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    Question Upgrading my wheels

    I don't know why it took me 6 months of having my ATS to finally play with it. I just got the car tinted all around and now eager to get my tires done too, since I kinda hate the bland look of the stock wheels on the base 2.5 model.

    Anyway, I've been looking around at the usual websites like tirerack, trying to figure out what kind of wheels I want on my ATS. I stumbled upon another site, carid, that looked fun and offered much more options. I plugged in my car's info on their site and it took me to a list of wheels it says fits the ATS. I ended up finding the wheels I want and really just fell in love with them, but on this website there were no actual wheel specifics besides size, which I thought was weird. I did some digging and research, and one thing caught me off guard from what I found was the wheel was a different bolt pattern than the ATS. The ATS uses a 5-115, and according to the options available of the wheel I really wanted, only comes in 5-114.3. So why would a seemingly reputable website say this will fit the ATS? I've read a little on the possibility of using this bolt pattern, and looks like it's mixed reviews. I gave the wheel info to the guy who is going to be doing my wheels, but that was before I realized the difference. Wondering what he will say when he gets back to me. Your take?

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    Re: Upgrading my wheels

    I've been running 5 x 114 all year no problem what so ever

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    Re: Upgrading my wheels

    You could have serious problems long-term running 5x114. I'm not sure if carid.com takes all of the necessary attributes into consideration when showing you compatible wheels. It is not only the bolt pattern that you need to consider but also the offset. Here are the specs on Cadillac's OEM ATS wheels:

    http://www.hubcaphaven.com/cadillac_ats_wheels.htm

    As you can see the offset for the base OEM wheels is 42mm all around. If you want to go with a staggered set up (9" width at the rear wheels) the offset is 52mm. As you've probably discovered finding this combination of offset and bolt pattern is very difficult. I'm assuming Cadillac did this on purpose to drive sales of their 19" accessory wheels. It will take some time for the aftermarket to catch up. You can look at getting wheels custom made but that will get expensive fast. I've seen a few people on these forums who have upgraded their wheels and I'm sure they've got some good advice to share...

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    114.3 is not 115, and NOT "close enough". When you torque them down, all of the hardened (read fairly brittle) studs are being pulled inward slightly, and the lug seats are being galled. Your safety, your choice.

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    Re: Upgrading my wheels

    Quote Originally Posted by MoistCabbage View Post
    114.3 is not 115, and NOT "close enough". When you torque them down, all of the hardened (read fairly brittle) studs are being pulled inward slightly, and the lug seats are being galled. Your safety, your choice.
    Exactly. But close enough is a personal call though. People have definitely mounted that circle and lived to tell about it. But then they may never push the handling or braking limits of their cars (even in emergencies) or hit a big enough bump or pothole to cause a failure. You have to ask yourself: Do I feel lucky? [/Dirty Harry]

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    Re: Upgrading my wheels

    I don't know why it took me 6 months of having my ATS to finally play with it.
    There's nothing wrong with that. Personally I prefer owning a car stock for a few months to appreciate what it is before making it my own.

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