What To Know Before You Start Your Offroad Build
August 12, 2019
Getting a truck often means hard work. Although sometimes it means finding the roughest and toughest trails for pure enjoyment. For those looking to transform their truck into an offroad masterpiece, there are many details to be aware of. Offroad wheels don’t come cheap. Any offroad wheel, tire or suspension kit that does come cheap will likely ride cheap too. It’s important to be aware of the many options when choosing products for your offroad build.
For offroading, strength and durability is of paramount importance. Remember the material that makes the wheel matters. That is why at SOTA offroad we only use premium high-density alloys that are properly engineered to provide all of the strength and durability you need without adding unnecessary weight.
Offset & Backspace
In order to get the aggressive offroad stance you’re looking for, you need to make sure your wheels have the correct offset & backspace to ensure proper fitment and ride quality. Offroad wheels commonly have zero or negative offsets that will allow correct fitment on many different sizes of lift kits and tires. To find out what offset & backspace we offer for your vehicle visit our website for more details.
Offroad Truck Wheel Size
Wheel size is defined by both the Diameter of the bead seat of the wheel and the width of the wheel from bead seat to bead seat. The bead seat is where the tire sits when properly mounted on a wheel. When measuring a wheel that is unmounted you should first measure the width by placing a tape measure inside the rim flange of the front side and then measuring to other inside surface of the opposing rim flange. This measurement will be approximately one inch less than the overall width of the rim shell. The diameter is harder to measure with a traditional tape measure but the easiest way is to measure the overall diameter of the wheel face. This measurement will be approximately 1 ¼ to 1 ½ inches larger than the wheels mounting surface diameter.
Choosing the right tire increases performance, ride quality and appearance. The most common sizes for many lifted and leveled trucks range from 33” to 52” total tire diameter after inflation. Our wheels look best on Mud Terrain or All-Terrain style tires but will certainly work on traditional street tires depending on your desired look. Another important note on tires is to understand tire pressure. Tire pressure can vary greatly based on the type of terrain, and even altitude. One thing is certain, your tire pressure will likely need to be different offroad. That’s why choosing a wheel that is TPMS compatible is an important attribute to have.
Suspension is a very important component to any truck owners build. There are endless, tricks, tips and products to improve performance. To keep it short, you will need a lift kit or leveling kit to fit the bigger wheels and tires. This is vital if you plan to take your truck offroad. Professional offroad trucks have complete suspension rebuilds including everything from shocks, coils, and many more to accessories to improve your offroad truck performance.