STAGGERED WHEELS and Tires
What are staggered
Staggered wheels means the wheels on the
back of the vehicle are a different size than the front.
Most common staggered fitment will be wider wheels in
the rear of the vehicle such as 19x8.5 and 19x10. On
some vehicles such as the Acura NSX, Chevrolet Corvette,
and others you will find wheels in the rear that are
both wider, and usually 1 inch larger in diameter.
Typically staggered fitment wheels are found on rear
wheel drive vehicles such as Infiniti G35, Nissan 350Z,
many BMW applications, Mercedes Applications, Audi, VW,
Ford, Porsche and many more.
Is a staggered application ok to use on AWD?
Generally staggered wheels are not
recommended for AWD (All Wheel Drive) vehicles. AWD
vehicles have been engineered to perform their best with
the same size wheel front and back, so you may suffer a
decrease in performance and handling of the vehicle.
With that said, most vehicle's computer systems can
adjust for the small variance in rolling diameter
between the front and wheel tires, and usually do not
cause any harm to the vehicle.
Can I put staggered
wheels on a front wheel drive car?
In some cases FWD (Front Wheel Drive)
cars have enough room in the rear to fit a wider wheel
such as the Acura TL but generally speaking you will
have to make fender modifications in the rear to fit a
wider wheel and tire. If you want the staggered
look with a larger lip in the rear, many wheel companies
have introduced a simulated staggered application.
What this means is the front and rear wheels are the
same diameter and width, but the rear wheels have a
bigger lip. They are able to accomplish this by
setting the spokes on the rear wheels further in the
wheel to give it a bigger lip. Sometimes you can
get as much as a 4 inch lip in the rear.
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