As GM Authority has covered in the past, General Motors is currently contending with a widespread shortage of LPO-level (dealer-installed) 22-inch wheels, which are currently unavailable due to constraints in the supply chain. Now, GM Authority has learned from sources familiar with the matter that the automaker expects the impacted 22-inch wheels to be available again in late April or early May.
Back in November of 2020, GM Authority was the first to report that one of the optional 22-inch wheels offered for the new 2021 Chevy Tahoe and 2021 Chevy Suburban (specifically the 22-inch 6-split-spoke Chrome wheels, RPO code SF1) was unavailable. Later in January, we broke the story that supplier issues had also hit availability of the optional 22-inch wheels offered for the 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500 pickup truck, with a total of six Silverado 1500 wheel options affected.
By the end of January, GM Authority reported that all dealer-installed 22-inch General Motors wheels were unavailable to order, with affected models including the Chevy Silverado 1500, GMC Sierra 1500, Chevy Tahoe, Chevy Suburban, GMC Yukon, and Cadillac Escalade.
In a follow-up, GM Authority provided an exclusive report on the cause of the 22-inch General Motors wheel shortage. As uncovered in March, the 22-inch wheels in question have already been shipped to the U.S. from their respective production facilities in China, and are currently sitting in containers in the port of Los Angeles waiting to clear customs. Once the wheels clear customs, they will be put into the distribution chain.
“It looks like a skyscraper,” said one GM Authority source in reference to the stacks of containers carrying the GM wheels in Los Angeles.
In response to the supply issue, General Motors has resorted to flying in limited quantities of the 22-inch wheels to help fill orders. However, this process is limited given the restrictions of air cargo.