Does Yamaha Use The Same ATV Bolt Pattern as Honda?
Let me start by saying that not all ATV bolt patterns are the same. There are different designs, and you should never buy a wheel unless you’re 100% sure it will be a bolt-on fit. Say, while the Yamaha ATV bolt pattern is pretty universal, it won’t be a perfect match for every single ATV vehicle. Still, it’s not rare for all-terrain vehicle owners to put non-OEM wheels onto their four-wheelers.
In some cases, that proves to be a cheaper deal compared to new rims from official service centers. But, again, it can be pretty tricky even for an experienced driver. So, today, we’ll talk about bolt patterns in more detail, learn how to measure your quad’s pattern, and also ask the most important question – is Yamaha’s pattern the same as Honda’s? Let’s get to it!
What is a Bolt Pattern?
When you’re out shopping for a new set of wheels, one of the most important things to consider is the bolt pattern. If you get this wrong, most likely, it will be a complete waste of money, simply because the new wheels won’t fit your ATV. Essentially, a bolt pattern describes the number of lugs on the wheel. When it comes to four-wheelers, there are three major patterns: 3-, 4-, and 5-lugs. There are also 6-, 7-, and 8-hole patterns, but they’re not as popular.
Good news: it’s actually very easy to figure out the bolt pattern. Just take a close look at the rim/wheel. Can you see the holes in the center? Well, that’s your bolt pattern right there! So, as you can imagine, a 3-lug wheel won’t fit a 5-lug wheel hub and vice versa. Still, not all 3-lug wheels will go hand in hand with all 3-lug quad vehicles. Yes, it can get a bit confusing, which is why you need to learn how to measure the pattern to get things right.
Measuring your Bolt Pattern
A quick note: there are quite a few websites on the Internet that make the measurement process a lot easier. All you’ll have to do is enter your ATV’s make, model, and year, and the fitment guide will provide you with a list of wheels that will fit your vehicle. However, while these services can be quite handy, I still recommend taking the time to measure everything manually. That way, you can be 100% sure the installation/mounting will run smoothly.
Here’s a very simple way to look at this: bolt patterns refer to the measurement of a circle (it’s not real, just an imaginary one) that runs across the centerline of the lugs on the wheel. If your ATV’s hub has a five-lug pattern, I recommend measuring from the back of a hole on the left to the center of a hole on the right. Again: start on the outside edge, and measure across to the center. The same technique can be used with 7-lug patterns.
With a 3-lug pattern, imagine a circle that’s formed but the three holes on the wheel/hub. The right measurement would be the diameter of that circle. If it’s a four-lug pattern, the approach needs to be different. This time around, take the opposing holes and measure center-to-center – that’s pretty much it. This is a universal rule for all patterns that include an even number of plugs/studs (6 or 8).
On top of everything we just discussed, there’s a very easy way to check the pattern: I’m talking about using a so-called bolt circle template. It’s just a flat plate with lots of different holes that accurately represent various bolt patterns. It has marks that refer to different patterns. This tool is very handy for measuring wheel hubs, but it can be used for wheels and rims as well.
Put it on, and you’ll instantly see what pattern the holes line up to. So, if you’re struggling a bit with figuring out it all out, a circle template can be quite handy.
Yamaha + Honda – A Good Match, or Not?
And now for the main event! We just learned about different bolt patterns and how to measure them properly. With that out of the way, let us answer the title question: do Yamaha and Honda use the same bolt pattern? The short answer – yes, they do. Most Yamaha ATVs use the popular 4/110 pattern, and so do the Honda vehicles. So, go ahead and measure your ride’s pattern.
If it is, indeed a 4/110, and it matches the wheels you want to buy, then it’s a pair made in heavens! I do, however, want to stress out again that not all Yamahas and Hondas implement the 4/110 pattern. This is especially true for some older models, back when both companies used to experiment a lot with wheels, lugs, studs, and everything else in between. Still, for the most time, you won’t have to worry about any of that.
This is important: if there’s a lovely wheel out there, and it’s available at a great price, but it doesn’t match your Yamaha ATV’s hub, there’s a solution for this. It’s called an adapter ring, and you basically put it on the hub and it changes the pattern to match that wheel.
Alright, that’s all there is to say about bolt patterns! As we learned today, measuring an ATV’s bolt pattern can be lots of work if you don’t know how to do it properly. On the other hand, with the right knowledge and a little bit of experience, the whole thing will take very little time and effort. As for Yamaha and Honda, they build some of the finest and most reliable ATVs out there.
That is exactly why people are trying to match these two four-wheelers together. I’m confident that this guide will help you figure out the pattern for your Yamaha quad vehicle and find the right match, even if it’s a set of Honda wheels. Take care, and keep your eyes on the road!