How To Measure Wheel Width

Selecting the right aftermarket wheels for your car is a crucial step in enhancing its performance and appearance. Among the various measurements to consider, wheel width plays a significant role in determining tire fitment and overall aesthetics. In this blog, we'll guide you through the process of accurately measuring wheel width, ensuring a perfect fit for your vehicle. As experts in aftermarket wheels, Velgen Wheels is here to provide valuable insights for car enthusiasts seeking the ideal wheel upgrades.

How To Measure Wheel Width

Understanding Wheel Width

Wheel width, often referred to as rim width, is the measurement of the distance between the inner and outer edges of the wheel's barrel. It is typically expressed in inches and plays a crucial role in determining the optimal tire size and fitment for your car.

Steps to Measure Wheel Width

Gather Necessary Tools

Before you begin, ensure you have the following tools:

  • A measuring tape or caliper
  • A straight edge or ruler
  • Locate the Stamping

Look for the wheel width stamping on the wheel itself. This is typically found on the inside of the wheel, often near the hub or spoke area. The stamping will be in the format "XXJ," where "XX" represents the width in inches.

Measure the Inner Edge to the Outer Edge

If you cannot locate the stamping or wish to verify the measurement, use a measuring tape or caliper to measure from the inner edge (where the tire bead sits) to the outer edge of the wheel.

Place the straight edge across the inside of the wheel, aligning it with the edge.

Measure from the inner edge to the outer edge, ensuring the tape is straight and taut.

Record the measurement in inches. This is your wheel width.

Considerations for Wheel Width

Tire Fitment

The width of your wheels will determine the range of tire sizes that can be mounted. Wider wheels allow for wider tires, which can enhance traction and handling. However, it's essential to ensure that the selected tire size is compatible with the wheel width for proper fitment.

Aesthetics and Performance

Wheel width also affects the overall look of your car. Wider wheels can give a more aggressive and sporty appearance. Additionally, they can improve cornering performance by providing a wider contact patch with the road.


Accurately measuring wheel width is a crucial step in selecting the right aftermarket wheels for your car. It ensures proper tire fitment and allows you to achieve the desired look and performance enhancements. At Velgen Wheels, we offer a wide range of high-quality aftermarket wheels designed to meet various specifications and preferences. Our team of experts is dedicated to providing exceptional products and personalized service to enhance your driving experience. Contact us today to explore our wheel selection and find the perfect wheels for your car. With Velgen Wheels, performance and style go hand in hand.

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