Dodge D100 Parts And Dodge D100 Accessories
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Owning a vintage Dodge D100 pickup truck-especially the limited-edition Dude Sport trim-is a source of pride for many car collectors. But one disadvantage of owning such a classic vehicle is finding the right parts for it. The wheels of the D100, in particular, are hard to find replacements for given the age of the vehicle. Things get even more challenging if you are installing a custom set of wheels on the truck, as you need to make sure the wheels are an exact fit with the hub to avoid accidents while driving the truck.
One of the key factors you need to remember when fitting either an OE-compliant replacement or a custom wheel set in your D100 is the bolt pattern.
Also known as the bolt circle, the bolt pattern is a form of measurement that determines the diameter of the circle at the center of the wheel lugs. All automotive wheels follow a specific bolt pattern that only matches a specific wheel hub. This is especially important for custom wheels, as they might not share the same dimensions found in the stock or OE-compliant replacement wheels. If the wheel\'s bolt pattern is not the same with that of the hub, it will not slot in properly to the hub.
The bolt pattern is formulated using two numbers-the number of the bolt holes on the wheel and how far apart they are from each other.
Wheels usually come with 4, 5, 6, or 8 bolts punched in the center. The D100 supports wheels with 5 to 8 bolt holes depending on the model year, so make sure that the wheel replacement matches the number of bolt holes. It is also possible to mount an 8-bolt wheel to a wheel hub that supports 4 bolt holes, but this is not recommended as the wheel\'s integrity may be compromised.
Determining the distance in between the bolts is a bit trickier as you will need to precisely calculate the distance from one bolt hole to the other. You can use a tape measure to determine the distance, although there are also specialized bolt pattern gauges that provide a more accurate measurement. Available in both fixed and adjustable types, these bolt pattern gauges can be purchased in most auto parts retailers and online stores.
If your wheel\'s bolt holes are even in number, you can determine the bolt pattern by measuring from the center of one bolt hole to the center of the opposite end. On the other hand, if your wheel has 5 bolts, you will need to measure the diameter of the circle that crosses the center of the wheel fitment. A bolt pattern gauge is recommended for the latter as a tape measure is not likely to provide the accurate distance to confirm wheel fitment.
As its name implies, bolt pattern adapters are special devices that allow a wheel to fit into a wheel hub of a different bolt pattern. Made of billet aluminum, these adapters can allow you to install a wheel regardless of its bolt pattern without modifying the wheel hub.