As long as the seat type and length fit, you can use OEM bolts on aftermarket wheels. But once there are differences, new wheel bolts are required. This is because various manufacturing companies make aftermarket wheels, which are probably different from the OEM ones, like the lug seat types, the thickness of the mounting pad, and the diameter of the lug holes. Getting the right wheel bolts ensures proper wheel fitment.
Wheel bolts come in various seat types, colors, and materials. The most common aftermarket wheels you would find in the auto shops are by far conical lug seats. They are in most cases very easy to work with and center. However, there can be exceptions. If you’ve purchased a set of second-hand wheels, you’ll possibly need to replace the OEM wheel bolts to match the new wheel insert holes.
What Wheel Bolts Do I Need to Purchase?
Before purchasing aftermarket wheel bolts, there are several factors to consider. For example, the seat type and bolt length. Simply put, the seat types of wheel bolts should be the same as the wheel lug seats. If the wheels are conical seat types, then you need conical bolts to fit. The best way to find out the seat type of the wheels is to ask the dealer for the right information. Get the seat type right, your wheel investment is worth it.
Generally, the length of new wheel bolts is the same as the OEM bolts. Some aftermarket wheels have a thicker mounting pad (the surface where the bolt makes contact with the wheel). This will reduce the thread length of the OEM bolts. In this case, you need longer wheel bolts. They are made with extra thread length which allows you to run any aftermarket rims and still have enough thread to be fastened.
Are BONOSS Shell-type Wheel Bolts Worth It?
To further boost the enjoyment of your new wheels, BONOSS exclusively supplies new racing wheel bolts. They consist of standard car bolts and 7075-T6 shells. The core wheel bolts are strong enough to undertake more road impacts (tensile strength over 1,220 Mpa). And the shells are engineered in different colors which maximally beautify your wheel while protecting the bolts from debris and water corrosion.
In addition, a BONOSS shell-type wheel lock & bolt kit includes 20pcs standard wheel bolts and 4 pcs spline drive wheel locks. The spline drive bolts are designed with many narrow grooves on the head and even down the sides. All the splines aren’t the same pattern. Without corresponding key sockets, even a professional thief will spend more time dealing with these bolts. Therefore, you can invest in new BONOSS shell-type wheel bolts to decorate and protect your finest wheels.