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How Can I Put Chevy Wheels on a Ford?

by Russell Wood

Car and truck wheels come in all sorts of different sizes and styles. Each wheel has a bolt pattern drilled into it which is specific for that vehicle. These bolt patterns don't often crossover, so if you have wheels from a Chevrolet, the bolt pattern will often not work on a Ford vehicle. To fix this problem, you can install a set of wheel adapters. These will change the bolt pattern on the Ford to match your Chevrolet wheels. Installing a set takes around two hours.

Lift the Ford up onto a set of four jack stands with the jack so that all four wheels are off of the ground. Take the wheels off of the Ford with the tire iron and set them to the side.

Install the wheel adapters onto the Ford with the special wheel lugs included with the wheel adapter kit. Mark the threads of the Ford wheel studs with the paint marker, making a line at the top of the wheel lugs. Remove the wheel lugs and the adapter.

Reinstall the wheel lugs on the bare Ford rotor by hand. Put the edge of the cut-off wheel on the grinder at the mark you made in step 2. Cut off the threads on the Ford stud at that mark using the angle grinder, then remove the wheel lugs with the tire iron.

Reinstall the wheel adapter on the Ford hub. Install three of the lug nuts on the adapter with the tire iron and verify that the adapter is centered on the rotor and hub, and that no threads on the Ford studs stick up past the surface of the adapter. Then install the remaining two lug nuts on the adapter and torque them down to 90 ft/lbs with the 1/2-inch torque wrench.

Install the Chevrolet wheel on the adapter with the tire iron. Lower the Ford off of the jack stands with the jack.

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About the Author

Russell Wood is a writer and photographer who attended Arizona State University. He has been building custom cars and trucks since 1994, including several cover vehicles. In 2000 Wood started a career as a writer, and since then he has dedicated his business to writing and photographing cars and trucks, as well as helping people learn more about how vehicles work.

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