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Wheel Installation



By purchasing alloy wheels and or tires from Wheel Replicas you are fully responsible for the fitting and installation of these alloy wheels and or tires correctly. Performance Tire LLC / Wheel Replicas does not take any responsibility for incorrectly fitted alloy wheels or tires, and as such are not liable for any claims. We highly recommend that in order to ensure the safe use of your alloy wheels and tires that you follow our Alloy Wheel Installation Check List Below:

Before fitting tires on all aftermarket wheels you MUST check:

  • The stud/bolt hole pattern is correct.
  • That the alloy wheel fits freely on to the hub without interference, and that there are no screws, rivets or retaining clips which may interfere with a firm flat location of the hub against the wheel mounting face.
  • That the alloy wheel rotates freely and truly on both front and rear hubs.
  • When fastened to the hub, that no part of the wheel can make contact with the brake drums or callipers; or any other part of the steering or suspension.

Check Nuts/Bolts: Correct fitting is vital BE SURE:

  • That the thread form is correct (fits nuts without alloy wheels).
  • That the nut/bolt location seating is correct.
  • That the stud length is adequate for minimum thread penetration of approximately 1 x stud diameter and not too long as to permit bottoming of the stud in the nut or that the thread penetration of the bolt protrudes through the hub housing to cause damage to internal brake or hub components.
  • That the threads are rust free, and not over lubricated
  • When sleeve nuts are used, that the shank diameter is correct and that the bearing washers are always used.

When Fitting the Tire Make Sure:

  • That the alloy wheel rim size is compatible with tire size.
  • Be Wary of scratching the protective clear coating. (On aluminium wheels and some chrome wheels) Aluminium corrodes very easily once exposed to atmosphere, water, road salt or corrosive acid based alloy wheel cleaners and chemicals.
  • Where possible always use the adhesive (tape) type of balance weight, as these help to avoid scratching of the alloy wheel finish.
  • We strongly recommend touchless mounting machines and high speed dynamic style balancing.

Finally Check:

That the alloy wheel and tire assembly does not contact any part of the suspension, body work or internal hub components (brakes, sensors etc) by carrying out full bump and lock to lock tests as well as a full visual inspection of the back / hub section of the alloy wheel fixing assembly before driving away from the fitting bay.

Do not take risks - Wheel Security is vital check with us or your installer if you have any doubts.

We would also recommend that after a period of around 25miles that you check your wheels to ensure security as some alloy wheels may need time to seat in correctly.