ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

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.

Complete Window Tint Kit for 1999 Chevrolet Malibu - 35% VLT - Light shade
Complete Window Tint Kit for 1999 Chevrolet Malibu - 35% VLT - Light shade

SnapTint DIY car tint kits are simple to install and affordable. Using our library of thousands of makes and models from 1980 to present, we are able to pre-cut the window film precisely to fit every curve on your windows. Simply wet the film and apply it to your windows. We provide detailed instructions and professional tools to make this an easy one-day project.

Chevy Chevrolet Malibu Performance Intake Supercharger Turbo Kit
Chevy Chevrolet Malibu Performance Intake Supercharger Turbo Kit

Introducing the Surge Intake Supercharger, it revolutionized the Japanese tuner performance market and is now for the first time available to the US market in limited supply. This product will allow you to burn fuel more efficiently resulting in better MPG.This SuperCharger will increase air flow and provide additional horse power and torque by 5 to 7 percent to the wheels. Made entirely of aircraft grade aluminum titanium alloy, the Surge SuperCharger is machined to perfection! The blades spin....


Just ask it here and I will give you an answer as soon as possible.

Got a question?

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      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

    • profile image

      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

    • profile image

      Jfkcro 5 years ago

      You may want to visit this site too

    • profile image

      anonymous 6 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

    • profile image

      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?

    • profile image

      anonymous 7 years ago

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

    • profile image

      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

    • profile image

      anonymous 8 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

    • profile image

      anonymous 8 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

    • profile image

      anonymous 8 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.

    • phyberoptix profile image

      Fred Johnson 8 years ago from North Carolina

      No, The brakes did not have any problems.

    • profile image

      anonymous 9 years ago

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


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: ""

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)