Stancing and Fitment: A JDM Art
Stancing is defined as the ‘aggressive fitment’ of wheels and tyres combined with a great deal of car lowering to quite literally make your car look like it’s sitting on its wheels. This is typically achieved without practicality in mind, as stancing represents a large culture that puts form far above function.
If you are interested in achieving the stanced look,you will need to actually know what makes the car sits that way. The whole aggressive wheels and tyre fitment is achieved by stretching tyres, a low wheel offset and inhumanly wide wheels. Stretching tyres aren’t a good idea, which is why the whole stancing idea is dissed upon, and you can expect insane tyre wear if you try to daily drive a stanced car.
With that, you also need plenty of negative camber, not the kind racing cars use to aid in handling, the kind that makes it visually apparent. You will have achieved majority of the look by now, with the last step being arguably one of the most expensive step, lowering your car. There are many, many methods to lower your car, and I’ll draw some of the more popular examples.
Coilovers are a popular choice. In fact, many race cars use coilovers to help in handling thanks to how easy coilovers are to tune, a good set of coilovers can run you a pretty penny, but it is indeed one of the best ways to go about stancing your car. The other option, also an improving technology, are airbags.
Airbags, or air suspensions weren’t that popular back in the days, because of how spartan the technology was, it used to make a car ride terrible. But nowadays, some cars are actually daily driven on airbags, some even comment that air bags ride like a normal vehicle. One major advantage of airbags are that they can change car height on the go, with the press of a button, and a lower height can be achieved with them than with conventional coilovers., if they intrigue you, you should read up on them.
One good goal to go for when you ask how much you should stance your car is what they call ‘flush’, which means that the wheels, as the name suggests, sits completely flush with the line of your wheel wells. This is a good starting point, as it’s not too much camber to cause you major headaches, and just enough to give you that proper stanced look.
The costs of stancing your car can vary a lot depending on how you decide to go on it. It can cost a ton, if you want huge wheels paired with expensive suspensions, or very little if you go for the cheaper route, I should warn that repercussions come with the cheap route though, however, if you are dipping the waters with a cheap car to boot, it might be the better way to go. Stancing is all about the community, and you might not be well-received, but everyone must start somewhere, don’t we?