The next aspect you should focus on comes from a purely technical standpoint. Wheels are designed differently for front-wheel-drive (FWD) vehicles than they are for rear-wheel-drive (RWD) vehicles, so make sure you know which of these design categories your vehicle falls under. Rear-wheel-drive rims tend to have a deep dish or, in technical terms, a zero or negative offset. Front-wheel-drive rims tend to have a very shallow dish or a positive offset, in order to clear the brake calipers and various suspension components. The term "offset" refers to the distance from the center of a wheel to its mounting surface, where it bolts to your vehicle's axle hub. The lower the offset, the closer the mounting surface is to the inner edge of the wheel. The higher the offset, the more space there is inside the wheel, behind the mounting surface. You will also need to know your vehicle's bolt pattern, so you can buy wheels that will bolt right on.

Backspacing is also very important to figuring out if a wheel can fit a certain vehicle. Backspacing is the distance between the innermost edge of a wheel and the mounting surface. Both backspacing and offset affect whether or not the wheel will fit within your vehicle's wheel well. This is very important as you definitely don't want the wheels sticking out past the fender. Backspacing and offset also affect the "bearing load" path. In general, you want your wheels to be as far out to the sides as possible, as long as they aren't rubbing against the wheel wells. This is ideal for equal weight distribution when your suspension compresses, and is especially important for vehicles with hydraulics or air-ride. Placing the wheels out to the sides will give you a wider stance for improved stability and handling. In the case that the new wheels and tires extend beyond the wheel wells, some states mandate the addition of fender flares or fender extensions to cover the tires, while some other states even require the use of mud flaps.

Wheels are available in a variety of finishes, so you should pick something that best reflects your needs. They can be plated, polished, painted, anodized or powdercoated, just remember that some finishes need more maintenance than others. If you like shiny rims, you have a choice between polished and chromed aluminum, or steel wheel finishes with silver or gold plating. Some companies also offer their rims in a variety of colors. These wheels are typically powdercoated or painted, but some colors, including matte black and bronze, are available as an anodized finish. Of all the options, polished bare aluminum wheels require the most maintenance, since they can become oxidized and require re-polishing. That's why many polished aluminum wheels are currently finished with clearcoat paint. As a rule, plated, painted, and powdercoated wheels need only regular washing, with occasional help from a good wheel cleaner to remove built-up brake dust.

Tension 8
Modular Society
Sizes> 19, 20, 22, 24
Finishes> Chrome, bright silver, gunmetal, polished, machined, powdecoat paint, color match paint, liquid carbon finish, liquid wood finish, wheel lip engraving, painted lip, lip accent ring if applicable
Applications> Call for fitments
www.modularsociety.com

94R
Rolling Big Power
Sizes> 17x9, 18x9, 18x10, 20x9, 20x10
Finishes> Chrome with black inserts, black with chrome inserts, machine or black with black inserts
Applications> Truck and SUV fitments only
www.rollingbigpower.com

Blitz
Gianna
Sizes> 18x7.5, 20x8.5, 20x9.5, 22x8.5, 22x9.5, 24x10, 26x10
Finishes> Chrome with black center and custom color accents
Applications> Car, truck, and SUV
www.giannawheels.com
626.813.2500

M101
MKW
Sizes> 16, 17, 18, 20
Finishes> Chrome, gloss black machined
Offsets> Mid to high
Applications> 4-lug, 5-lug
www.mkwalloy.com / 866.MKW.WHEEL