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November 09, 2015

How to identify the size of a Buick wheel

OEM Wheels do not just come in different sizes among the various makes, but they also come in different sizes within each Buick model. There is a simple way to discover the size of a stock Buick rim if don't know or you can't remember what original wheel came with your car, and StockWheels.com is here to help!

One simple way is to find the Buick wheel online and through comparison determine your used rim size. A challenge may arise when discovering the wheel's size this way because some stock Buick rims look the same or very similar to others, however they are different. Some measurement of the factory original wheel, whether it is the diameter, width or another, may be different.

To figure out your actual stock Buick wheel diameter, simply look on the tire. For example, if you see 225/50R16 on your tire, the diameter of the wheel is referenced by "R16" which is a 16" diameter wheel. Some tires may also reference the diameter of the factory original wheel in millimeters. Another option to determine the diameter of your used rim is to take a tape measure and measure the length between the bottom of the lips (NOTE: the bottom of the lip is the part that is flush with the barrel) of the wheel directly across. The width however is not referenced on the tire itself and therefore a different area of the used wheel must be looked at.

To find out the width of your stock Buick wheel, you must look at the backside of the rim itself. Imprinted on a spoke of the OEM Buick wheel is a number, such as 16x7. The "16" refers to the diameter, another way to discover this element, and the "7" refers to the rim's width. Some factory original wheels however, more often steel, display this number on the front side or the face of the rim. Another way, however less accurate, is to take the reference number on your tire 225/50R16. Instead of using the end, take 225. This number is the width of the tire in millimeters. To convert it to inches, divide by 25.4. This new number, in our case, 8.6 is a rough estimate of your wheel's width. The actual wheel width is likely to be seven inches in this case. If you have any issues, the staff at StockWheels.com will be more than happy to help. Our knowledgeable staff on new and used stock original Buick wheels will aid in your search to discover the size of your OEM Buick wheel.

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