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How To Fit 20's On A Malibu

Updated on June 16, 2009

How to fit 20's on your Malibu

This is a tutorial to help you learn and give you instructions on how to fit 20's on your Malibu. This is for 97-04 Malibu's and not the new body styles. Hopefully this will answer all your questions and if doesnt ask away and I will add the to the guide.

Things You Will Need

Things you need:

[ ] 20" Wheel w/ 115x5 Lug Pattern or adapters are required

[ ] Tires mounted on wheels*

[ ] 3lb Hammer (or comparable)

*Pictures shown are using a 245/35/20, Details on what size tire are below

What You Need To Do

First take off the tire.

Then locate your stock spring baseplate (In picture below)

This will show you what to look for.

Now beat this plate

-Now while I was beating the plate I would test fit my wheels and continued beating the plate until the tire would freely turn. Also note that where you beat it and the tire space will not change when you set the car down so do not worry about that

Once you beat the plate and bolt the tire up you are done and should like sort of like this.

My tires are not slick even though they seem to in this picture and if you have any questions or want more pictures just let me know in the question box located at the bottom of the page.

What Size Of Tires To Use

The recommended tire size for this application varies

(Wheel Size x Width of Wheel)





Other tire sizes will work but will require spacers to allow the wheels not to scrub against the spring bases.

The offset of the wheel you buy is also a key factor. The suggested offset for a 20x8.5 wheel is a +38 offset. The higher the offset number the more you are going to have your wheels stick out from the car.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hey, I have a Chevy Malibu Maxx 04 new style, I tried to put 20' rims(245/35/20 - Tires) and for some reason, the rim would slide half way on the wheel stud and then stop leaving no space for the nuts to screw on. What do I do? The rims are universal. Please help

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Did this a while back.. Now wondering if this effected anyone's turning radius? Like when I turn too sharp it makes a noise like something is rubbing my tires. That shit wasn't cheap obviously so I'm careful but just wondering if everyone that did this has this problem

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      Jfkcro 5 years ago

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      1999 malibu want to put 20 inche tire 245,40,20 is this possible if so,what do i need to do? thank;s

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have a 1999 cutlass on the same body style as the malibu. I have 245/3020 for the back do I beat the back spring plate too. The plate is stopping it from going all the way on. I have 225/30/20 in the front and they go on with no problem. Will it be better to use a spacer for the back?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      can 20" rims fit on a 2011 chevy malibu? and if so, will it effect the car's performance?

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      20 inch tires will hit on all sides you car was not made to fit the wheel. for the rear of the car when rubber get shave off the tire cause hits fender lip take an air saw and trim about 1/4 or 1/2 no more off the fender well lip then roll the lip back under so no sharp edges .

      call or search eastwood tools they sell a tool that will allow you to flare out the flare out and roll your fenders for 20's for your car

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      already done er thang you talked bout my prob is they fit on but front brakes rubs inside rim loud noise unless i press the brakes is that when adapters needed spacers dnt work. another thing while driving and i hit a bump or dip the back lips (Very sharp) scrap off rubber from tire will cutting off or bending down work which is best. to hit me direct

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      "What about the back wheels do u gotta beat that plate too? theyre a lil diff from the front idk if u can beat em up with the spring there

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Can you show a picture of the front of the car with the wheels on?

      Do the tires rub when you turn.

      Nice ride by the way.

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      Fred Johnson 8 years ago from North Carolina

      No, The brakes did not have any problems.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Did you have to change your brakes or did u have brake problem?