Wheel Fitment Tips and Tricks
Hey, everyone! Greg here with CARiD.com, welcome back to the shop! And in today’s video, guys, I want to give all of you a little tutorial about what to expect when you finally receive your custom wheels from CARiD.com. Now, there’s a few tips and tricks that I want to go over on how to properly test fit your wheels on your vehicle with just the bare wheel, what you should expect to receive in the box, and also test fitting for clearance once your tires are installed or when you receive a wheel and tire package, and, of course, we can’t talk about new wheels and tires without discussing TPMS systems. So, follow along for this video, so I’m going to give you all the tips and tricks, so, you can get your brand new wheels on your car or truck and drive away seamlessly. Alright guys, so you finally received your brand new set of custom wheels, and of course you are excited! But before you just go ahead and bolt them up, you need to make sure that you receive some essentials inside the box, and you also need to just verify the wheel itself. What I mean by that is one of the first things you want to verify with your new wheels when you open the box is the correct finish. Now, we are using these Pro Comp wheels today as an example, and what we ordered for these wheels are, in fact, satin black. And we in fact received satin black wheels. So, that’s one thing down we did get the correct finish. Now, other things that you do want to receive in the box, of course, you always will need a new set of lug nuts. We also have these with our shipment, so we are set to go. If you didn’t in fact receive a new set of lug nuts, do not use your OEM lug nuts. You will need a different style for the custom wheel that you ordered, so make sure to give our customer service department a call, and we’ll get them right out to you. Now, the next thing you want to make sure you receive depending on your application is a set of hub rings. Now, we’ve these particular wheels on this Toyota Tacoma, we don’t need a set of hub rings However, certain applications will require a hub ring to make sure the wheel is centered on the hub. Now, if you didn’t get them, again – call our customer service department, we will make sure we’ll get them out to you ASAP. However, all of this should be included within your new wheels. Now that we know we have everything we need, it’s time to test fit. Now, one of the first things that we want to check to make sure it’s correct is going to be the bolt pattern from the wheel to your vehicle. Now, by bolt pattern what I mean by that is the distance between the studs on your vehicle and their orientation are exactly aligned with the holes drilled into your new wheel. And what you simply want to do is grab the wheel itself, hold it up to the vehicle, and you should be able to simply slide that wheel right on, and all the studs line up perfectly. So, now that you know you have the correct bolt pattern for the wheel. It’s always a good idea to take your lug nuts, hand tighten them on each stud, because next we are going to check caliper clearance. Now with all of your lug nuts hand tighten, the wheel is firmly in place on the vehicle’s hub, we can check caliper clearance. And this is a really important step to make sure that your brake caliper does not contact the inner barrel of the wheel, or even the spokes on the outside, if it tends to protrude out. Now, remember, all of our wheels are verified fitment on CARiD.com, but mistakes do happen, so this is a really important step. Now, once you have the wheel, hand tight with all the lug nuts on the hub itself, you want to peer in through the spokes of the wheel, checking the top, sides and the bottom portion of the caliper to make sure it clears the barrel. You also want to see if we can stick your fingers in behind the spokes to ensure that the spokes themselves don’t contact the caliper. In this case with this Pro Comp wheel this one fits perfectly, we have plenty of clearance and no issues whatsoever. Now, we can get our tires mounted on these wheels, get them mounted back on the truck, and I’ll show you how to relearn your TPMS system. Alright guys, so we’ve done our due
diligence and test fitted our wheels. Now that we have the tires mounted and
balanced on our Pro Comp wheels. We now have to check for clearances with it installed on the car. Now, when you do this, make sure to check for your wheel and tire clearances when the vehicle is on the ground and the suspension is loaded. The reason for this is while it’s up in the air at the suspensions at full droop, so you are not going to get an accurate idea of if you have clearance issues in certain areas. Now, the first thing that we want to check is with the wheels pointing straight and we want to make sure that we have ample clearance in front of the tire on top of the wheel well, and on the backside of the wheel
well, as well. Now, we look through all this, and we have no issues with the tires pointing forward. The next really important thing to check is the range of motion of the steering system to make sure there are no clearance issues when you are steering from lock to lock. Now, unfortunately, with this truck we do have a little bit of a clearance issue with both the front and the rear mudflaps, when the tires in the steering system are at full lock. However, it is a really easy fix, because we can simply just unbolt these and remove them from the vehicle, so we won’t run into any tire contact problems. This is a perfect example of some of the small things that you may run into when checking for tire clearances after you’ve installed a new set of custom wheels and tires. Other things you may run into are issues with the fender liner. Now, some people can actually heat them up with a heat gun to melt the plastic slightly, so you can push it back for more clearance, or, if it’s a lower part of the wheel well, you may be able to actually cut pieces of the fender liner away to make sure your tires have ample clearance. But, of course, if you have any issues with any of these steps, feel free to contact our wheels and tires customer service department, and they’ll be more than happy to assist you! Now, the next thing that I wanted to discuss is how to relearn your tire pressure monitoring system, because when you get your new wheel and tire package, your new sensors have to be able to communicate with the control unit inside the car. Then, this Toyota Tacoma is a great example of an easy way that you can reset your tire pressure monitoring system without any special tools. Now, most Toyota’s are designed with a TPMS reset button on the dashboard, in this case it’s right under the steering wheel on the dash. You simply turn the key on and press and hold the button until the indicator flashes on the cluster, and then simply drive the car for a bit and all tire pressure monitoring systems are completely reset. So, with Toyota’s is a really easy straightforward way to do it! However, some vehicles will require a
special tool, just like this one that I have with me today. Now, this is a TPMS tool that allows you to program and relearn the sensors on those vehicles. Those vehicles will always require you to put the vehicle itself in the control unit inside the car into a learn mode. Once it’s in the learn mode, you can use
this tool to go to each and every sensor and scan the sensors, and essentially wake them up, so that they can communicate with the factory control
unit. Now, I do want to stress, though, that every vehicle, whether the make or model, may vary from the next. So, it’s always important to make sure that you know the exact tire pressure monitoring reset procedure. Now, if you don’t, once again – call our customer service department, and they can provide you with that. Now, if you do need a special tool, this will have to be done at a shop; if you don’t have one, but like this Tacoma, the special tool is not required, and you can easily do this yourself. All right guys, let’s we conclude my video today of how to test fit your new wheels and wheel and tire packages on your vehicle, and, of course, if you run into any other problems when you receive your new wheels or wheel entire packages, feel free to contact our customer service department, and they’ll be more than happy to assist you! And, as always, I’m Greg from CARiD.com, and I’ll see you guys next time!