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The phenomenon known as concave wheels has changed the wheel game forever and has become the newest trend in aftermarket wheels worldwide. Replacing the classic look of the typical lips on wheels, concave wheels gives a car the ultimate depth in looks while looking larger than the traditional deep lip wheel because of the spokes extension to the outer edge of the rim.
Element Wheels has been on the forefront of concave wheels, and we've established ourselves as experts in finding the deepest concave wheels on the market for your car, truck, or SUV. Search thousands of concave wheels on our website by simply using our easy to use search feature above. Just enter your vehicle, and see the 100's if not 1000's of concave wheels that will set off your ride perfectly.
Concave Technology is the idea of having the spoke start at the outer rim of the wheel, and drop deep towards the center of the wheel creating an extremely aggressive stance. Rather than exaggerating a bigger lip for the back wheel, and a smaller lip for the front. Concave wheels emphasize the concavity of the rear wheel to differentiate from the front wheel.
The answer is, YES!!! Many of the Concave manufacturers build many applications to fit all sorts of vehicles. Historically staggered wheels were reserved for Rear-Wheel Drive Vehicles. But since there is a high demand for staggered wheels for Front-Wheel Drive Applications, manufacturers have answered the calling.
The amount of concave depends on several factors including wheel width, wheel brake clearance, wheel offset, and just the way the wheel was engineered. We get a lot of calls from customers saying that they want a really concave wheel for their car, but the widest their vehicle can use is an 8.5 inch wheel. With a wheel that narrow it is very difficult to accomplish much concave. We also have to take into consideration brake clearance. The more concave a wheel is, the less brake clearance it will have. The third factor is the offset. If your vehicle requires a fairly high offset wheel, it will cause limitations on how much concave the wheel can have. So although everyone wants the most concave wheel possible, there are many factors to take into consideration.
We get this question a daily basis, and the answer is... Maybe! To start, lets explain offset.
In very basic terms, offset determines how far in or out a wheel will sit on your vehicle. The lower the offset, the more it will push the wheel out. The higher the offset, the more the wheel will sit in. Every car has a range of offsets that will work on it. There is no perfect offset, since the perfect position of a wheel can be subjective. Customers that want an aggressive stance will opt for a lower offset wheel causing it to be more flush with the fender and in some cases, sticking out slightly. This is a very popular look for the rear wheel on muscle cars. More conservitive customers may want the wheel to sit in the fender more to avoid having the tire kick up rocks and dirt on the side of the car.
In more technical terms, the offset is the measurement of distance from the center of the wheel, to the back pad of the wheel (part of the wheel that mounts up to the car). So on a lower offset wheel the backpad of the wheel will be closer to the center of the wheel, causing the wheel to push out more. On a higher offset wheel, the backpad will be closer to the front (or face) of the wheel creating a larger measurement between the center of the wheel, and the backpad.
So why do people ask if a lower offset wheel will be more concave? That is because there is a large misonception in the industry that a lower offset wheel means the backpad will be closer to the center of the wheel, so that would mean that you get a really nice deep concave drop because the backpad is set in so far. This may be true for fully custom built forged wheels because they are made to order, and are tailor made to the specific vehicle maximizing design elements to provide the most aggressive stance. The idea of a fully custom wheel is great, however the reality is anything fully custom is going to have a very high cost associated to it.. In most cases the price range of fully custom wheels starts around $1000 per wheel and quickly goes up from there.
The majority of wheels on the market are cast wheels which come out of molds. So when a manufacturer offers a wheel in lets say 20x10 and offers offsets of +15mm, +20mm, +40mm, +50mm, the amount of concave is the same because the wheel comes out of the same mold no matter what the offset is. The only difference between a 20x10 +15mm offset, and a 20x10 +40mm offset is the backpad. The backpad on the +15mm offset will be 25mm thicker than the backpad of the +40mm offset. The face (or front) of the wheel does not look any different between offsets. In most cases, the only way to get a more concave wheel is to go with a wider wheel because of the way the manufacturer engineers the wheel. Generally speaking the narrow wheels are meant for front wheels, and cannot have too mach concave because of width restrictions, and because they have to account for the front brake calipers which can cause clearance issues. The wider rear wheels will usually have more concave because they do not have to worry as much about smaller rear brake calipers.
There are some manufacturers of concave wheels that will make a single size wheel such as a 20x10 with 2 different profile molds. One mold will have less concave for the higher offset applications, and the other may have a deeper concave for the lower offset applications. This is rare because the cost of making molds and minimum production numbers can be cost prohibitive, however there are some manufacturers such as MRR, Forgestar, Concept one, and a few others that have not let cost stop them from providing the deepest concave wheels possible for their customers.
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