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O. E. Wheel Distributors manufactures its own line of replica wheels. Our rims are manufactured by one of the largest overseas manufacturing facilities. This facility also manufactures OEM rims for a major automotive line. The quality and materials meet and exceed OEM standards.

Our state of the art manufacturing process includes using counter pressure injection molds. Each rim is sent through heat treatment for increased fortification. The quality control program includes such steps as x-rays and pressurized immersion. All of our rims have passed or exceeded required safety testing and are TUV, JWL, SAE, VIA or DOT approved.

Lug Pattern is vehicle specific. It is the diameter (usually expressed in inches or mm) of an imaginary circle drawn through the center of each lug in a pattern


Offset is the distance (in mm) between the centerline of a wheel and the mounting surface where the wheel contacts the drum or rotor. Most wheels today are a positive offset. The offset determines the proper placement within the wheel well.


The backspace is the measurement from the back of the wheel (where the tire bead mounts) to the mounting surface. The mounting surface is where the wheel contacts the drum or rotor.

You can measure the backspacing by putting the wheel face down. Then lay a straight edge across the inner lip of the rim. Use a ruler to determine the distance as shown in the picture below.

A positive offset or increasing the backspacing will move the wheel in to the wheel well. A negative offset or decreasing the backspacing will move the further out.


Many of our customers want to change from a smaller 15" or 16" wheel to a larger 17" or 18" size. This is known as Up-sizing or Plus-Concept. It is important to keep the over all diameter of the wheel and tire combination as close to the stock size as possible. This is accomplished by choosing a tire with a shorter sidewall, or "lower profile".

Here is a chart that gives an example of how this is done.