How Does Changing Wheel Offset Affect A Vehicle? 3

How Does Changing Wheel Offset Affect A Vehicle? 3


 Negative offset will literally widen your vehicle’s footprint, because the tire contact patches are further apart. While this reduces side-to-side load weight transfer and increases grip, it can make steering response sluggish in some makes and models.


 When wider wheels create a more negative offset, you can easily run into fender clearance issues – especially when you consider that normal up-and-down wheel movement increases as you go further outward from the wheel hub.


 In order to compensate for tires that fill the wheel well and rub the fender, you would need to modify the fenders. “Rolling” the fenders is one way, with a special tool that bolts to the wheel hub. As it’s moved back and forth, a roller wheel applies pressure along the fender lip to gradually push the sheet metal outward. If that doesn’t create enough clearance, cutting the metal and installing fender flares may be necessary. Both of these modifications are permanent, and may negatively affect the resale value of your vehicle.