What is Rim Offset?

Friday, June 28, 2013 by Colin .

Many drivers call or email us to ask about offset. They want to know what it means and how it affects the wheel options we list on our site.

Rim or wheel offset is the distance from the centerline of the wheel to its mounting surface. Offset is measured in millimeters and can be a positive, negative or zero designation.  

  • Zero offset indicates the mounting surface is even with the centerline of the wheel.  
  • Positive offset means the mounting surface is toward the front of the wheel.
  • Negative offset means the mounting surface is toward the backside of the wheel.  

The wheel offset needs to be correct for the vehicle to prevent clearance issues and not negatively affect its handling.   

Some of our wheel options are offered in multiple offsets. The lower the offset, the further the wheel will be positioned toward the outside and the more aggressive it will appear. We commonly list these fitments for trucks and jeeps for those who want that type of look and are willing to make other modifications such as installing a lift kit. If a wheel's offset will be aggressive and may require modification to the vehicle, it'll be noted under "Important Notes" below the wheel image.  

Our wheel listings have been determined by our fitment engineers who have taken each wheel's offset as well as many other factors into account so you can be confident that what we list will fit correctly. Start searching wheels by vehicle now and find the wheel that's a match for your ride. 

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