The Correct Bolt Pattern for Every Dodge Charger Generation

The Correct Bolt Pattern for Every Dodge Charger Generation

Just like other cars, the Dodge Charger will have its own precise bolt pattern that will allow you to determine if a rim or wheelset will fit the car or not.

With that, it’s important to be aware of the correct bolt pattern for your Dodge Charger. Each generation will have its own specifications, which we’re outlining below. 

What is the bolt pattern of a Dodge Charger?

Any Dodge Charger from 2005 to the current model (2022) has a bolt pattern of 5×4.53 inches (5x115mm). 

Older Charger models made from 1983 to 1987 have a bolt pattern of 4×3.94 inches (4x100mm). 

Chargers made from 1966 to 1978 will have bolt patterns that measure 5×4.5 inches (5×114.3mm).

While there are actually 7 generations of the Dodge Charger that have been produced, its bolt patterns can simply be classified into the 3 different production years. 

Production YearsBolt Pattern
2005 – Current (2022)5×4.53 inches (5x115mm)
1983 – 19874×3.94 inches (4x100mm)
1966 – 19785×4.5 inches (5×114.3mm)

But when it comes to finding wheels that perfectly fit your Dodge Charger generation, the bolt pattern is only one of several important factors that you should consider.

Aside from the bolt pattern, it’s also crucial to keep in mind other wheel and bolt specifications. 

In this article, we reveal each Dodge Charger generation’s center bore diameter, the type of wheel fastener used, thread size, wheel tightening torque requirement, and even the rim and tire size that come as standard.

Wheel and Bolt Specifications for Each Dodge Charger Generation

In general, bolt patterns, wheel fasteners, center bores, and other bolt measurements will remain exactly the same for all Charger models within the same generation.

The wheel (rim and tire) sizes, however, will vary depending on the specific engine and trim level of that Charger generation.

7th Generation (LD) (2011 – Present)

The latest generation Dodge Charger has two different sets of trim levels for pre-facelift (2011 – 2014) and facelifted models (2015 – 2022) that dictate their tire and rim size. 

Other than that, the rest of the specifications will remain the same as established.

Center Bore Diameter: 71.6mm

Wheel Fastener: Lug Nut (5)

Thread Size: M14 x 1.5

Torque Spec: 130lb-ft (176Nm)

2015 – 2022 (Facelift)

Trim LevelTire SizeRim Size
3.6L 2WD SXT215/65R177Jx17 ET24
3.6L 2WD GT245/45ZR208Jx20 ET24
3.6L AWD235/55R197.5Jx19 ET55
3.6L Pursuit225/60R187.5Jx18 ET25
5.7L245/45R20245/45ZR208Jx20 ET249Jx20 ET22.5 
5.7L Pursuit225/60R18 7.5Jx18 ET25
6.4L Scat Pack245/45ZR209Jx20 ET22.5
6.4L Widebody305/35ZR2011Jx20 ET-2.5

2011 – 2014 (Pre-Facelift)

Trim LevelTire SizeRim Size
3.6L 2WD215/65R17235/55R187Jx17 ET227.5Jx18 ET24
3.6L AWD235/55R197.5Jx19 ET55
5.7L235/55R18245/45R207.5Jx18 ET248Jx20 ET24

6th Generation (LX) (2006 – 2010)

The 6th Generation Dodge Charger started production back in 2005. Every unit produced that year is actually officially made for the 2006 model year. 

Thus, the details listed here also cover the 2005 production year just like its bolt patterns earlier.

Center Bore Diameter: 71.6mm

Wheel Fastener: Lug Nut (5)

Thread Size: M14 X 1.5

Torque Spec: (RWD/Daytona) 110 lb-ft (149 Nm)

            (Police Edition) 140 lb-ft (190 Nm)

Trim LevelTire SizeRim Size
2.7L  215/65R177Jx17 ET22
3.5L215/65R17235/55R187Jx17 ET227.5Jx18 ET24
5.7L235/55R18245/45R207.5Jx18 ET248Jx20 ET24

5th Generation (L-Body) (1982 – 1987)

The 5th Generation Dodge Charger, also known as the “L-Body” by Chrysler, has the same set of bolt, tire, and rim specifications for both its turbocharged and naturally-aspirated 2.2L SOHC engine configurations.

Center Bore Diameter: 57.1mm

Wheel Fastener: Lug Nut (4)

Thread Size: M12 x 1.5

Torque Spec: 95 lb-ft (129 Nm)

Trim LevelTire SizeRim Size
2.2L SOHC/2.2L SOHC Turbo175/75R135Jx13 ET35

1st to 4th Generation (B-Body) (1966 – 1978)

All “B-Body” Chargers produced from 1966 to 1978 are split into 4 different generations, and each one of them keeps the same factory-recommended bolt specifications. 

However, the tire and rim size will depend on the engine option in question.

Center Bore Diameter: 71.6mm

Wheel Fastener: Lug Nut (5)

Thread Size: 1/2″ – 20 UNF

Torque Spec: 65 lb-ft (88.1 Nm)

Trim LevelTire SizeRim Size

7.0L/7.2L Hemi
215/70SR14225/70SR14225/65SR155.5Jx14 ET56Jx14 ET07Jx15 ET0

Other Engines
195/75SR14215/70SR14225/70SR14245/60SR15 5.5Jx14 ET55.5Jx14 ET56Jx14 ET07Jx15 ET0

How to Read and Measure Bolt Patterns Yourself

When buying new rims for any car, shops often have all the important specifications already listed, including the bolt pattern. 

But what if you don’t know the bolt pattern of your car, to begin with? With our short guide here, you’ll find out how easy it is to read and measure any car’s bolt pattern yourself!

To start off, reading bolt patterns is pretty straightforward. The first number that you see is the number of holes that your rims have. 

Obviously, this should correspond with the number of lugs that your wheel hubs have. That number will then be followed by a measurement (either in inches or millimeters).

4-lug pattern

For a 4-lug pattern, simply measure the distance between the center of one hole to the center of the one that’s directly opposite to it, as shown below. 

Take note that this will also work the same way with 6-lug and 8-lug patterns.

4-lug pattern 2

Measuring 5-lug patterns will be slightly different. Since there is an odd number of holes, no hole will have any other that’s directly opposite from it.

5-lug patterns

This time, you need to start from the farthest edge of one hole, skip the one beside it, and drag your tape measure or ruler to the center of the 3rd hole, as shown below.

5-lug patterns 2

Even without the rim, this simple measuring technique is also applicable to getting the bolt pattern of the wheel hub itself. 

In that case, you will be counting and measuring the number of lugs or studs instead of holes.

How to Retighten the Bolts

Let’s say you’ve already taken off your old wheels to be replaced with new ones that you have confirmed to fit perfectly with your car’s bolt pattern and other specifications.

Unless you have an authorized tire mechanic to do the work for you, it’s crucial to learn about the correct order for tightening up your bolts or lug nuts.

If you simply tighten the bolts in clockwise or counterclockwise order, you’re making the wheel flex in a way that can loosen the first bolt you did.

To avoid imbalances (and even safety hazards), Dodge’s owner’s manual shares information on how to tighten your bolts in the correct order.

To avoid imbalances

When tightening 4-lug wheels, you should go in a criss-cross pattern as demonstrated in the first diagram.

For 5-lug wheels, you need to tighten the bolts forming a star pattern like the second diagram shows.

Following these patterns ensures that the tightening force is evenly distributed as much as possible across the wheel’s mounting face.

As for the tool you need, you can use something like this torque wrench, which has great precision and durability for the price.

Using the torque wrench and following the steps above, tighten the bolts to about halfway only. Never attempt to fully tighten the bolts while the car is still on jack stands. 

Always lower the car back down to the ground first, as it’s a lot safer to fully tighten the bolts to their torque specifications in that way.

Dodge also recommends test-driving the car for 25 miles (40km), then checking afterward to see if the bolt torque remains the same.