Stance 101

Stance is a type of car customization that usually involves adjusting offsets (low or high), camber and ride height or having wider wheels, stretched tires and fender rolling. 

Wheel and Tire Fitment 

The desired look is to have the wheels sit flush with the fender. Typically this look is achieved by using a wide wheel or rims and stretching the tire to fit to give the tire a low profile. The amount of stretch that the tire has is dependent on the desired look. Tucked, flushed and poked are common examples. A tucked  look is when the wheel and tire are tucked under the fender and into the fender well of the car. A flushed look is when the wheel and tire align with the fender lines of the car, giving a seamless look with the body lines. A poked look is achieved by overstretching the tires to the lowest profile possible and the rim sticks out away from the tire. A wheel spacer can be added to push the wheel out a certain distance. Click here for a wide variety of wheels in every style, color and size to match your needs. 


Offset refers to how the wheels are mounted and sit in the wheel wells (AKA “ET”). The offset number is the distance in mm from the center of the wheel to the wheel mounting surface. The wheel can have positive, zero, or negative offset. 


Positive Offset

A positive offset means that the hub mounting surface is on the street side of the wheel center.


Zero Offset

Zero Offset means that the mounting surface is at the wheel center. It is hard to achieve a stance with exactly a zero offset, so this can sometimes be fixed with wheel spacers which will be explained later.


Negative Offset

Negative offset means that the mounting surface is further in towards the car than the wheel center. This gives the rims a deep look.


The next step in obtaining the desired stance is to lower the car. This is achieved by making changes to the suspension. The wheels will line up either flush or tucked with the fender. Click here for all your suspension needs.


Lowering Springs

A cost efficient way to drop the car is to install lowering springs. The downside is that the height cannot be adjusted. The typical drop caused by installing lowering springs is 1-1.5 inches. 


Coilover Suspension

One of the most popular choices for adjusting a car’s height is by installing a coilover suspension. While they do cost more than the lowering springs, they offer you the ability to adjust height, damper and stiffness. 


The last part of setting up a proper stance is the camber of the wheels. Camber is the vertical angle of the wheels which can range from a slight angle to align with the fenders to a much larger angle. Camber plates and lower control arms are required. Click here for all your camber and suspension adjustment needs.


Camber Bolts

The first option is to install camber bolts. These attach into the control arms (the product will list if it is meant for the front or rear).  The ones pictured here are adjustable to 14 mm.


Camber Kit 

Another option is to use an adjustable camber kit which allows you to fine tune the camber.