Early Wheel Company

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Early Wheel Company's got the wheels your car needs. Whether you need them Bare and ready to paint, Chrome, or Chrome Rim and Bare Center, we got 'em. And remember we have Rally and Smooth Center Wheels in 14", 15", and 16" configurations. And if you don't see a Hubcap or Trim Ring that you need, give us a call and we can order it for you! Click on one of the buttons below to look at Size and Price lists. Or click on one of the other links for more info on a particular section of Early Wheel Company.

How to Order & Shipping Information

To order: Give us a call with your name, shipping address (UPS will NOT ship to P.O. Boxes) and your order request. We'll need to know the specifics of your wheel size, bolt pattern, finish, cap styles, and trim ring type. We accept Discover, Visa and Mastercard. We do not ship C.O.D. California Residents please add applicable sales tax.

We ship our products using UPS GROUND. Shipping charges are for the acutal weights shipped. We do not tack on extra shipping fees or "handling" charges. We do our best to keep everything we sell in stock, and specialize in quick turnaround. We ship in new boxes sized to fit your wheel and use extra padding to ensure safe delivery.

How our Wheels are Constructed

All of our wheels are rolled from one piece of sheet steel. They are never cut apart and made wider by welding steel bands together, a process that makes truing and balancing a wheel difficult. Our bare wheels are not primed. They come to you as raw, cold-rolled steel that's ready to paint. Although we do leave them with an oily finish to prevent damage from dampness. We assemble the wheels as they're ordered. All of our wheels are hand-trued prior to the final welding of the center to the rim to assure complete accuracy. And all of our hubcaps (with the exception of the Moons) are made in Los Angeles, California, and are of superior quality and fit. The Moons are made in Taiwan, but are of the same superior quality - a perfect finish and luster that will not rust.

Wheel Backspacing Charts

All wheels may be ordered using the backspace guideline charts below, but remember to measure your installation carefully. Reversed wheels have rims tuned around on the centers which allows for less backspace and deeper front space. No additional charges for reverse wheels or special backspacing.

Backspacing for 14" Standard Wheels
Type 14" x 5.5" 14" x 6" 14" x 7"
Standard Backspace 3" 3 1/4" 3 3/4"
Minimum Backspace 3" 3 1/4" 3 3/4"
Maximum Backspace 3 7/8" 4 3/8" 5 1/4

Backspacing for 14" Reversed Wheels
Type 14" x 5.5" 14" x 6" 14" x 7"
Minimum Backspace 1 3/4" 1 3/4" 1 3/4"
Maximum Backspace 2 5/8" 3" 3 1/2"
Shipping Weight 21 lbs. 22 lbs. 24 lbs.

Backspacing for 15" Standard Wheels
Type 15" x 5" 15" x 6" 15" x 7" 15" x 8" 15" x 10" 15" x 12" 15" x 14"
Standard Backspace 2 3/4" 3 1/2" 4" 4" 4 1/2" 4 1/2" 4 1/5"
Minimum Backspace 2 1/2" 3 1/2" 3 3/4" 3 3/4" 4 1/4" 4 1/2" 4 1/2"
Maximum Backspace 3" 4 1/8" 5 1/4" 6" 7 1/2" 9 3/4" 11 3/4"

Backspacing for 15" Reversed Wheels
Type 15" x 5" 15" x 6" 15" x 7" 15" x 8" 15" x 10" 15" x 12" 15" x 14"
Minimum Backspace 2" 2" 2" 2" 2 1/2" 2" 2"
Maximum Backspace 2 5/8" 2 3/4" 3 1/8" 4 1/2" 5 3/4 7" 9"
Shipping Weight 23 lbs. 25 lbs. 27 lbs. 28 lbs. 34 lbs. 39 lbs. 43 lbs.

How to Determine your Bolt Pattern

Follow the diagram to measure. You must add 1/4" to your measurement to determine the correct bolt pattern.

  1. For Example:

  2. When x is 4 1/4", your bolt pattern is 5 lugs on 4 1/2" bolt pattern

  3. When x is 4 3/4", your bolt pattern is 5 lugs on 5" bolt pattern

  4. When x is 5 1/4", your bolt pattern is 5 lugs on 5 1/2" bolt pattern


How to Determine what Wheel Size fits your Vehicle

Following is a simple method to determine what size wheel will fit your vehicle. This method will work on both stock front and/or rear ends, or those that have been modified (widened or narrowed).

Let's say you want an 8" wheel in back and 6" in front. (1) Jack up your front or rear end and remove the wheel. (2) Cut a strip of wood 9" long (overall width of proposed 8" wheel) and hold the wood in the fender where you know the wheel would clear everything (allow about 1" clearance on either side for "tire bulge"). (3) The amount of wood that extends back past the drum/rotor face would be the backspace to order. (4) Try the same at the front with a 7" wood strip (overall width for a 6" wheel) to determine the backspace and clearance at the front.