Mustang Bolt Patterns

Mustang Bolt Patterns

Last Updated October 18, 2021 | C.J. Tragakis

Upgrading your Mustang’s wheels can seem like a simple task. But it’s important to make sure your new wheels will fit your Ford Mustang’s bolt pattern. The pattern hasn’t changed much in the last few decades, but older Mustangs used different layouts.

What Is a Bolt Pattern?

A bolt pattern, or lug pattern, refers to the studs you mount your wheel to on each corner of your vehicle. The bolt pattern measurement is simply the number of lugs and the distance between opposite wheel studs. The distance is measured differently depending on the layout.

[Number of Lugs] x [Distance Between Opposing Lugs]

For example, if your wheels had 4 lugs and the bolts were 100mm apart, the bolt pattern would be 4 x 100mm.

How to Measure a Bolt Pattern

There are different ways to measure bolt patterns depending on the number of bolts on the wheel. Four-bolt wheels measure the pattern from the middle of one hole to the middle of the opposite hole.

4 Lug Bolt Pattern Diagram

On a five-bolt wheel, you measure from the outermost point of one hole to the center of one of the two holes farthest away.

5 Lug Bolt Pattern Diagram

You shouldn’t have to worry about measuring your Mustang wheel bolt pattern though. See the table below for a list of bolt patterns by generation.

Ford Mustang Bolt Pattern Chart

This chart has the wheel lug patterns for Mustangs in each model year group. Note that the first generation had two different bolt patterns. Keep in mind that bolt patterns may be the same for different generations, but the backspacing and offset can be different. Bolt patterns are usually displayed in millimeters, but inches are sometimes used.

Fortunately, the Mustang’s bolt patterns are very simple and haven’t changed since 1994. The vast majority of Mustangs are 5 x 114.3mm, but Fox Body, Mustang II, and some First-Gen models are in a four-bolt pattern, not five-bolt.

Ford Mustang Bolt Patterns by Generation
Mustang GenerationModel Year RangeLugsBolt PatternBolt Pattern (Inches)
First Generation 1965-1973 4 4 x 114.3mm 4 x 4.5”
First Generation 1965-1973 5 5 x 114.3mm 5 x 4.5”
Mustang II 1974-1978 4 4 x 108mm 4 x 4.25”
Fox Body 1979-1993 4 4 x 108mm 4 x 4.25”
SN95 1994-2004 5 5 x 114.3mm 5 x 4.5”
S197 2005-2014 5 5 x 114.3mm 5 x 4.5”
S550 2015-2020+ 5 5 x 114.3mm 5 x 4.5”

Mustang Lug Conversions

With older Mustangs, drivers will often want to convert from a 4-lug to a 5-lug pattern to get the wheels they want. That’s easy to do with a set of wheel adapters. Wheel adapters are similar to wheel spacers, but they also change the bolt pattern. Some wheel adapters keep the same spacing, while others will alter your Mustang’s stance.

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Sources: Ford Mustang- by vehicle year, | Bolt Pattern Cross Reference and Wheel Sizes: What's My Bolt Pattern? What Wheels Fit?, Roadkill Customs

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Mustang Bolt Patterns

When searching for a set of wheels and tires for your Mustang, an important thing to keep in mind is the bolt pattern. Check out our lug pattern chart to find the precise measurements for your generation of Mustang.