How to Get Wheels/Tires in 7 Days to Die

This short guide is going to show players how to get wheels in 7 Days to Die. As they are part of every vehicle that you can craft in 7 Days to Die, getting wheels is going to be essential for fast travel in the game. We will go over 2 different ways that you can get wheels including screenshots and images to help you get wheels as quick as possible!

How to Get Wheels

There are two different ways that you can get wheels in 7 Days to Die. You can find wheels as loot in the world or you can craft wheels on your own through the crafting menu. Read on to find out how you can craft tires and where you can find tires as loot in the world.

The in-game tool-tip for wheels

The in-game tool-tip for the wheel item reads “A part ised for crafting a vehicle.”

Get Wheels as Loot

The easiest way you can get wheel in 7 Days to Die is by finding wheels as loot in the game. If you’ve traveled the map far enough, you’ll notice old wheels lying around the ground. These wheels can be just sitting on their own or stacked up in a pile. You can break these wheels down for a chance to get yourself an actual wheel. Check the image below if you don’t know what I’m talking about.

Old tires can be broken up to find wheels in 7 Days to Die
Break apart old tires for a chance at getting a wheel

You can use a tool to break apart this to get guaranteed plastic and possibly a wheel if you’re lucky enough. Getting a wheel through this method relies on chance as it isn’t guaranteed that a wheel will drop every time you break apart one of these old tires. Use a pickaxe or stone axe on these to break them apart. You will notice a little wheel symbol appear on the bottom left of the screen if you were successful in getting a wheel.

You can also just simply loot some areas and find wheels. Going to places like mechanic workshops and gas stations throughout the map is your best chance for this. Explore gas stations and loot all of the containers inside for a good chance to find some wheels of your own.

Crafting a Wheel in 7 Days to Die

If you aren’t one for chance you can also craft your very own wheels. It is a lot harder to gather all of the necessary materials in order to craft wheels but at least this is a guaranteed chance that you will get wheels. To craft your own wheels, to begin with you will have to unlock a certain perk through leveling up. The first level of the Grease Monkey perk will allow the character to craft their own wheels on hand. you don’t even need a workbench in order to craft wheels. You can find the Grease Monkey perk through the Intellect skill tree.

The materials required to craft a wheel in 7 Days to Die
You can craft your own wheels in 7 Days to Die

You will need the following items in order to craft 1 wheel:

  • 2 Forged Iron: Obtained through the Forge
  • 16 Scrap Polymer: Break apart plastic items to get this. You can break up old tires as the method above states to get this item
  • Oil: Break apart cars and loot gas stations
  • Coal: Break apart large coal rocks found on the surface in order to obtain coal
  • Bottle of Acid: Found in some kitchen counters and in gas stations

You will need to find all of these items in order to just craft 1 wheel. Quite a lot of things to loot. You should always try to get wheels as loot whenever you walk past an old wheel on the road.

What Are Wheels Used For in 7 Days to Die?

Now that we know how to get wheels what are you going to do with them? There are a range of different vehicles that the player can craft in 7 Days to Die which all need wheels in order to craft them. Wheels are part of the crafting recipes for every single vehicle. Using wheels, alongside a range of other parts, materials and items, the player is able to make 4 land-based vehicles and 1 that is capable of flying and movement on land.

The 4×4 is one of the vehicles the player can craft in 7 Days to Die after they have gotten wheels

All of the vehicles that can be crafted in 7 Days to Die are:


The most basic vehicle you can craft is the bicycle. You don’t need a workbench for this one.

You’ll need 2 wheels.

The bicycle in 7 Days to Die


The minibike is the next vehicle you can make. This one is somewhere in between a bicycle and a motorcycle. you’ll need fuel to drive it.

The minibike also requires 2 wheels to craft.

The minibike in 7 Days to Die


The next vehicle on the list is the Motorcycle. Another 2-wheeled bike, the Motorcycle is a big upgrade from minibike.

The Motorcycle in 7 Days to Die

4×4 Truck:

The first vehicle that has more than two wheels is the 4×4 truck. This vehicle is great at driving through the hordes.

The 4×4 Truck requires 4 wheels in order to craft it.

The 4x4 truck in 7 Days to Die


The Gyrocopter is the only flying vehicle than can be crafted in 7 Days to Die. you can use this vehicle to quickly travel around the map.

You will need 3 wheels to craft the Gyrocoper.

The Gyrocopter Helicopter from 7 Days to Die

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