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How to Stance Your Car

Updated on April 28, 2018
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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.

This is a mildly stretched tire.  The wheel rim slightly pokes out but is still parallel and flush with the fender.
This is a mildly stretched tire. The wheel rim slightly pokes out but is still parallel and flush with the fender.
This is a great example of a stanced vehicle. This Nissan 350Z looks great! As you will notice, the wheel rim sits almost flush with the fender.
This is a great example of a stanced vehicle. This Nissan 350Z looks great! As you will notice, the wheel rim sits almost flush with the fender.
This Nissan 350Z is slightly different.  The wheel rim is slightly tucked under the rear fender.  This is a "mild" example of being flush and tucked.
This Nissan 350Z is slightly different. The wheel rim is slightly tucked under the rear fender. This is a "mild" example of being flush and tucked.

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.

Coilover Suspension

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.

Air Suspension

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 ANY car can be stanced. If you want to run air or coilover suspension, it's your choice, but when combining with methods used here, ANY car will look dope. Here's just a short list of popular stanced cars and some great project cars that would benefit from the 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

Airrunner Japan

VW MK6 with AirRex Suspension

Audi A4 on Airlift Suspension

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      17 months ago

      Ugliest science experiment seen on a car. Clueless new generation kids.

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      Kyriakos Karas 

      2 years ago from Drama, Greece

      A stanced car sure looks great. But I m not a fan of flushed wheels. They make the car look "un-balanced"..

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      2 years ago from Indore

      I appreciate your blog post you have done by providing such kind of valuable information about cars. I visit your blog daily. There is very precious information is present on your blog.

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      Aahana Singh 

      2 years ago from Gurgoaon

      Nice Post

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      Mechanics Guy 

      2 years ago from NY

      Very useful article

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      2 years ago

      Nice article but would be nice to have info on rolling fenders to tuck wider wheels.

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      3 years ago

      They dont make s2000 anymore sadly

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      4 years ago

      Nice article

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      4 years ago

      Awesome post guy #thumbs up. So i just wanted to find out something...for instance your stuck with a wheel that isn't much wide, can you perhaps change the tires for a slimmer tire and stretch those? to get the look?

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      4 years ago from Los Angeles

      Love the VIP style. My IS is on air suspension and is cambered out. Very informative.

    • GabeRonquillo profile image

      Gabe Ronquillo 

      4 years ago from East Bay, California.

      I'm not really into the 'stance' scene, however, you should mention that fenders often need to be modified in order to fit more aggressive fitments. Rolling the fender is probably one of the first things you'd want to do prior to mounting any aggressive wheel or tire fitment. Whether you're running 215s or 255s on a 9j, rolling is almost always going to be necessary.

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      5 years ago from Los Angeles

      my dream is to get a stance S2000.

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      5 years ago from Los Angeles

      basically stance = lower the car and keep it classy

    • jaydawg808 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      I'm pretty sure that this "jacob" doesn't know how to read very well....I clearly state what is a Civic and what is a Mazda....oh well. Education...get one!

    • tirelesstraveler profile image

      Judy Specht 

      5 years ago from California

      This was completely new to me . Fascinating.

    • AvineshP profile image

      Avinesh Prahladi 

      5 years ago from Chandigarh

      I agree with Kent Clarke's comment, the stance surely is the in thing... I will do anything to make my ride this hip and cool.

    • newusedcarssacram profile image


      6 years ago from Sacramento, CA, U.S.A

      I really like stance cars, I also appreciate that you shared so many details.

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      Jane Katigbak 

      6 years ago from Philippines

      They can really make a boring car look flashy. You don't even have to add decals to the car. Nice post! Voted up!

    • skylarboo profile image


      6 years ago from San Diego, California

      Love the look of these cars

    • newusedcarssacram profile image


      6 years ago from Sacramento, CA, U.S.A

      Stance is a very cool look for a car, especially with sports cars.

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      Kent Clarke 

      6 years ago from Aventura FL

      Its all about the stance. Awesome post


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