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What is the Lug Pattern on a Jeep Wrangler? A Quick Guide

What is the Lug Pattern on a Jeep Wrangler? A Quick Guide

Jeep Wranglers each have a specific lug pattern, also known as a bolt pattern, which varies depending on the model and year.

The lug pattern refers to the number and arrangement of bolts (lugs) on the wheel hub. Without the lug pattern, you could end up with wheels that won’t fit on your Jeep.

But why is it important to know the lug pattern of your Jeep Wrangler? It’s vital information because you need to know this pattern to determine which wheels and rims are compatible with your Jeep.

This guide will look at these lug patterns in more detail and tell you how to find yours.

Understanding The Lug Pattern of Your Jeep Wrangler

Two numbers depict the lug pattern, the first representing the number of bolts and the second describing the distance between them.

If you’re unsure, the table below will tell you the lug pattern of your Jeep Wrangler.

Wrangler ModelLug PatternWheel SizeHubStud Size
1987 - 20065x515-16 Inches71.51/2x20
2017 - 20185x517-18 Inches71.51/2x20
2018 - 20225x517-18 Inches71.514mm x 1.50

There are a few terms to look at when investigating lug patterns. If you’re not familiar, it can be confusing. Below is some terminology you might hear when discussing bolt patterns and their meaning.

  • OEM – You’ll hear this term when referring to wheel size, which means the Original Equipment Manufacturer, i.e., the size of the wheels at the time the vehicle was made.
  • Hub – Some refer to this as the “center bore.” It is the opening at the center of the wheel hub; you’ll need to know the size of this when replacing the wheels.
  • Stud – A stud in a lug pattern is a threaded post on a wheel hub. It is a connection point for lug nuts or bolts, securing the wheel to the hub for safe driving. They are usually sized by diameter and thread per inch.

Wheel Offset

The wheel offset refers to the distance between the center of the wheel and the mounting surface. It indicates whether the wheels will stick out or concave inward. There are three types of offset.

Let’s break them down.

  • Positive – The most common type of offset is positive. It simply means that the mounting surface is close to the forepart of the wheel, making the wheel appear flatter against the Jeep.
  • Negative – Negative offsets have the rims closer to the rear of the wheel, giving a concave effect. Often a preferred look for Jeep enthusiasts who are upgrading their wheels.
  • Zero – This is where the wheel’s mounting surface is precisely at the centerline, resulting in equal clearance on both sides.


Another thing to consider is the backspacing, which denotes the space between the mounting surface and the rear of the wheel.

You’ll need to know this information to ensure the brake and suspension components can fit at the back of the wheel and to prevent the tires from rubbing.

Measuring Your Jeep Wranglers Lug Pattern

Measuring Your Jeep Wranglers Lug Pattern

Measuring the lug pattern yourself is a pretty straightforward job. The first thing you need to do is check how many studs and mounting holes the wheel has. In the case of the Jeep Wrangler, this will usually be five.

Next, you’ll need to measure the space between the holes. On the Wrangler, this will often be either 4.5 or 5 inches depending on the age of your motor.

Now, using a tape measure, place it at the back of one of the holes, and measure to the middle of the lug hole directly opposite. It will give you the measurements, i.e., the lug pattern.

Frequently Asked Questions About The Lug Pattern on a Jeep Wrangler?

Below is a list of common questions we get asked when discussing the lug patterns on Jeeps.

What is a Lug Pattern on a Jeep Wrangler?

The lug pattern refers to the number of lug nuts and the arrangement of the bolt holes on the wheel.

How Many Lug Nuts Does a Jeep Wrangler Have?

Most Jeep Wranglers have a lug pattern with five lug nuts.

What is the Lug Pattern for a Jeep Wrangler?

The bolt pattern for a Jeep Wrangler is typically 5×5, meaning five bolt holes are spaced five inches apart.

Can I Use Wheels with a Different Lug Pattern on My Jeep Wrangler?

No. The lug pattern must match the wheels you’re adding to your Jeep Wrangler.

How Do I Measure the Lug Pattern on My Jeep Wrangler?

To measure the lug pattern, you must measure the distance between the back of one bolt hole to the center of the opposite bolt hole.

Let’s Measure Up

So, now you’ve got a complete understanding of the lug pattern on a Jeep Wrangler, and you even have all the information you need to measure it yourself.

In the case of a Jeep Wrangler, the lug pattern is usually 5×5. However, to be certain, always double-check, and measure yourself to be on the safe side. Now you can go ahead and get upgrading your Jeep’s tires and improve your off-roading experience.