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How To Measure Wheel Bolt Pattern

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How to Measure Bolt-Patterns

Bolt patterns are simply the measurement of an imaginary circle that lies across the center-line of the lugs. Whether you are looking to adapt or match a new set of wheels, we have a simple guide to help you estimate your bolt circle.

Wheel Bolt Pattern Guide
The easiest way to estimate the 5 lug bolt pattern, is to measure from the back of a hole to the center of the second hole.
For a 4 lug wheel, measure center to center of two holes directly across from each other.
Measuring a 6 bolt wheel requires you to measure center to center of two holes directly across from each other.
To measure an 8 lug bolt pattern, measure center to center of two holes directly across from each other.

No need to guess any longer! Speedway Motors has a precision bolt circle template that simplifies the most common 5 lug patterns for you. Our bolt circle template and our Wheel Bolt Pattern Tool are must have tools for the shop or swap meet.

Common Manufacturer Wheel Bolt Patterns

How can you be sure that you measured correctly for your compact, midsize, fullsize, truck, or SUV? Use this wheel bolt pattern manufacturers chart to validate that you measured correctly for your vehicle's make, year, and class. This chart covers lug patterns for Ford, Dodge, AMC, Mopar, Lincoln, Cadillac, Jeep, GM, and Chevy.

Wheel Bolt Pattern chart for many makes and models of classic vehicles
Bonus: How To Measure Backspacing

It's important to ensure you have the correct offset on your wheels. The backspace or offset is measured from the inside lip of the wheel to the inside of the flange mount. To learn more about how to correctly measure backspacing and wheel offset check out our Wheel Offset and Backspacing Guide.

Measure from the outer lip of the wheel to the inner flange surface to determine wheel backspace

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