How to Convert a 5 Lug Wheel into a 6 Lug Wheel Pattern


A wheel attaches to your car with bolts that come out of the hub and through holes in the wheels themselves. Manufacturers use several different bolt patterns for this attachment, and sometime a car owner needs to change from one bolt pattern to another. This is an easy change that uses a spacer adapter with holes for the old bolt pattern and bolts for the new pattern.

Things You'll Need

  • Floor jack
  • Tire
  • Torque wrench
  • Adapter
  • Jack stand
  • While the car is still on the ground, loosen the lug nuts. When the car is up on the jack stand, the wheel will not be stable.

  • Use the floor jack to lift the car and place it on the jack stand. Take the lug nuts all the way off. Remove the wheel.

  • Clean all of the dirt off the wheel hub. The adapter has to fit closely against the hub.

  • Place the adapter over the bolts on the hub and tighten the nuts that hold the adapter to the hub with the torque wrench. Follow the specifications listed on the manufacturers instructions.

  • Place the new rim on the adapter. Finger tighten the nuts while moving the wheel around so that all the nuts are equally tight.

  • Use the torque wrench to tighten the nuts completely. Move across the wheel from nut to nut as you tighten them. Follow the manufacturer's specifications.

Tips & Warnings

  • Be aware that the tires will extend a half inch farther than they did before and may hit body work.

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