How to Stance Your Car
What is Stance?
In the car community, stance is, by definition, “aggressive fitment” of wheels and tires combined with lowering your car to achieve this look. Stance is basically the way a car sits.
How to Achieve Aggressive Fitment of Wheels and Tires
You achieve aggressive fitment by utilizing stretched tires, low offset, and wide wheels. In order to tuck your tires into your fenderwell and have your wheels sit flush with the fender line, you need to have a stretched tire. The amount of stretch you do with the tire is up to you. The terms “flush,” “hellaflush,” and “poke” come into play. They all mean the same thing. And generally, it means that the vehicle is using aggressive fitment of wheels and tires.
How to Complete the Look by Lowering Your Car
The aforementioned only involves wheels and tires. To take it to the next level, you’ll need to do some kind of suspension tweaking so that the wheels and tires will sit flush with your fender (or out, if you choose). When we tweak the suspension, we’re often talking about lowering or dropping the vehicle. There are two main options and many prefer one over the other.
The first option for lowering your car is coilovers. True coilovers in the industry are “static” vehicles. Once you utilize a coilover suspension setup, your vehicle is set at that particular ride height. The look of being flush or hellaflush and achieving some kind of “poke” is harder to achieve with this option. You will earn more respect in the community by going this route, but it’s definitely harder to achieve. A down side to coilovers is that they limit where you can drive your vehicle. Speed bumps become a problem, as well as daily obstacles such as driveways.
The second is air suspension. This is commonly termed “bags,” or “air bags,” or even “air ride.” Airbags are a great option because you can raise and lower your car to your desired height when encountering an obstacle. You can also achieve a better level of flush because you can lower your car more this way than with coilovers. Read more about air ride suspension here.
How Much Does it Cost to Stance a Car?
This depends on the method that you're using to stance your car. Stancing involves wheels, tires, and suspension; the combination of the three creates the look you're going for. So it's very important to plan accordingly on just the exact look you want to achieve.
Coming up with a cost is premature because it's a matter of personal taste, especially with the wheels and tires. Some may like to have 18" wheels as opposed to 22" wheels. Some choose to go with different profile tires, also. So it's a matter of taste.
Some choose to want to tuck the wheels into the wheel well, while others want the lip of the wheels to poke out. Others want to have the lip of the wheels just sit flush to the fender. It all depends on what you're looking for.
Example of a Car With Poke
In this example of an Audi, the wheel rim is poking out. This type of look can be achieved via coilovers or airbags, the correct sized wheel, and a stretched tire.
Example of a Car with Flushed Wheels
In this example of a Civic, the wheels are flushed with the fender of the car. This is an awesome look! Achieving this look can be accomplished with the correct suspension (air or coilovers) the correct sized and offset wheel, and wheel spacers.
Example of a Car With Tucked Wheels
In this example of a Mazda, you see the rear wheels tucked in to the fender well. This can be achieved via coilovers or airbags and adjusting the rear camber.
With this Lexus LS example, the only way you'd achieve that negative camber look would be with air suspension.
Which Cars to Use for Creating That Stanced Look?
Basically, it’s personal preference in the suspension setup you use. Air suspension will cost more, but achieve a better-desired look. And to achieve the desired level of poke or flushness in the wheels, it’s also up to the person. When you combine wheel offset, a stretched tire, and a suspension utilizing coilover or airbags, you have achieved STANCE!
Audi S5 with AccuAir Bags on Vossen wheels
VW MK6 with AirRex Suspension
Audi A4 on Airlift Suspension
Are you STATIC (on coilovers) or on AIR (airbags)?
What do you think of the "stance" trend?
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