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2021-06-20

Does any brand of tire fit on any brand of wheel?

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Compatibility is one of the most common sources of questioning and concern among our customers. It's only natural given the technical complexity of the task and the variety of very uncommon terms used to describe wheel features. So let's take a moment to demystify it all.

Sounds complicated?

But it's not really, and to simplify it all, a shopping tool allows you to enter some information about your vehicle on our site. With this data, sorting is made in our huge catalog of products to show you only wheels compatible with your vehicle. All you have to do is choose the style and color you like!

Shop wheels for your vehicle

By entering your vehicle into our system, you will be able to browse through a huge selection of wheels compatible with your vehicle.

Shop wheels

The different brands of wheels

Can all brands of tires be mounted on all brands of wheels? There is no link between the two, except for dimensions. So it's only the sizes that need to be selected so that the tire sits nicely on the wheel. So you don't have to restrict yourself, have fun and choose what you like best.

Double-checked by an expert

Although our search tool integrates reliable databases, suggesting only wheels that are technically compatible with your vehicle, an expert ALWAYS validates the data of your order and confirms the compatibility with the manufacturers. This way, we can guarantee that the wheels delivered will be perfectly adapted to your vehicle.

Indeed, compatibility is 100% guaranteed!

Are you interested in technical information?

Do you like to know more? Here is a little lexicon that will help you better understand the numbers displayed next to your shopping products.

Wheel diameter

The wheel's total measurement (in inches) passes through its center.

When you start shopping, the first thing to think about is the diameter of the wheels you want. Indeed, you can choose to go for larger or smaller wheels than the original ones. You will also have to change the tires to compensate and keep the same total diameter.

To know the size of your original wheels, you can look at the sticker on the inside of the driver's side door, in the owner's manual as well as on your tires (Be careful, if your vehicle was bought used, you might not have the original size anymore!).

Although aesthetics is often the reason that pushes people to change the diameter of their wheels, others do it for economic reasons. Indeed, the price of wheels (and tires) is usually directly related to their size: the bigger it is, the more it costs. Shaving can therefore be a way to save money.

The width of the wheel

Most of the wheels we recommend will be wider than your original wheels. Note that as long as the wheels do not extend beyond the vehicle's fenders and do not catch on any mechanical parts (brakes, suspension, etc.), there is no problem with changing the width of your wheels. The wheel offset must be adapted to compensate for this modification.

The offsets

Distance (in millimetres) between the core portion of the wheel and the line in the center of the wheel.

The offset indicates whether the wheel mounting portion (where nuts or bolts are installed) is located right in the center of the wheel (zero offsets), further out (positive offsets) or further in (negative offsets).

The so-called concave wheels, those with a substantial negative offset, are mainly favoured by tuners or those who drive trucks with a mounted suspension since they provide more clearance for the brakes and suspension.

The bolt pattern

The bolt pattern is expressed with a number indicating the number of bolts x the distance (in millimetres) between them measured across the center, e.g. 5x114.3.

The bolt pattern or bolt circle is vehicle-specific and cannot be changed. It must be the same as the wheel. However, some wheels are universal and can be installed on various bolt patterns, thus on multiple vehicles.

The wheel hub

Size (in millimetres) of the machined opening in the center of the wheel.

The hub or center bore is the hole in the center of the wheel on which the vehicle's axle is seated.

The size of the axles is similar for each vehicle and cannot be changed. There are so-called "replica" wheels, whose hub perfectly accommodates the axle and universal wheels. However, we recommend using a centring ring for a perfect fit. This ring is a simple plastic disc, but it will avoid many inconveniences, including solid vibrations, because the wheel is off-center and does not rotate evenly around the axle.

More information?

If you need more information on wheels or any other subject concerning the products sold on the PMCtire.com site, do not hesitate to contact our specialists, who will be happy to guide you in your selection!

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