Looking to buy custom wheels?
We design and build custom multi piece American made wheels. Your ride is the most important thing in designing a wheel, not what we think is cool but which custom wheels look better on your ride than on the wheel rack. Your car or truck is paramount, period! American Republic Wheels team offers simplicity in design so the look fits any ride. We build multiple piece American made wheels.
What we need to know for your custom order?
Wheel width is the distance between the bead seating areas across the wheel rim (it is NOT the distance from wheel outside edge to the opposite edge). Wheel width has increased partly in response increasing tire width. However, the most important consideration for wheel width is that it be the proper size for the tires that will be installed. Every tire manufacturer specifies a range of rim widths for each tire size; even within this range, the mounted width of the tire will change.
Once mounted, the tire’s actual width can increase by almost an inch in some cases when going from the narrowest to the widest rim allowed. This may not sound like much but it may be critical when selecting a tire and wheel package. A tire mounted on a narrower rim within the range may fit on the vehicle, but the same tire on a wider rim might not.
Offset is the distance between the wheel's hub mounting surface (where the wheel bolts to the vehicle) and the wheel's true centerline. On a wheel with zero offset, the hub mounting surface is at the wheel centerline.
If the hub mounting surface is toward the wheel face (the visible side of the wheel) side of the centerline, then the offset is said to be positive. This configuration places more of the wheel over the hub and brake components, and is common on front-wheel-drive cars.
Negative offset means the hub mounting surface is closer to the back side of the wheel, so more of the wheel extends outward from the hub. So called "deep dish" wheels tend to have a negative offset.
While offset measures the distance from the hub mounting surface and the wheel’s centerline, backspace is the distance between the hub mounting surface and the inner edge of the wheel rim. The offset and backspace must be correct on a replacement wheel to ensure the wheel and tire assembly fits properly inside the well without contacting the fender, frame or any other components throughout its range of motion.
Bolt pattern is expressed as the number of studs or holes x the distance between 2 specified studs/holes. For example, the bolt pattern 5 x 4.5 means 5 studs/holes with 4.5" between the centers of the studs/holes opposite one another. (On a 5-lug hub, count the 2nd adjacent stud from your initial stud.) Bolt pattern can also be expressed in metric form, with 4 x 100mm signifying 4 studs/holes with 100 millimeters between the centers of the studs/holes opposite one another.
Pitch Circle Diameter (PCD)
This is the diameter of an imaginary circle that passes through the center of all studs, lug bolts, or wheel rim holes. It's calculated by taking a measurement between the center points of any two lug holes. Then, that measurement is divided by .7071 for a 4-stud wheel, by .5878 for a 5-stud wheel, or by .5 for a 6-stud wheel to arrive at the PCD.
When we start your order we go cover sizing and back- space for optimum depth. We will also discuss your suspension and body modifications, wheel finish and any other areas of concern. You'll be notified of when the center goes to machining, when the center goes to getting a particular finish and the final stage when the centers are at assembly.