean, Subarus, Mitsubishis,
Hondas, everything like that. There’s gonna be a lot of
wheel companies out there that supply to that specific market. If you’re looking to keep something under a thousand dollars, we have a video that talks about that,
but at the same time, just off the top of our head,
Konig are gonna be a great option, whether you’re looking
at some flowform option. Rotiform has some great wheels that have a bunch of different styling. You also have Cosmis
Racing, which is a great sport compact wheel. ESR’s rotary-forged line is doing great, and there’s a bunch of
other ones, like 3SDM if you’re looking for more
of a Euro-styling wheel. It’s gonna get you what you want, without necessarily breaking the bank. The same can be said for tires. The fourth thing that
you’re gonna wanna remember or just learn about, is
understanding the basics of what a wheel is, and the specifications that make it fit on your car. There’s a whole bunch of different things that are gonna help you figure that out. Now, if you’re looking
at just the diameter, that should be pretty
simple, that’s the diameter of your wheel. If you’re looking at
what a center line is, that would be if your
wheel was essentially cut right down the middle. Your offset is gonna be the distance between your center line,
and your mounting hubsurface of, well, where your wheel’s
actually going to mount up. Now, if you have a positive offset wheel, what’s gonna happen is, is
that the mounting surface is gonna pushed towards the
front of the overall wheel. What that means is the rest of the wheel is going to push into the fender. A lot of times you’ll
see high offset wheels on things like Corvets,
and, well, Lamborghini. Now, if you’re looking for something that has a low offset, or zero offset, you’re gonna see that the mounting surface is gonna be pushed farther
to the inside of the wheel. What happens is, is the rest of the wheel, naturally, is gonna be more concave, and it’s gonna push the
rest of the wheel out towards the fender. Because of just the
current trends right now, lower offset wheels have
gotten extremely popular and you’re gonna see a lot
of people wanting to run wider wheels, with, well, as
low of an offset as possible. But just remember that offset
is kind of a funky number. When you go down closer to zero, that’s gonna push the wheel farther out. Of course, when you’re
looking at different offsets, there are wheels that will
sometimes have break clearance issues with, you know, aftermarket wheels, or big break kits that are on
a lot of different vehicles. And when you’re looking to get something maybe a little bit more
moderate to aggressive, that’s completely fine. There are fitment ranges for pretty much every single vehicle,
most are around 35 to 50. So, if you’re looking to kinda push it as close as you can to
make a concave wheel for your first set of wheels,
stick to that 35 millimeter offset, and you should be ready to roll. But if you start going
down further than that, and risking it for the
biscuit, and you wanna try and get more aggressive,
just know that you might run into problems. And if you’re buying
your first set of wheels, our recommendation is to
reference tip number two again, and just play it safe,
and make sure you’re going with something that’s guaranteed to fit. And the fifth, and most important thing that you’re gonna wanna
remember when you’re buying your first set of wheels is probably the simplest one of all: just don’t guess. I get it, I remember being
16, and you wanna go, and you wanna pick up some wheels, so you go onto the internet,
you do all your research you try and figure out what fits, you see somebody that you
have no idea who it is, put down their specs, and
they kinda sorta guess what offset is, even though
offset and backspacing aren’t the same thing. And so you go out there,
and you find the wheels, in that exact spec, so
then you get them ordered, but then you realize that you
didn’t get tires for them, so then you start to put the
tires from your OEM wheels onto your aftermarket wheels, so then you get them mounted,
then you gotta get them balanced, then you figure
out, “Oh gosh, I forgot to get “conical seats, because these new wheels don’t fit my actual, you know, OEM wheels, they’re not the same thing,
so then you gotta go get different wheel lugs, or
different wheel bolts, and then you’re figuring it
out at Advance Auto Parts and you can’t just decide what’s going on, so you go back to the shop
to get everything installed, and you forgot that you had to get TPMS, because, well your car’s newer than 2008, so then you forget to get TPMS,
so then you have to get TPMS installed before you get the tires put on, so then you get the tires put on, and then you go to put them on your car, and then you go over to
actually look at your car, and you’re super excited,
because you spent all this time, you spent weeks, and weeks, and weeks getting this all stuff figured
out, and they don’t fit because they hit the strut. That’s what happens when you guess. And that happens to a lot of people. We see it in a lot of
emails, I see it on forums all the time. I remember even guessing when I bought my first set of wheels, and it sucked. Especially when you got it wrong. Just don’t guess. There are people out there like
us, that this is what we do. And we wanna make sure that you guys buy the right set of wheels the first time, because it doesn’t make
anybody’s life easier when you have to get stuff returned, or when you just make the wrong purchase. Our recommendation is
that if you’re looking to pick up a set of wheels,
and this is your first time, just shoot us an email,
shoot us a message, or just talk to us over at
wheels and Otherwise, just use our website. You enter your year, make, and model and it’s gonna tell you
exactly what fits your car. Is that a little bit of a
sales plug? Absolutely, guys. I won’t even lie about it,
but the fact of the matter is we see so many people
that mess up buying their first set of wheels,
that we had to make a video like this to hope
that you guys can understand that there’s a lot more that goes into it than just picking up a set of wheels. Especially if you wanna get
it right the first time. So, we hope you guys
enjoyed, this is, again, for our guys that are buying
their first set of wheels. This isn’t for the experts out there. We just wanted to give you
guys some tips and tricks for buying your first set of wheels. So, we hope you guys enjoyed,
don’t forget to subscribe and of course, I’m Alex
from Fitment Industries, and we’ll see you later. Peace.

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  1. Also should mention that while good fitment is great for the aesthetic, it's absolutely crucial for performance. If you take a sports car for example; the manufacturer normally designs every aspect around performance, wheelbase, size, design, orientation of the engine, and even wheel size and offset! If you go get some wheel that just fits and you like the looks, you might be ruining the handling of your vehicle! So if you value keeping your car on the track but want your wheels to look good, talk to the professionals about fitment! You might even be able to improve handling!

  2. I dont know if these are good tires but I OEM rims but after market tires. Their called Fuzion touring tires, I dont know if they're good or not though or if I buy wheels for the first time they'll look good on the wheels, the compound I round out are pretty good. Soft but not to soft, they get great grip. I put the wheels on my avenger and they ran really well at higher speeds.

  3. I want chrome rims for my grey 2014 Chevy Malibu, idek the sizes or anything car I’d recommends and guarantee a 18” rim

  4. i grew up in stock car racing, and that includes 4 banger fwd cars, so i'm buying aero steel circle track wheels because they're cheap, i like the look, they're wide but will fit on a stock body, and most importantly, I HAVE SEEN THEM RUN FOR F###ING EVER I KNOW THEY'RE GOOD

  5. How do I determine how much weight the wheels hold? I have a crown vic and it's still the family car so I need wheels that can hold at least another 300-600lbs with people in the back.

  6. Those low riding cars would be trashed if they were driving on the roads of Oahu. It's like going off road or small time rock crawling with all the pot holes Hawai'i have.

  7. i have a 2018 elantra sport, heelllpp me find good rims and tires pleeeasssee even just pictures with a link maybe????

  8. I know this may be a silly question but if I change my size of tires from a 15 to possibly a 16 or 17, would it affect anything in the car?

  9. @Fitment Industries you guys should consider selling breaks that would be dope i love your web site its simple and easy

  10. Ya’ll act like you can help everyone… update your website to some Australian car spectrums. I have a 2011 VE Holden Commodore

  11. I like there site, but not alot of help on the actual tires. The wheels sure, but when you go to pick tires they dont give good descriptions of them, nor offer All Season tires of any kind that I can find other then offering me offroad truck tires for my Mustang lol

  12. Currently I'm on my stock wheels 16in, if I convert to 17in or 18in, that's gonna make my car higher right?

  13. i guessed on my jnc 014s 17×8.25 32 offset on my 06 impreza sedan fit is almost perfectly flush with fendersin rear and flush in front

  14. I'm 17 buying my first wheels, and at first I thought it was whatever but now looking into it for a week my brain is dead lmao

  15. So I can't put after market rims on my stock tires? They'll look bad? Confused. Don't people do this?

  16. Haha I'm so happy I work at a tire shop. That shit cost some coin tho. And you meet be able to re use your old tpms senses.

  17. I’ve been emailing you guys and getting a little direction, but honestly, I think at some time
    In the future, you guys should do an exhaustive series about definitions and meanings and words and diction. Love you Alex!

  18. Dumba$$ :watches 10 min video and learns everything there is to know about the specs

    Still guess and buys the wrong size 😂

  19. When I’m at meets with my boys I always hear “are they stretched” or just the word “stretched?” What does that mean?

  20. 6:14 Okay imma stop you right there, it is pronounced "kuu-nish" or "kuunick" depending on whether you're in north germany or south germany

  21. Lol Im working my ass off to get my first car (lookin at a used 2010 mazda 3 with good mileage and features) and then when I look to make it something special and prices are way higher than I thought…and now I may need to buy new tires along with my $400-600 investment (if I go for the cheapest options I have seen) if I even save up enough in a good amount of time after getting the car because college is right on my ass next year. You guys don't happen to have some used (but working) 16' wheels and tires in black or black/red for cheap do you?…please?

  22. I bought used tires. is that ok? I got a good deal, they were only $50 each for 19's Michelin pilot sports … the guy at the shop said they had 40% tread left and they have never been patched.

  23. 7:07 "on Corvettes" the truth hurts. My Vette has fender tuck for days. Can't wait to get a set of wheels to get a nice flush look, nothing too extreme. I just want a clean modern look.

  24. What are some quality tire recommendations?? I have a 2017 civic Si looking to get 19×8.5 +35 wheels… thanks!!!

  25. How about a stock car, but with a flush or flat face of the wheel on a regular or mildly wider tire and nothing crazy.

    Think street driving and comfy on a 300000 lifetime trip.

    None of that deep dishing or sticking out like a sore thumb.

    Just fun metal, no bling, extremely lightweight, and looks good when at a car show

  26. “Me when I was 16 years old” dang you got me perfectly, I just got my car and wanted to buy some rims to look cool

  27. Hi Fitment Industries. Love all of your videos! Very helpful and relaxing to unwind to. I had look at your website to look at wheels for my car but my model is not listed. I have a 2000 Nissan Primera P11 and i'm looking at buying my first set of wheels. Cheers

  28. Hey I wanted to know if I wanted to get new wheels but keep my tire rubber and tire size , do I still have to change suspensions or anything else

  29. Ok i get it its been about 15 yrs that i have not put rims on a car i wasnt to put some aftermarket rims on my 2018 ford ecosport ese i like whats on but the look little i think i want something bigger than 17 inch but the model selection doesn't have it.. what know?

  30. I own cars ever since 2010 and I never ever had an aftermarket wheels in my life. And but if I do get them, i already got just brand new continental tires that’s 80k miles. Cuz there were important. Conventional tires sucks. So now I am ok that I need new Konig Tandem wheels like 16×7.5 on 205/55/16 which it’s perfect. But since the wheel giveaway is starting tomorrow and I don’t what time starts, would 235/40/18 be fine or 235/50/18? Or 225/50/18 on cosmis xt-006R hyper red? @FitmentIndustries this is for my 2015 Scion xB.

    Cuz I believe I might have a small rub on 235/40/18 but I can remove fender shields cuz why not. Rubbing free lol.

  31. if I'm planning to purchase my first set of wheels. doing measurements etc, how do I go about with a "test fit" so I'm not buying the wrong set/size when they arrive?
    granted, if my measurements are exact then it shouldn't be a problem. but better safe than sorry I guess. does that make any sense?

  32. Question.. when a rim says ET 40 and another says ET 30, does that mean that the ET 30 will be slightly more pushed in or us it the other way around?

  33. To keep it basic, find out what your stock offset is. Most stock wheels are 35-40 offeset. This can be found on the internet. Just google, "insert car name stock wheel offset". With that figure out what you want to do. If you want it relatively the same, just different wheels, well, it's just that easy. If you want to change the size of the wheels, the diameters, tire size… make sure you know what you are doing, because modifications will need to be made if you go too big. And if you don't know what you are doing, it's not fun. A good rule of thumb is .5 diameter wider, depending on how wide they were to begin with. Your car was specifically built to house that exact size wheel. You can get away with it most cars. But if your car came stock with 9inch diameter wheels, just stay at 9inches. Me for instance, the stock wheels are 14in 6.5 diameter. I have plenty of room to play around before i hit the limit. And most cars will have that
    .5-1inch of play room on the diameter. But if you have a car that already has wide tires, unless it's a track car that needs wider tires stay at whatever you are at. That's you're best bet. If you want overfenders/widebody, go for wider tires, but get the measurements figured out before you put the tires on, and please make it look professional, don't just cut your fenders and put flares on. That is so disgusting.

  34. I have 2009 Acura TSX my stock wheels are 17” and the tires 225/50/17 how wide can i go with it without to roll the fenders and i am trying to go 18” with wider tires like 255 its my daily car and i like to be more safe about that with nice looking ant the same time what you’ll recommend?!

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