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    Cool N-body wheels... They work, right?

    Of course they do.




    They're from a '98 Malibu. I've had these wheels sitting in my storage closet for several months now, but only now got the money to have them put on. I swapped the stock tire over, since they're 15". I think they look much better than steels with covers, personally. They're also considerably lighter than the stock wheels.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Duke George V View Post
    Of course they do.




    They're from a '98 Malibu. I've had these wheels sitting in my storage closet for several months now, but only now got the money to have them put on. I swapped the stock tire over, since they're 15". I think they look much better than steels with covers, personally. They're also considerably lighter than the stock wheels.
    They look great! I have spent too much time trying to find out which 15" GM wheels will work on my 93 Old's Ciera (JA2).

    I think you just added another possibility to the list. If you by chance measured the center bore and backspacing that would be good to document to help those of use looking for wheels. My guess is the center bore would be 70.3mm and but I have no idea about the backspacing. I didn't know to be concerned about the backspacing until I picked up a set of wheels from a Caddy but found they had too much backspacing and didn't work.

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    Center bore is indeed 70.3. I don't know what the backspacing is, but I don't have any rubbing at all.

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    just so people are aware; 1998+ maybe 1997+ was when the N body series (Malibu, Cutlass, and Grand Am, maybe the final year of Skylark?) switched to 5x115mm bolt pattern; previously, from 1985 to 1996 or 1997, it was 5x100mm (Skylark/SOmerset Regal, Achieva and calais, grand am)
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    That is correct. The Malibu and Cutlass jumped onto the redesigned N platform starting in '97, while the Grand Am waited until '99. The Skylark and Achieva were cut after '98.

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    looking very good!!!

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    trying to pick up a set of Silhouette wheels for my 94 ciera--you reckon these will go okay?

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    Yes. I had Silhouette wheels on my Century for a while. 205-65-15 was a very close match to the stock tire size.


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    Great! Thanks for the confirmation! Woot! or Hurray! or something like that :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duke George V View Post
    Yes. I had Silhouette wheels on my Century for a while. 205-65-15 was a very close match to the stock tire size.

    Those wheels look really clean on your Buick!!
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    You guys will like this. I went to Discount Tire to have the wheels rebalanced due to a bit of highway-speed vibration. The guy who wrote me up asked me what happened to the stock wheels. Well, they were steel and not in very good shape, so they went into the dumpster. Then he kept telling me that the wheels I have aren't the "right" wheels for the van. Well duh, they're from a '98 Malibu. I bought them from a junkyard. He then seemed to keep trying to hint that something bad would happen simply because they were Chevy wheels and not Pontiac. Look bro, I've done my homework. Same lug spacing, same backspacing, same offset, same center bore as the stock van wheels. I've been using them for six months now without issue. Just balance my wheels, please. Unless you'd like me to take my business elsewhere? He shut up after that.

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    Yeah, I guess all those shiny wheels in show room should be off limits too because they aren't Pontiac. ;-)

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    haha, that's pretty funny! Though he may have been trying to help, he was probably trying to sell you something instead. I have a friend who used to work in a tire shop, and he saw some horrific wheel swaps, usually RWD wheels on a FWD car with skinny tires stretched to fit. One of my old apartment neighbors had a Mercury Villager on Ford Probe wheels and tires. Not only did it look awkward with the tiny rubber, it was a Nissan badged as a Mercury with Mazda wheels badged as Ford.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mechanizeddeath View Post
    ... Not only did it look awkward with the tiny rubber, it was a Nissan badged as a Mercury with Mazda wheels badged as Ford.
    I'm not real sure why, but I thought that was very funny. If I were to see it in person, I never would have thought of it like that, lol.
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    what would the bolt pattern on my 89 6000 LE be? i googled it and saw 5x100.

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