Wheels are a great place to start in terms of 370Z modifications. Not only can they dramatically improve the look of your car, but they also provide performance benefits as well. Aftermarket wheels can reduce unsprung weight and open up wider tire options. The 370Z can run a wide variety of wheels in many sizes and widths, same with tires.
The Z34 chassis uses a 5×114.3 bolt pattern, which happens to be a very common spec in the US. While there are other considerations to take into account like wheel width and diameter, there are a ton of 370Z wheels on the market. That includes both OEM and aftermarket options. We’re going to share some of our favorites, both from a performance and aesthetic standpoint.
Wheel Fitment & Considerations
There are some important things to consider when deciding on aftermarket 370Z wheels. Most of those considerations involve sizing and weight. It is also important that you do thorough research about the manufacturer of your wheel of choice. Wheels are the last thing that you want to fail on your car. While there are plenty of reputable manufacturers out there, some suppliers use subpar materials or unreliable manufacturing methods to produce their wheels.
One of the most commonly researched questions surrounding 370Z wheel fitment is whether they will clear the upgraded Akebono brake kit found on the Sport and NISMO 370Z models. A lot of base models owners often swap to the big brake kit as well. While they are a great option, they are also massive and can interfere with new wheel options.
It is tricky to say whether a particular wheel will clear the Akebono calipers, as it depends on the wheel’s style, offset, and overall size. The best way to confirm fitment is by using a printable diagram that you can fold and cut. To make sure that the measurement is accurate, you’ll need to print out the diagram at 100% scale. You then cut out the shape of the template, including the caliper, bell, and disc. You can then use the template to measure the distance from your wheel’s hub and see if there are any fitment issues.
If you want detailed instructions on how to do this, check out this write-up on racetechnologies.com. If you aren’t able to see the wheels in person before purchasing them, you can compare the measurements on the diagram with a wheel specification diagram provided by the manufacturer.
Weight is also another important characteristic. Typically, this doesn’t matter so much if you don’t do any performance driving. With that being said, even a casual driver can recognize the performance enhancement from lighter wheels. Because wheels count as both rotational and unsprung weight, reducing their weight can have some of the most dramatic effects.
Performance benefits from lighter wheels come in the form of better handling characteristics, faster braking, and marginally better gas mileage. The lighter the wheels the better. Once again, it might not be the reason that the majority of enthusiasts choose to swap wheels, but it is another important reason.
Sizing is unquestionably the most important consideration that you need to pay attention to when purchasing new 370Z wheels. It is pretty easy to find wheels that fit a Z34 due to their abnormally wide wheel arches, especially in the rear.
Since the 370Z has much wider arches in the rear than in the front, staggered setups are far more common than square setups. Having a staggered set of wheels means that the front and rear wheels have different sizing specifications. A square setup means that the front and rear wheels are the same diameter and width. While not as common, there are a few square setup options available.
Before we jump into common sizing specs for aftermarket options, we’ll go over stock 370Z wheel sizing first.
370Z Stock Wheel Specs:
- 18×8 +43 front, 18×9 +15mm rear
- 225-50-18/245-45-18 Yokohama ADVAN Sport
- 17×4 spare, T145/80D17
- 19×9 +47 front, 19×10 +30 rear
- 245-40-19/275-35-19 Bridgestone Potenza
- 18×4 spare, T145/70R18
- 19×9.5 +40, 19×10.5 +23
- 245-40-19/285-35-19 Yokohama ADVAN Sport
- 18×4 spare, T145/70R18
Nissan 370Z Wheel Setups for Daily Driving
Mild Staggered Daily Setup
This setup is a good option for someone looking for OEM+ fitment, as it isn’t too much different than stock fitment. However, with 10.5” in the back, you’ll be able to run bigger rubber, giving you a traction advantage. Most 370Z owners who run this setup state that no modification is required to achieve flush fitment. A slight drop via coilovers or lowering springs is recommended but not required.
Mid-Range Staggered Daily Setup
Like the above setup, this slightly more aggressive setup calls for 9.5” wheels in the front and 10.5” wheels in the rear. Where this setup differs is front and rear wheel diameter. Some 370Z enthusiasts find 18” wheels to be too small from an aesthetic standpoint. This setup is a good choice for those looking for visually larger wheels that fill up the arches a bit better. This setup can also be run without any additional modifications.
Aggressive Staggered Daily Setup
This setup is pushing the boundaries for a daily-driven setup. With 11” wheels in the back, those rear arches will be nice and full. This setup also features 19” wheel diameters all around, which will look better with a stock suspension setup than 18” wheels. While this setup will look mean regardless of your suspension, it will look best with a slight drop to close the wheel gap.
Square Daily Wheel Setup
There are a couple of benefits to running a square set up over a staggered one. Square setups are much more tire-budget friendly, as they allow you to rotate your tires both side to side, but also front to rear. While you might sacrifice a small amount of grip during performance driving, square setups often have better handling balance.
In the case of this setup for the 370Z in particular, you will need spacers in the rear to push the rear tires out a bit to fill the arches better. Most Z34 owners that run this setup claim that a 20mm spacer on the rear wheels should do the job.
Nissan 370Z Wheel Setups / Performance Focused
Now that we’re getting into some more aggressive setups for the Nissan 370Z, additional modifications are either highly recommended or required depending on specs. At this point, rolled fenders are a necessity to fit higher diameter wheels with wider tires and higher offsets.
Mild Staggered Performance Setup
This is a great setup for a balance between performance and appearance, leaning more towards the performance side of things. With 9.5” wide wheels in the front and 11” wheels in the rear, you’ll be able to fit a good range of tires in very common sizes. Once again, you’ll likely need to roll your fenders to run this setup without rubbing.
Mid-Range Staggered Performance Setup
If 18s just aren’t cutting it from an aesthetic standpoint on your performance build, this might be the setup for your Z. While this setup retains the same wheel widths as the above setup, front and rear diameter is bumped by an inch to 19.” The increased wheel diameter might make tires with a beefier sidewall hard to fit in terms of fender clearance, so be wary of that.
Extreme Fitment Setup
This setup strays away from the term “performance” and is more focused on appearance. When you get into 20” and 21” wheels on a 370Z, a lot of attention needs to be paid to suspension setup and clearance. Most 370Z owners running this setup are either on highly tuned coilover suspension or air suspension. There isn’t a lot of information out there as to whether you can run this setup with stock suspension, but I would advise against it.
Our Favorite Nissan 370Z Aftermarket Wheels
Now that we’ve covered the basics, now’s where we get into the fun stuff. As we have already covered, there’s pretty much an endless amount of 370Z wheels out there to choose from. Once you have considered size, weight, and build quality, wheel selection boils down to style. Some people prefer lower spoke count wheels, while others prefer multi-spoke wheels. At the end of the day, it boils down to your own personal taste.
In the next part of this guide, we’ll cover a good mix of wheel styles at a variety of price ranges.
1) Enkei RPF1
Price: $352.80 / Wheel
Enkei RPF1’s are perhaps the most common wheel in the JDM community. That’s because they truly do look good on everything. They are also extremely light as they are made entirely out of aluminum. Enkei is a very reputable brand in the aftermarket wheel community and is known for making high-quality, yet understated wheels. The RPF1 truly exemplifies that philosophy.
Enkei constructs the RPF1 using an advanced casting/forging process that they call the M.A.T. process. The process combines one-piece cast wheel technology with a rim forming technology called the spinning process. In combination, the result is an extremely lightweight and durable wheel.
Since RPF1s are mostly made for performance applications, they only come in diameters up to 18.” If you are looking for flashy, aesthetics-focused, wheels for a stance build, these probably aren’t the wheels for you. However, for those that are okay with running 18’s, there isn’t a better option that blends aesthetics with performance quite like RPF1s.
2) Forgestar F14
Price: $355.00 – $500.00 / Wheel
These are truly another Nissan 370Z classic. Like the Enkei’s listed above, Forgestar has a similar goal in mind: providing a high-quality wheel that blends solid performance with a sleek design. That’s exactly what they accomplished with the F14. In terms of construction, the F14s are made from flow-formed aluminum, making them lightweight and strong.
Forgestar is extremely dedicated to customer satisfaction and that shows with the F14. They are 100% tailored from beginning to end. This only means that each wheel is of bespoke construction, meeting all of the exact characteristics that you need for your 370Z, including customizable size, offset, finish, and width.
The 7 split-spoke design is one that suits the Nissan 370Z perfectly. They are also a concave wheel, available in 4 different levels of concave intensity. Unlike the RPF1s, the Forgestars come in diameters between 17” and 22,” making them a great option for pretty much any 370Z build.
3) Cosmis Racing XT-206R-FF
Price: $350.00 / Wheel
While Cosmis might not carry the same amount of brand recognition as Enkei or Work, they still manufacture some pretty solid wheels at an affordable price. We picked the flow-formed version of the XT-206R for a couple of reasons. Like both of the above-listed wheels, the XT-206R-FF benefits from the same perks of flow-formed wheel construction. That includes a lightweight and extremely durable construction.
Cosmis states that the flow-formed version of the XT-206Rs was designed specifically to accommodate factory big brake kits, so if you are running Akebono brakes, rejoice!
4) Work Emotion CR Kiwami
Purchase Here: systemmotorsports.com
Work is truly in a league of their own when it comes to high-quality, good-looking wheels. The entire Work Emotion line is extremely popular, especially on JDM vehicles. The “Kiwami” is the latest addition in the Emotion lineup and utilizes Work’s newest Flowforming technology. By this point, you already know what the benefits of flow forming are, so I’ll spare the details. Just know that Work is known for using high-quality materials and the latest wheel construction methods. They’ll treat you well.
In terms of sizing, Work has you covered. Emotion CR Kiwamis come in 15,” 16,” 17,” 18,” and 19” diameters, meaning that there’s an option for pretty much any application. They also come in four different colors, including white, bronze, black, and silver. If you are looking for a split 5-spoke wheel with pedigree, look no further.