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The simplest answer to this question is: it depends. The years of each vehicle vary slightly in the number of lugs as well as the pattern of the bolts. For example, the wheels from a 2003 Honda Accord will fit on a 2006 Honda Civic but not a 2005.  We go over in more detail below on understanding bolt pattern and other factors of wheel size when it comes to any vehicle.

What is Bolt Pattern?

The number of lugs is important when seeing if certain wheels will fit your vehicle. The most common are 4-lug, 5-lug, 6-lug, and 8-lug. This number can be determined by simply counting the number of lugs on the wheels. Once this is determined, the diameter between the bolts must be measured, which is usually expressed in millimeters. This measurement is taken between two opposite bolts. See the image below for a reference on how to measure the distance based on the number of lugs on your wheel.

 

Honda accord rims on civic

What is the diameter of my wheels?

This is just the overall size of the wheel. For example, if a wheel is listed as 17×8.5 +35, the wheels diameter is 17 inches. The other 2 numbers are width and offset, which we will go over below. If you plan on putting bigger wheels and tires on a vehicle, you must take into account clearance when turning to make sure it does not make contact with any other parts of the vehicle. These must be taken when the vehicles suspension is compressed and on the ground, as it will be very different than when up in the air on a jack.

 

What is the width of my wheels?

The width of a wheel can be determined by measuring the inside of the wheel lip, across the wheel to the other wheel lip. This is important when determining which tires will fit your wheels and if the wheels will have enough space in the wheel well.

 

What are my wheels offset?

The wheel offset is the dimension from the rear of the mounting face to the center line of the wheel. There are three different types of wheel offset: Positive, zero, and negative. A positive offset will have a hub mount that is shallow and closer to the street side of the wheel. A zero offset will have a hub mount that is centered in the middle of the wheel. A negative offset will have a hub mount that’s deeper, and closer to the back side of the wheel.

 

Once you have made all of these measurements you should know if a wheel will fit your specific vehicle. If you have any further questions, please contact our parts department.