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Why can I not find my vehicle on your website?

We here at AutoSportDepot do our best to have the most up to date measurements for as many vehicles as possible.  If your vehicle was just released this year, please allow a few weeks for our production team to have the information updated and uploaded to the website.  Alternatively, if your vehicle is fundamentally the same as the previous year, you should be able to use that instead of your current year to find wheel fitment for your vehicle.

Do I have to get new tires when I get new wheels?

If your new wheels are the same diameter and width as your existing wheels then it would be ok to reuse your existing tires on your new wheels.  We would suggest to reach out to your local dealer or tire shop to verify that this would be safe to do.  We do strongly recommend purchasing a new set of tires with your new wheels. There will be much less chance of potential issues with balancing the wheel / tire combination properly.

Is there a process for buying blemished wheels and receiving a discount?

Unfortunately, at this time, we do not have a B-Stock program for our products.

Would it be possible to purchase a single wheel instead of a full set?

It is possible to purchase a single wheel instead of a full set.  Make sure that when you are planning to order a single wheel that the diameter, width, offset and bolt pattern match your existing wheels.  You can contact your local dealer for pricing, availability and ordering information.

What is the difference between wheel width and wheel diameter?

Wheel width is the distance between the front and rear tire bead mounting surface on the wheel.  Wheel diameter is measured from the top bead seat to the bottom bead seat while passing through the center of the wheel.

I'm on a budget. Is there a process for buying used wheels while knowing that they're going to fit my vehicle?

The model number, part number and diameter / width / offset measurements of used wheels should be able to be identified via castings or stampings on the rear of the spokes of the wheel. This information can be cross referenced against our configurator or fitment guide to check for compatibility with your application.

How do I know if my lug nuts / bolts need a special tool for installation and removal?

Conventional lug nuts / bolts will have six flat sides designed to interface with a traditional socket. Splined lug nuts / bolts are able to be identified by grooves running down the outer length of the lug nuts / bolts that are removed with the installation and removal tool, or ‘lug key’.  In some instances, your vehicle may have a wheel lock which will also have it’s own separate lug key.  This is easily identifiable if one lug nut / bolt on each wheel is different from the others.

What is powder coating?

Powder coating is a type of coating that is applied as a free-flowing, dry powder. Unlike conventional liquid paint which is delivered via an evaporating solvent, powder coating is typically applied electrostatically and then cured under heat or with ultraviolet light. The powder may be a thermoplastic or a thermoset polymer. It is usually used to create a hard finish that is tougher than conventional paint.

What are hub centric rings? Do I need them?

Most aftermarket wheels are manufactured with a center hole that will fit a wide range of vehicles. The hub-centric ring is a piece of equipment used during installation used to help hold the wheel perfectly centered both during installation and road use.

Use of a hub centric ring can help in reducing minor vibrations. Proper installation and torque sequence is required to correctly center a wheel with or without a hub centric ring.

Why should I purchase bead lock wheels?

Bead locks are generally used on off-road or race vehicles that encounter extreme conditions.  They allow the tire to be “aired down” (used at very low tire pressures) to provide maximum traction. They use a locking ring that bolts over the bead of the tire, securing the tire to the wheel, to ensure that the tire stays on the wheel while the air pressure in the tire is at a minimum. Bead locks are not DOT approved and are not recommended for on road use.

Is there a type of wheel finish that is more durable than others?

We offer several types of finishes on our various wheel styles ranging from powder coating, painted machined and polished, and chromed in general order of durability.  Some wheels may be more susceptible to wear and tear to their appearance depending on their use and the elements that they are exposed to.

For example: A wheel designed for an off-road application will more likely encounter conditions that may damage the wheel than those designed for highway use. These wheels are more likely to be powder coated or have a machined finish than be painted or chromed.

How can I find the measurements on my current wheels?

Measurement information for wheels is almost always on the rear face of the spokes of a wheel.  Width, diameter, and offset information should all be either cast or machined into the wheel itself.