Are Wider Wheels Worth It For Your Truck Build?

March 24, 2022

Everything You Need To Know About Wider Wheels

Depending on how long you've been working on truck builds, you should already know what a wheel spacer is. If you've ever put bigger wheels and tires on your pickup truck, the chances are that you may be wondering if they work for a cheap and easy way to get yourself a wider stance on your truck - or, does a wider wheel equal a better build? Today, we'll be diving into that headfirst to find out if wider wheels are worth it - let's get it!

How Is A Wheel Size Rating Calculated?

Let's talk wide boys. When you look at a set of wheels, there are three numbers that you'll want to know. The first number is wheel diameter, or in other words, how big your wheel measures if you take a tape measure from one side of the wheel to the other. This number is important for a few things, like what tires you need to buy - after all, you can't put a 22-inch tire on a 20-inch wheel. Diameter is also important to know to make sure that your wheels are big enough to clear a big brake kit. However, it doesn't affect the stance of your truck because it's just a height number and doesn't have anything to do with width. Smack dab in the middle of the three numbers is the wheel width, or how wide the wheel is from the inside to the outside. On top of that is the mysterious third number, which is the offset of the wheel.

What Does Wheel Offset Mean?

Wheel offset can be confusing to figure out if you're shopping for your first set of wheels, but we're here to help. The offset of a wheel is measured from the mounting pad of the wheel to the center of the wheel. So, if the wheel mounts to the hub with that mounting pad inward to the center of the wheel, then that wheel will have a negative offset and will push the wheel further out from the truck. On the flip side, if the wheel mounts more tucked in from the center of the wheel, that'll suck the wheel in and give it what's known as a positive offset. It's a little bit confusing, but essentially, positive offset means tucked in, and negative offset means tucked out. For the most part, though, any wheel above 10 inches wide will have a negative offset of some sort because let's face it, we're all about the stance here.

2021 Ram 2500 custom built with 14-wide Hardrock Affliction Wheels

Why Are People Installing Wider Wheels On Their Trucks Now?

When it comes to lifting your truck, most guys are looking for something a little bit wider to help accommodate the wider stance that we all know and love. Back in the day, a 12 wide was considered to be a big wheel, but nowadays, dudes are running 14 wides, 16 wides, and even 18 wides on some bigger builds. That's insane, but hey. Do it for the gram.

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Typically, though, more width equals more money, and sometimes that's not always possible in the pocketbook. Enter the wheel spacer.

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Do Wheel Spacers Provide Good Value For The Price?

Wheel spacers work by essentially pushing the wheel away from the hub of your truck, widening its stance. These spacers can be bought in all sorts of different sizes, from a half-inch to up to three inches or wider. However, some of the biggest complaints we hear are that wheel spacers aren't safe, or that they're too dangerous, or they might come off, and that's technically true. We'll explain. When it comes to wheel spacers, you get what you pay for. Cheap wheel spacers are typically made of a lighter-duty material - this means that they have much worse machining tolerances, and will be sloppy when you mount them up. Probably the biggest thing you need to worry about, though, is that cheap spacers are not hub centric. This means that they don't center the spacer on the hub of the vehicle, which can lead to vibrations down the road. In some extreme cases, this vibration can cause the spacer to fail when it rattles down the road - we've seen plenty of horror stories of this happening, so don't buy a cheap spacer and keep your peace of mind when you're driving.

2020 GMC Sierra 2500 HD running 16 inch wide American Force Morph Wheels

What Is The Best Wheel Spacer To Buy For Your Truck?

It's our goal to only provide you with the best that the market has to offer, and for this reason, we only carry high-quality, American-made, hub-centric wheel spacers made by Bora, and of course, their sister manufacturers at Stall. Bora makes aluminum spacers and Stall makes steel spacers - both of these have been stellar on our in-house builds, and they're in stock and ready to ship today.

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What Are The Pros and Cons of Using Wheel Spacers For Your Build?

One of the biggest things to keep in mind when it comes to putting a spacer on your truck as opposed to a wider wheel is that it's not going to give you the full-width look that a wider wheel will. A while back, we did a video where we stacked eight inches of spacers on a Duramax and, sure, it pushed the tire outside of the truck's fender, but at the end of the day, it was still a 12 wide wheel and a 12.5-wide tire, and this left the truck looking a little goofy. All told, a wheel spacer will work in a pinch, but a wider wheel will give you more of that full look in the wheel well - if that's the look you're going for, you'll want to opt for the wider wheels here.

What Are The Best Wider Wheels Available?

So what options do you have if you're looking for wider wheels? You've determined that 12 wides just aren't for you and you want to go to 14 wides - these days, it's getting easier and easier to find wheels that fit the exact look you're going for on your build. Take our Signature ARKON OFF-ROAD brand, for example - not only does ARKON make your standard 20x12s and 22x12s, but they also make some bigger wheels, including 24x14s and 26x14s. The best part is that you can get them in Chrome - even better than that, we have all of them in stock and ready to ship to you. So if you need new wheels for show season, you'll get them delivered to your door within 7 days of purchase with quick delivery. What do you guys think? Are you running wider wheels or is a spacer enough to get the job done? Sound off!

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