What does ET 32 mean for wheels?

Wheel markings explained ET35 is the offset – the distance of the hub mounting surface to the wheel’s symmetry axle expressed in millimetres.

What does offset ET32 mean?

The wheels will appear to be tucked in more. Adding spacers to ET45 can get you out to ET32. The higher the value of the ET (offset), the more the outside edge of the wheel will be tucked in towards center. So, lower ET will make the stance wider, and the wheels will appear to stick out more. Hope that helps.

What is ET35 offset?

In Europe it is usually written as ET35 etc. Making sure you have the correct offset is important as it will affect where your wheel sits in relation to your vehicle. A high positive offset means the wheel will sit further inside the wheel and might rub up against the brakes or suspension.

What is rim size ET?

Share. Offset is usually stamped or engraved into the wheel and is measured in millimetres of ‘ET’ [ET is the short form of the German word ‘Einpresstiefe’ which literally translates as ‘insertion depth’] Positive Offset wheels have their mounting face toward the front face of the wheel.

How is ET offset measured?


  1. Lay the wheel/tire assembly on the floor and place a straight edge across the tire.
  2. Measure the distance from the floor to the straight edge and divide by two.
  3. Measure the distance from the floor to the straight edge and divide by two.

Is 5 mm offset a big difference?

Removing 5mm of offset usually is not a big deal if the rim/tire width is the same. Adding offset pushes your wheels in, which means you have to worry about rubbing your suspension. Odds are it’d fit fine, but it’s hard to say for sure.

Do I want negative or positive offset?

Wheel Backspacing Correct backspacing allows enough room for the suspension, brake, and steering systems to operate without interference from the wheel. Positive offset creates more backspace, while negative offset reduces backspace.

Are wheel spacers safe?

Are Wheel Spacers Safe to Use? Because a vehicle’s weight is not sustained by its wheel studs, the use of wheel spacers is generally considered to be safe. A vehicle’s wheels are actually held to their corresponding hubs with a clamping force that is achieved through the tightening of each wheel’s lug nuts.

Do wheel spacers destroy bearings?

Secondly, installing wheel spacers on a car increases the leverage on the wheel bearing. The larger the spacer, the larger the leverage becomes. This reduces the life of the wheel bearing as they are not made to take leverage forces and can therefore wear faster, increasing rolling resistance and power loss of the car.