1992-1996 Bronco Wheel Offset Guide

Created by Jay Walling / 4 min read
Date Created: 9/2/2022
Last Updated: 10/10/2023

When searching for an aftermarket wheel for your 1992-1996 Bronco, it is important to get the backspacing, offset, and center bore correct. This helpful Bronco wheel offset chart will steer you in the right direction when selecting your new set of wheels for your Mustang.

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  • 1992-1996 Bronco Wheel Offset Guide

Bronco Wheel Offset

The correct wheel offset and backspace are paramount to your vehicle's performance and overall appearance! We’ve all seen those Broncos or other vehicles where the wheels are sunk into the wheel wells, looking like spare tires on all four corners. Nobody wants that. We’ve also seen Broncos with what appears to be wide wheels installed when in reality, the wheel and tire combo has the wrong specs! Ultimately, wheel placement on your Bronco is critical for looks and the best overall handling and performance!

When you follow manufacturers’ specifications on offset and backspacing, you can have improved off-road handling, less stress on suspension components, and even wider wheel widths can be installed for the highly sought-after staggered look on your Ford Bronco or other vehicles!

How to measure wheel offset:

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The offset of a Bronco wheel is the distance from the hub mounting surface (where the wheel bolts to the hub) to the wheel's centerline. By centerline of the wheel, we mean that if you were to split the wheel's width in half, it would be directly in the middle of the barrel of the wheel. This is an important measurement to keep an eye on when choosing your next set of Bronco wheels. There is a fine line between too much and too little offset. If this is improperly calculated, the overall wear/tear on tires, bearings, and suspension can suffer. The wheel offset is measured in millimeters and is calculated in three different ways:

The Three Types of Offset

Negative Offset: The hub mounting surface is closer to the back portion of the wheel. This will result in greater clearance for aftermarket suspension and will provide you with a wider overall stance
Zero Offset: The hub mounting surface is even with the centerline of the wheel.
Positive Offset: The hub mounting surface is closer to the face of the wheel. This will result in extra fender and quarter panel clearance to help eliminate tire rubbing problems.

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OBS Bronco Wheel Backspacing

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The Bronco wheel backspacing is measured from the back portion of the wheel to the hub surface of the wheel, where it bolts to the SUV. Backspacing is always measured in inches and is closely related to the offset, meaning that when you change one, it immediately affects the other.

This is extremely important because it determines the distance between the wheel and the wheel well. This dimension also will directly affect how much the wheel will stick out past the fender or how far the wheel will sink into the fender well. You can measure a wheel’s backspacing by running a straight edge across the wheel bead and dropping another straight edge down to the wheel face; then, grab a measuring tape or ruler and measure the distance. This may be easier performed with two rulers.

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OBS Bronco Bolt Patterns

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The bolt pattern is the diameter of the circle made by the centers of your Bronco's wheel lugs. Ford used several different options with offset and backspacing over the years, depending on the year and model of your Bronco! The list below will cover the details and differences of the wheel offset and backspacing and wheel size, stud size, and center bore. When selecting wheels from LMR, you never have to worry about buying the wrong wheel with incorrect bolt patterns! We only offer the correct specifications needed for a hassle-free installation! Common OEM bolt patterns include 5X139.7mm for 5-lug 1992-1996 Broncos.

Year Stock Wheel Size Stock Bolt Pattern Stud Size Center Bore Offset
1992 15X6" 5"x139.7mm 1/2"x20mm 87.1mm +14mm
1993 15X6" 5"x139.7mm 1/2"x20mm 87.1mm +14mm
1994 15X6" 5"x139.7mm 1/2"x20mm 87.1mm +14mm
1995 15X7" 5"x139.7mm 1/2"x20mm 87.1mm +35mm
1996 15X7" 5"x139.7mm 1/2"x20mm 87.1mm +35mm

Having the proper knowledge before you purchase aftermarket wheels for your SUV can save you not only money but will save valuable time and reduce frustration! We want to clear the air and note that these provided specs revolve around OEM Broncos. These specs can change dramatically if an aftermarket lift, wheels, or larger tires have been incorporated. Though this article highlights the Ford Bronco, anyone can learn from this priceless content when upgrading your car, truck, or SUV!

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Jay has written content for Late Model Restoration for over 10 years, producing over 120 articles. Jay has an extensive 25-plus-year background in automotive and is a certified Ford Technician. Read more...