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Diesel Brethren:

For the past week I have been working diligently with my truly excellent parts man to find a steel GM wheel for our Diesel models.

First let me begin by explaining the factory wheel that all North American diesels wear. The wheel is a 17x7", 5x115mm bolt pattern with a 41mm positive offset.

I could find only three 17", 5x115, steel wheels in GM's vast repertoire. I measured and test fit them as follows:

9595657 17x6.5 5x115 52mm offset Uplander - Does not clear Diesel calliper.

9596578 17x6.5 5x115 46mm offset Impala - Does not clear Diesel calliper.

9598749 17x7.5 5x115 53mm offset Impala - Clears the Diesel calliper by 5mm but spins closer to the strut than stock. When combined with the .5" greater width and 12mm more offset the wheel is 18mm closer to the inside of the vehicle than stock.

So as you can see there is only one 17" wheel that could work. However with a rubber tire mounted the chance of interference is magnified by the 18mm greater intrusion into the wheel well. As a result I did not mount a tire to the wheel to test further.

This meant that I had to expand my search to 16" steel wheels that could work. Again, an in depth search of GM's substantial history of steel wheels resulted in only five wheels turning up with the requisite 5x115 bolt pattern. They are: 9595551 16x6.5 Impala; 9595560 16x6.5 Impala; 9595642 16x6.5 Aztek; 9595647 16x6.5 Impala Police; 13259235 16x6.5 Orlando.

As Orlando is a P car relative of Cruze I decided to focus on 13259235. It measured 41mm offset, identical to that of our factory wheel, and when mounted it had better brake calliper and wheel well clearance than 9598749.

So for anyone looking for OEM steel wheels to fit their Cruze Diesel the part number you want is 13259235.

When combined with a 215/60R16 winter or snow tire the rotational difference is only 0.58% from the stock 215/55R17.

I want to thank my long-time parts man, Chris at Tubman Chevrolet, who's ongoing patience and support were vital to the completion of this project.
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In all likely hood I will end up returning the 5x114.3 wheels I have on order. As I do not want to risk any complications or have any doubts about the safety of the vehicle. But, I will measure and compare to the OEM wheels before I do.
It is to bad that GM had to use a size that can physically be interchanged to begin with. They could have just used 5x114.3 like most other manufactures and avoided this possibly serious safety issue.
 

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So it looks like the CTD stock wheel offset is 40mm. The Volt OEM rims are apparently 35mm. Is it even worth getting a spacer? Tirerack offers rims from 35 to 45mm offset for the CTD.

Yea but not steels :(
 

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So it looks like the CTD stock wheel offset is 40mm. The Volt OEM rims are apparently 35mm. Is it even worth getting a spacer? Tirerack offers rims from 35 to 45mm offset for the CTD.
Factory diesel wheel measures 41 mm offset.
 

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In all likely hood I will end up returning the 5x114.3 wheels I have on order. As I do not want to risk any complications or have any doubts about the safety of the vehicle. But, I will measure and compare to the OEM wheels before I do.
It is to bad that GM had to use a size that can physically be interchanged to begin with. They could have just used 5x114.3 like most other manufactures and avoided this possibly serious safety issue.
So I tried to test fit the 5x114.3mm wheels on my car today, and I can tell without measuring that there is a noticeable offset of the studs to the outside from center on all lugs. SO despite what the wheel salesman said, do not try to use 114.3 wheels on a 115 lug. You may be able to mount the wheels on the car, but you will definitely be forcing your lug nuts on improperly.
 

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Factory diesel wheel measures 41 mm offset.
100% agreed. I was dealing with this issue over a year ago when I wanted to get summer wheels and tires. The pickings were very slim at that time for 115 wheels (I'm guessing much hasn't changed since) and every set that stood out were in 114.3. I had multiple customer service people on the wheel sites tell me they would be just fine. I stuck with my gut and held off. After about 2 months of searching, I was able to find a nice set of wheels in 115 that I was happy with. I have to take extra special care of them though, they are now discontinued...just my luck:-/
 

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http://www.summitracing.com/parts/crr-83-66518/overview/ I ran across these the size is correct and the offset seems good. I know there is a member that's near summit so lets try this its a good price also
Good find!

I suggest you test fit one before pulling the lever. If that picture is accurate they may not clear the very large front callipers on the diesel. If you pull up a picture of the OEM steelie, 13259235, and pay particular attention to the part of the wheel where the calliper resides, you'll notice that it is much more prenounced than that of this aftermarket wheel.
 
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Gonna call tomorrow and see the return policy. All the years I've bought there I never had to do a return with them lol
 

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I am having a hard time with the idea of paying dealer prices for the steelies!
So, I have done more research on a "cheap" steel wheel for the Diesel Cruze.

I found a listing for both 16" and 17" universal fit steel wheels that are supposed to fit the Diesel Cruze at Costco.ca
16": X99128N $38.99 each and 17": X99715N $58.99 each.

Here is a link to their fitment guide (see pg.13):
http://www.costco.ca/wcsstore/Costc.../Attachment/Steel_Wheels_Catalogue_Oct_20.pdf

I know Costco has an excellent return policy so if they don't fit oh well I'll take em' back.

I would guess that for ya'll south of the border that Costco.com has similar listings.
 
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I bought my steelies from the dealership for $64each. I really didn't find that overly expensive.


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I talked to them yesterday and if they don't clear I can send them back no problem So i ordered them and should have them by the weekend and see if it works great if not then its the gm steels ill order if I can find a decent price
 

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I put 4 17X7.5 5-100/115 Raceline Black FWD wheels @ $92.84 ea. 4 215/55R-17 94H Observe Garit KX BW mud/snow @ $172.46.

Along with lug nuts ,chrome valve stems, spin balance it was $ 1286.39. That includes $101.00 for tax.This was from my local Les Schwab Tire dealers. They test fit tires and wheels to make sure that all was well with clearance. Guaranteed in writing that if a clearance problem that would take them back at no charge. I also bought a set of TPMS from Ebay.

I like the looks very much and the ride and handle seems just fine.

Jeff
 

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I bought my steelies from the dealership for $64each. I really didn't find that overly expensive.
I was quoted $102. For that price it was tempting to buy alloys, but that has been difficult as well...

anyways, I ordered the 16" steel rims from Costco.ca, I hope they fit!
 

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i ordered the steel rims at costco, the 17 inch X99715N $58.99 each
everywhere i called was more expensive, even the michelin tires are better priced at Costco.

Hope the rims fit, if not i will buy them at a local tire shop, i called and was only 10$ more for 4 rims.

I would use alloys to save on fuel but we have lots of salt on the streets in the winter here in Quebec and they would get damaged quickly.
 
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