The Best Wheels For Lowered Trucks
June 24, 2021
When people make the decision to add a leveling kit or lift kit to their truck, it’s usually a carefully made decision. The pricing, installation, and the effects it has on your truck are all factors that are usually considered. In the end, the lift results in a truck with extra clearance, visibility, and an overall more appealing appearance. So, why lower your truck instead? And what are the best wheels to put on that build?
Why Do People Lower Their Trucks?
Lowering your truck is oftentimes a decision based on the owner trying to achieve a certain look, rather than improving functionality. Most people assume trucks are designed for work purposes, and that lowering the suspension and making it less functional isn’t smart. But, what if you’re trying to be a part of that mid-to-late 1940’s lowrider car culture with this customized look?
Besides, depending on how much you may decide to lower your truck, it can come with some benefits including a stiffer ride, better handling, improved aerodynamics, improved traction, and better gas mileage.
If you do decide to lower your truck’s suspension, be aware that it does come with a few cons, which are probably not shocking. For starters, it won’t be a good setup for off-roading, or evening getting off the pavement in general. Even then, you might bottom out more than usual too. With less space between your tires and the body of the truck, rubbing of parts is a common issue that can also lead to premature and uneven tire wear.
What Wheels Should I Put on My Lowered Truck?
If you’ve decided to lower your truck to achieve that classic, street-truck look, you may find yourself constantly seeing a bunch of aggressive, “off-roady” style of wheels that are flooding the aftermarket wheel industry. While you may be in the minority with a lowered truck as opposed to the popular trend of lifting it, there are wheels out there that will help you complete your street vibe. We’re going to show you some of our favorite wheels for lowered street trucks!
American Racing Torq Thrust M
The Torq Thrust M lineup by American Racing is a pretty popular option among the lowered truck community. This clean, 5-spoke wheel with exposed lugs delivers a timeless design that made the hot rod scene iconic decades ago. It might be the 21st century, but this wheel will allow your build to make you feel like you time traveled back in time.
This lineup offers finishes in either anthracite with a machined lip or chrome. Offset options for this wheel range from +25mm to +45mm, which makes sense considering you may want to lean toward a positive wheel offset if you’re going to slam your suspension. This will create a tucked look from the side and clean from the front.
Vision Legend 5 & Vision Legend 6
These two models by Vision are great options to help you achieve that street-truck vibe on your build. They serve a rounded, 5-spoke design that resemble wheels from another era, helping give that classic, strong appearance on your setup. To top it off, they feature a clean, branded center cap to complete the look.
They’re offered in finish options like gunmetal with a machined lip, gloss black with a machined lip, or chrome. Besides ther simple, yet bold appearance, these wheels are are durable, lightweight, and perform well under pressure. They are also offered in a wide variety of diameters, widths, and offset options ranging from -19mm to +38mm to allow you to play around with your wheel size. Also, these wheels come with a one-year finish warranty as well as a lifetime structural warranty!
Your build is going to be kickin’ it old-school with a set of Dub Ballers. Like the others, this model sticks to that popular 5-spoke design that will highlight your street truck by turning a newer pickup into a timeless build. Again, the Dub Ballers have a positive offset ranging from +11 to +38, creating that common, lowered truck vibe, which is partially due to visual appearance and fitment concerns that a negative offset could create.
You can get this wheel in finish options including silver with brushed machined face, PVD chrome, gloss black, and black with machined spoke faces and a black flake tint clear coat. And if you want some big wheels, these bad boys are available in wheel diameters ranging from 20” all the way up to 30”.
If you’re looking to get into the street-truck culture by lowering your truck, you might as well full send it and go for those timeless, vintage wheel designs that will bring your build to life and make you feel like you’re cruisin’ down the road in 1950.
We can’t help but be curious, so if you’re a part of the street truck gang or have lowered your truck, let us know below in the comments a little about your setup, including what wheels you’re running!