Wheel Bolt Pattern

Lug Nut Size Chart

Suppose you are shopping around for new rims for your truck or car. In that case, you must have heard all about car bolt pattern and how important they are, but for the uninitiated, a wheel bolt pattern is better imagined as a circle that lies across the center of your lugs is formed by the centers of your wheel lugs.

Their lug holes can distinguish wheel bolt patterns. There are 4-lug hole, 5-lug hole, 6- lug hole, 8-lug hole wheel bolt patterns.

Choosing a wheel bolt pattern or a wheel interchange lug pattern for your rims is just a matter of selecting the one fitted or made for your vehicle. If your truck is a utility or recreational trailer, it will probably use 4,5, or 6 lug tire bolt patterns. If it is a heavy-duty truck, it might be using a 6,8 or 10 lug bolt pattern. Sedans and other passenger cars commonly use a 5 by 4.5 pattern.

CHOOSING THE PERFECT WHEEL BOLT

Choosing a new tire bolt pattern is a pretty straightforward business. You just need to consult a wheel bolt pattern cross reference 5 or a lug bolt pattern chart to get the model that will fit your car and then either install it yourself or get an auto mechanic to do it for you.

MAIN PARTS OF A WHEEL BOLT

Words you might have heard thrown about when discussing wheel bolt patterns.

MAIN PARTS OF A WHEEL BOLT

HUB CENTER BORE

Ever noticed that your car usually vibrates or is a little shakey even when you have made sure that your vehicle’s wheel assembly is perfectly fixed? Then you must have experienced an unfitted hub center bore, that is, a hub center bore that is not perfectly suited for your car. The Hub center bore is the hole at the center of the wheel located on the vehicle’s hub. And its job is to make sure the wheel is centered on the hub.

WHEEL OFFSET

If you are installing new rims, it is expedient to give some distance between the rim (center of the rim) and the mounting surface of the wheel. This distance is referred to as a Wheel offset and can either be a positive offset, zero offsets, or negative offset, depending on the distance.

Most car rims usually have a positive offset, which makes the wheel to stick in from the fender or front of the rim) but many other cars do have an offset, which is negative and is characterized by the wheel sticking out from the fender.

A vehicle rim having a zero offset implies the wheel is perfectly in line with your fender. The wheel offset of your vehicle determines the type of wheel that will fit your car. It is usually advised to check it properly before purchasing because getting a wheel that has too much positive offset might lead to a risk of tire failure, brake failure, and damage caused by the friction between the wheel and the car’s bodywork.

If negative offset increases past safe levels, it can cause steering kickback or other steering-related issues and put a lot of stress on the car structure. Here is a wheel offset chart that includes the high offset wheels.

Wheel Offset

5-LUG VS 4-LUG

One thing to keep in mind when shopping for a new wheel bolt that if your vehicle is a sedan or another similar car, then you can either get the 4-lug or 5-lug bolt as they are almost interchangeable with each other. With just a few differences, if your vehicle uses a 5-lug, you can interchange with a 4-lug and vice versa. The key difference being that the 5-lug has a +50 offset and needs an extra car bolt, which is greater than that of the 4-lug, and you might experience a few rubbing issues. Generally, it is advisable to get a 4-lug because they are cheaper and have been reported to last longer, but if your car is a tad stylish, then a 5-lug will fit perfectly into it.