Aftermarket Wheel Essentials Guide
Test Fitting, Wheel Cleaning, & More!

**Do not use any powered impact wrenches during removal or installation**

**We always recommend professional installation for all items to avoid any complications**

**Test Fit Video Coming Soon**

Test Fit Instructions

  1. Check Basic Wheel Fitment - Place the wheels onto your vehicle to confirm that the drilled bolt pattern lines up with your vehicle studs. It is normal to have some space between the wheel hub bore and the vehicle's hub. Aftermarket are lug centric which means that the wheel is centered on the lug holes instead of the hub itself. If you have a larger hub gap and you're experiencing vibrations, hub rings may be needed to keep the wheel centered until the lugs are tightened.
  2. Test Fit Wheels - Make sure that the mounting surface is clean and that the wheel lays completely flat against the mounting surface. Hand tighten the lugs firmly to secure the wheel for test fitting. If you ordered Wheels Only, test fitting should be done before mounting tires onto the wheels. Here is a rundown of the basic test fit areas you should check:
    • Basic Fitment
      Confirm the studs line up with the bolt pattern & that the wheel fits flat on the mounting surface. Test fit every lug by hand to make sure the threading lines up with your studs.
    • Brake Caliper/Inner Valve Stem/Wheel Weight Clearance
      Visually inspect the wheel to confirm there is no contact with the caliper, inner valve stem, or wheel weights (if balanced). Slowly spin the wheel by hand & make sure every section has enough clearance. It is crucial to spot interference before completing installation.
    • Steering Clearance
      Once wheels and tires are mounted to the vehicle, place pieces of cardboard under the front tires to act as a cushion between the tires and pavement once your vehicle is on the ground. This will protect the tire in the next step when turning your wheel. If items show signs of being driven on or visible damage, they cannot be returned.
    • Suspension/Fender/Wheel Well Clearance
      Once your tires are on the cardboard, check for fender, suspension and overall clearance of each wheel & tire. Grab a friend and have them slowly turn the steering wheel fully to the left as you verify clearance along the way. Keep an eye on tire clearance as well as any possible contact with the suspension components. Repeat while turning to the right.
      Note: Suspension will compress while driving which may change the overall clearance.
  3. Tighten Lugs in Correct Pattern - Lugs should be tightened in a star shaped pattern (pictured below) using a torque wrench. This star pattern keeps the wheel centered to avoid vibrations while driving. Check your vehicle manual for the exact torque specifications.
  4. Lug Tightening Patterns
    Note: Re-torque your wheels after the first 25 miles. Check each lug after about 50-100 miles and re-torque if necessary
  5. Final Check - Clearance should be checked while the vehicle is raised as well as after the weight of the vehicle is lowered onto the suspension. Give one last check around all four tires to make sure everything has enough clearance to drive.

Directional Wheels & Directional Tires

Lug & Bolt Breakdown

There are many different styles of lugs such as closed, open, or spiked as well as different lug fitments like conical, flat, or ball seat lugs. When purchased through our store, our experts have picked out the correct lugs for your vehicle and wheels. Test fitting the lugs is still recommended to ensure proper fitment as some vehicles may have multiple fitment options. If you purchased the lugs on your own, it is important to select the correct seat for your wheel as using incorrect lugs can cause damage to the wheel itself, vibrations & shaking while driving, or even cracking on the wheel that can compromise the structural integrity.

Lug Nuts and Bolts


Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS) were first introduced in 1997 and became a requirement for all US vehicles manufactured after September 2007. There are two types of TPMS: direct and indirect. Direct TPMS uses a sensor that is attached to the wheel to send the current tire pressure to the vehicle's system. Indirect TPMS uses the anti-lock brake system's speed sensors to gauge the tire pressure based on rotational speed of one tire compared to the other tires

  1. Once your new package is installed on your vehicle, most sensors sync up automatically within the first 100-200 miles of driving.
  2. If you purchased the TPMS through our store and you are still having issues syncing your sensors after driving, please reach out to our experts and they will run you through the TPMS sync steps based on your specific year, make, and model. Contact Us for help with syncing your TPMS.

Wheel Cleaning & Maintenance

You might think cleaning your wheels is only necessary when you're about to show off your ride, but it also helps your wheel finish last longer while maintaining that like-new, pristine condition. Regular cleaning and maintenance can help prevent corrosive finish issues like pitting on chrome wheels. Issues such as pitting typically begin due to salt buildup sitting on the wheel from either salted roads in the winter or salt water if you are near the ocean.

Note: Be sure to only use mild soap or cleaners made specifically for your type of wheel finish. Wheel finishes may be permanently damaged by caustic soap used at some commercial car washes. Any intensely abrasive cleaning, such as steel wool or harsh chemicals, may also cause damage or void the finish warranty depending on the manufacturer.

Hub Rings, Spacers, & Adapters

Tire Basics

Tires are arguably the most important part of your vehicle. The tires are responsible for control while responding to your driving so it is important to pay close attention to the pressure, treadwear, and rotation schedule for your tires. We will touch on the basics of tire safety so that you can keep yourself securely on the road with these simple tips for tire inspection.

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