Upgrading to Bigger Wheels and Tires

Aftermarket wheels, or rims, are more popular than ever. Custom wheels can give your vehicle a unique, sporty look, are extremely easy to install and require no extra maintenance or modifications. Some wheels can also provide performance benefits, such as improved handling and brake cooling. For example, a wider wheel will improve your car's handling, especially when combined with wider tires.

Choosing the right aftermarket wheels for your car is important, but doesn't have to be difficult. The wrong wheels will not look right on your car, can be a safety concern, and make your car's turning radius very poor.

A wheel needs to match you car by these specs

  • Bolt pattern

  • Wheel offset (a lower number is usually more offset, meaning the wheel will stick out closer to your car's fenders, for a more aggressive look. But too much will cause problems)

  • Center bore

  • Load-carrying capacity (generally not a problem)

Other things to consider

  • Weight (lighter is better)

  • Wheel width (wider is usually better)

  • Price

  • Tire size. A different wheel size will require a different tire size. If the wheel is taller, the tire needs to be the right size for the wheel, but also a “lower profile”

Because the wheels must be right for your car, we recommend you shop by vehicle (just as you should with tires). Once you know the wheels will fit your car, the decision is largely about the style you like, and of course the right price.

You can also save yourself some hassle by getting new tires at the same time. Before you buy tires, see our advice on choosing great tires.

If you're shopping for wheels at Tire Rack (a site we can't recommend enough), just search by your car's make and model, and then sort by price to see the more economical choices first.