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OK, which is a better choice for bolt pattern 5 on 4 1/2 or 5 on 4 3/4. Which is the most common and will allow for the greatest choice of wheels.

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GM go with 5 on 4 3/4
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[quote]Originally posted by stea:
<strong>OK, which is a better choice for bolt pattern 5 on 4 1/2 or 5 on 4 3/4. Which is the most common and will allow for the greatest choice of wheels.</strong><hr></blockquote>

Far more Street Rods run the 5 on 4.5 pattern. That is the pattern on most 9 inch Ford rear ends. Ford uses the 1/2 inch stud.....GM uses the 7/16" on it's 5 on 4.75 pattern. As far as strength, they are about equal. The 1/2 inch studs are stronger but the wider the pattern...the more strenght. That is why I run the Ford 5 on 5.5 pattern.


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As far as availability of wheels goes, those are two most common patterns, thus the most commonly available wheels.
The 5 on 4 1/2 pattern is common to most Ford cars from 1949 up and most Chrysler products from the 30s up as well. (Note: there are exceptions to both of these which is why I said "most". Some Fords use a 5 on 5 pattern and of course, pickups are 5 on 5 1/2. Some Mopars use a 5 on 5 1/2 and some use a 5 on 4 weirdo teeny pattern.)
The 5 on 4 3/4 pattern is,of course, the "classic" Chevy pattern from 1949 up on most Chevy cars and on some other GM cars. Some GM cars use 5 on 5 and GM pickups for years used 6 on 5.
Well, that covers wheel availability for a total of about, oh, 150 years, so you should be able to find something you like!
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