Wheel for Honda and Saturn

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Chris Lamb, Jun 18, 2004.

  1. Chris Lamb

    Chris Lamb Guest

    Would like to buy an aluminum wheel that will work on both my 97 Honda
    Civic hatchback and my 99 Saturn SC-1 3-door. For Honda is says +48mm
    offset and for Saturn it says 4-100. I have no idea what that means.
    Will same wheel work on both cars? Honda recommends 45-16 tire and
    Saturn recommendation is 50-16.
    Chris Lamb, Jun 18, 2004
  2. Chris Lamb

    Skid Guest

    I have been looking for the same answer, as the new Civic LX's have the same
    tires, rim size, and bolt pattern, as my 95 SL2. I asked a guy at work who
    knows a mechanic, and he asked him for me, and the answer was that it will
    work. I am still not convinced, as the offset is what I an not sure about,
    and the center hub size is off by 0.9mm. Here are some links to help you
    narrow it down, and please post your final findings:



    Skid, Jun 18, 2004
  3. Chris Lamb

    Frank Guest

    A few parameters to consider:
    1. Bolt Pattern
    4-100 (more often seen as 4x100) refers to the bolt pattern. There are
    4 bolt on a 100mm (3.93inch) circle around the centre of the
    wheel/axle. The Civic and the Saturn have the 4x100 bolt pattern.

    2. Offset
    This is the distance between the centre of the wheel (in width) and
    the location of the wheel feature that will contact the hub on the
    car. Usually, front wheel drive vehicule have "high" offset (say 40 to

    3. Centre Bore Diameter
    This is the diameter of the wheel feature that contact the hub. Check
    this site: http://www.speedstash.com/wheelguide.html. You can see that
    the Civic has a 64.1mm centre bore diameter and the Saturn is 57.1mm.

    4. Overall wheel diameter:
    Use the following wheel calculator to see how you speedometer is going
    to be off by and I suggest you keep the difference between what the
    manufacturer say and your new wheel size to less the 2% but lots of
    people go to 4%. http://www.miata.net/garage/tirecalc.html

    Here's another link for you:
    http://www.fastco.ca/Wheels Frames/Wheels_index.html
    Oh yeah, http://www.tirerack.com/about/techcenter.html (see wheel

    There are other considerations:
    - you have a lot of room to maneuvre in terms of offset is you go from
    a 5.0inch wheel to a 6.0inch wheel but a lot less if you jump to a
    7.0inch wide wheel. Search newsgroups for your car/wheel combo. The
    primary risk with the offset and is to have contact of the wheel/tire
    with the inside of the car and/or brake lines.
    - changing the wheel can change the way the wheel loads the suspension
    components and this may or may not impact your vehicule
    braking/handling performance (positively or negatively) and the life
    of the components such as wheel bearing (more probably than the
    performance thing).

    Good luck,

    97 SL1
    110,000 Mi
    Frank, Jun 18, 2004
  4. Chris Lamb

    Lane Guest

    I've been on the track with a guy who runs Saturn alloy wheels on his Honda
    Civic with no issues. In addition, I've purchased Konig wheels for my SC
    that are the same application listing for many Hondas.

    Lane [ l a n e @ p a i r . c o m ]
    Lane, Jun 18, 2004
  5. Chris Lamb

    Blah blah Guest

    Heres something I found with a quick search in google.


    You can find more in a search if you need to.
    Blah blah, Jun 19, 2004
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