How to Measure Wheel Bolt Pattern

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Introduction: How to Measure Wheel Bolt Pattern

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Tired of your stock wheels and looking to make a change? Whether you’re up-sizing or just picking a style you like better, one measurement you’ll have to know is your bolt pattern.

Watch how easy it is to measure your wheel bolt pattern!

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    I have never found it necessary to measure the bolt patter on six lug wheels. The only thing to watch is that early MoPaR trucks had the same bolt pattern and size as everyone else (GM, Ford), but much smaller hub holes. The holes are too small to fit on the GM and Fords.

    PS: I have no idea where that video came from.... ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^

    I've had my six holers on my Isuzu too, and they fit a Datsun (predecessor to the Nissan) and some farm equipment.

    Go figger, but they are all the same pattern anyway.

    Most of us will only need to calculate for 5 lugs, because 4 or 6 can be measured directly. For 5 lugs, just accurately measure the distance between two adjacent lug centers. You measure the inside space and add one diameter, or outside distance and subtract one diameter. Now multiply this by 1.7. Example: lug center to center 2.35" x 1.7 = 3.995" or 4".

    Cool. But you also need to know the diameter of the center hole. Otherwise, you may need spacers for a too-large hole, or different wheels for a too-small hole.

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    Great idea! I'm doing a follow up video on the difference between offset and backspacing but how to measure for hub-centric rings is a good one too. Most aftermarket wheels come with a larger center bore to fit many applications so I've had to get hub-centric rings every time.