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Old 04-23-2010, 09:22 AM   #1
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Custom wheel offset question ...

Hello everyone. I've asked this question a few times to a few different people, and still have not gotten a straight answer. Maybe someone has already been down this road and can help me out ...

I am looking to buy a set of custom wheels for my SS ... the ones I am looking at are 20x8.5 front and 20x9.5 rear (so I can keep costs down and keep my original tires). These wheels are offered in two different offsets ... +20 and +35. I have also read in a thread somewhere that the factory wheels are 20x8 front with a +35 offset and 20x9 rear with a +40 offset.

My question is which offset to order so I get the right wheels the first time?

My wheel/tire guy has put a set of Lexani's on my buddy's Camaro SS ... they were all offset +20 and they fit fine ... but he says the +35 wheels would tuck more and ultimately look better. Plus (obviously) different style wheels from different manufacturers are designed differently and may or may not clear the brakes and/or bodywork.

So the question is what offsets have you guys used that have worked without any clearance problems? I would really like to go with the +35 offset since I plan on eventually putting a wider tire in the rear ... but don't want to go thru the hassle of sending them back because they don't fit or don't clear. If the +20 works with no hassles, I'll just go with them and deal with the wheel sitting out another 1/2" ...

Thanks in advance ...
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Old 04-23-2010, 01:28 PM   #2
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Hello everyone. I've asked this question a few times to a few different people, and still have not gotten a straight answer. Maybe someone has already been down this road and can help me out ...

I am looking to buy a set of custom wheels for my SS ... the ones I am looking at are 20x8.5 front and 20x9.5 rear (so I can keep costs down and keep my original tires). These wheels are offered in two different offsets ... +20 and +35. I have also read in a thread somewhere that the factory wheels are 20x8 front with a +35 offset and 20x9 rear with a +40 offset.

My question is which offset to order so I get the right wheels the first time?

My wheel/tire guy has put a set of Lexani's on my buddy's Camaro SS ... they were all offset +20 and they fit fine ... but he says the +35 wheels would tuck more and ultimately look better. Plus (obviously) different style wheels from different manufacturers are designed differently and may or may not clear the brakes and/or bodywork.

So the question is what offsets have you guys used that have worked without any clearance problems? I would really like to go with the +35 offset since I plan on eventually putting a wider tire in the rear ... but don't want to go thru the hassle of sending them back because they don't fit or don't clear. If the +20 works with no hassles, I'll just go with them and deal with the wheel sitting out another 1/2" ...

Thanks in advance ...
Was your friend's car dropped? If you plan on lowering it I'd stay with close to factory offset @ 35mm.

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the best thing you can do is to PM nine ball, give him the info on the wheels and he will be able to answer your questions.
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Old 04-23-2010, 03:42 PM   #4
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Thanks for the referral, but I only share offset info:

1. On wheels I sell.
2. With customers.

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