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The Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Right Wheels & Tires

When it comes to customizing your lifted truck, few modifications make as much of a visual impact as the right wheel and tire package for your lift. The right combination can transform your truck's appearance, enhance its off-road capabilities, and provide the perfect balance between aesthetics and performance. Let's explore the key factors we consider when helping you choose the ideal wheel and tire fitment so we ensure that you make a confident and informed decision that aligns with your unique style and driving needs.

wheel backspace

Offset and backspacing refer to how far the wheel sits in relation to the truck's hub. These measurements play a significant role in tire clearance and the truck's overall stance. Positive offset brings the wheel closer to the suspension, while negative offset pushes it away, giving a wider appearance.

Wheel Offset

Ensure you choose an offset that maintains proper tire clearance to the suspension components, fender flares, and other nearby elements. Incorrect offset or backspacing can lead to rubbing, decreased turning radius, or potential damage to suspension parts.

Wheel and Tire Size Comparison

Tire Size and Profile: Selecting the right tire size involves striking a balance between aesthetics, off-road capability, and practicality. Larger tires offer improved ground clearance, enhanced traction, and a rugged appearance. However, bear in mind that excessively large tires may impact your truck's acceleration, braking performance, and fuel efficiency. At Wolfe, we will help you to determine the maximum tire size that best complements your lift height and wheel well clearance.

Click the link below to check out a tire size calculator with comparisons:

wide or narrow offroad tires

Wheel diameter not only affects the overall look of your truck but also influences handling characteristics and tire selection. Smaller diameter wheels, such as 17 inches, are better suited for off-road applications, as they offer greater sidewall flexibility, allowing the tire to absorb impacts and provide improved traction on uneven terrain. Larger diameter wheels, such as 20 inches or more, are popular for street-oriented trucks, delivering a sleek, aggressive appearance.

Consider the wheel width when choosing your fitment. Wider wheels provide more stability and allow for wider tire options, while narrower wheels can improve maneuverability. Strike a balance between aesthetics, tire performance, and your specific driving requirements to determine the ideal wheel width for your truck.

Depending on your truck's usage, it's important to select tires with an appropriate load rating. If you frequently haul heavy loads or tow trailers, opt for tires with higher load-carrying capacities to ensure safety and longevity. Additionally, consider the terrain you'll be primarily driving on. All-terrain or mud-terrain tires provide different levels of traction, handling, and durability in off-road conditions.

Choosing the right wheel and tire fitment for your lifted truck is an exciting part of customization, but it requires careful consideration and that's why Wolfe Customs is here to help. By taking into account factors such as lift height, tire size, wheel diameter and width, offset, backspacing, load rating, and terrain considerations, we can ensure a fitment that perfectly suits your truck's aesthetic goals, off-road capabilities, and everyday functionality. Remember, consulting with experts, such as the professionals at Wolfe Customs, can provide valuable guidance and expertise to make an informed decision.

So, get ready to elevate your truck's style and performance with a wheel and tire combination that is custom tailored to you!

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