All Minilite wheels are low-pressure die cast, heat-treated, pressure tested, batch x-rayed and then machined using the latest computer-controlled equipment, before being finished with a three-layer of powder coat (primer, color, and protective clear-coat).

Machining activities include setting the bolt pattern and the offset; the current range of sizes and offsets are captured in the following table:

Offset is typically a measurement that causes confusion… the offset is calculated as the distance between the centerline of the wheel and the backface of the hub:

  • A backface in line with the center of the wheel has zero offset.

  • If the backface is away from the centerline towards the front of the wheel it has a positive offset.

  • If the backface is away from the centerline towards the back of the wheel it has a negative offset.

Offset can be calculated simply by subtracting half of the total wheel width from the backspace:

  • total wheel width is the distance from outer edge to outer edge (not the stated wheel width, which is measured from bead seat to bead seat)

  • Backspace is the distance from the rear outer edge to the mounting face of the wheel hub



Wheel Width Offset (ET) Back Space
 inches   mm    inches    mm 

Use the TAB key to move between the fields then the ARROW keys to select the values
(SHIFT+TAB reverses direction of selection) or use the MOUSE to select from the Drop Down Boxes

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