How to Install Wheels

Posted on July 31, 2020

Getting new wheels can be really exciting. But the work doesn't stop after your purchase. In today's guide, we'll show you how to install your new wheels!


1. Mounting and Balancing


first things first, you need to have tires on those wheels. If you haven't found a new set of tires, fill out our form and we'll pick some out for you! If you already ordered a wheel and tire package with us, feel free to skip this step since our wheel and tire packages come mounted, balanced, and shipped right to your door completely for free!

Once you get your tires, you're going to need to get them mounted to your new wheels. Set up an appointment to get your tires mounted and balanced by a local tire shop so you can have them ready to go onto your car safely! 


2. Removing the Old Wheel


Once you have your tires mounted to your wheels, it's time to start taking off your old wheels and tires. Find the correct socket size to fit your lug nuts and grab an impact gun or lug wrench and start taking your lug nuts off. They don't have to come off in any particular order, just be careful when using an impact gun as the lug nuts may come off and be hot enough to burn you. Once your lug nuts are removed, your wheel should come off easily.

If for some reason your wheel is still stuck on the car, try hitting or kicking the sidewall of the tire. Occasionally, wheels will get stuck on and need a little bit of force to be removed. One swift kick to the sidewall should be enough to break the wheel loose from the hub.


3. Installing the New Wheel


While you have the wheel off, this is a good time to check your brakes for wear as well as any suspension components that may be worn or damaged. Now you're free to grab your new wheel and slide the wheel studs through the mounting holes. Start threading your lug nuts on by hand. Make sure to get them in good ways before using an impact gun. This will lessen the chance of damaging your wheel studs. Once you have them threaded on a decent amount by hand, grab your impact gun and thread them all the way on. But wait! Before you start just zipping them on, there's a process. Go in a star pattern when you're tightening your lug nuts. This allows the wheel to be mounted evenly. Start with the bottom right lug nut, then the top left, then top right, bottom left, far right, far left. Repeat step 3 for all remaining wheels. Tighten until they don't move anymore but be careful not to overtighten.

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4. Torquing


Great job! Your new wheels are on! Go ahead and lower your car back down to the ground, but we're not done yet. Make sure to look up the proper torque specifications for your wheels. Torquing your wheels ensures that they're on securely. Most vehicles have different torque specs so it's important to do your research before torquing your wheels. Once you've found your specs, grab your torque wrench, set it, and start torquing in the same star-shaped pattern that we did when putting the wheels on.


5. Retorquing


You're done! You can officially drive on your new wheels! Keep in mind, most wheels require that you retorque them after 50 miles of driving. Just repeat step 4 to retorque them when the time comes and enjoy your new wheels!


Hop.efully, this helped answer some of your questions or concerns about installing new wheels!