What is Staggered Wheel Fitment?
Intended as a handling boost for RWD vehicles, staggered wheel fitment means rear wheels and/or tires are bigger and/or wider than the fronts. We discuss other effects of staggering.
by Michael Grayen
SAE certified mechanic and technical writer
Staggered wheel fitment is a term for the rear wheels being bigger and/or wider than the front wheels. Like rear wings, this only works on rear wheel drive cars, where the bigger rear wheels can put more power onto the pavement, and at the same time be chosen to improve the cornering ability of the vehicle. As most performance and racing cars are rear wheel drive cars, staggered fitment has for many people become synonymous with performance styling, which can be a serious mistake for owners of front- and 4-wheel drive vehicles. More on that below.