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Thread: 6 TO 5 LUG CONVERSION
rotaryracer


1st Gear
Posts: 32
posted June 10, 2005 07:16 AM

6 TO 5 LUG CONVERSION

Does anybody know where I can get a conversion kit to change my lug pattern from a 6 lug to a 5 lug? I would like to find something fairly cheap. Not many choices for 6 lug wheels.

       
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Brad


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Posts: 1671
posted June 10, 2005 09:22 AM

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Does anybody know where I can get a conversion kit to change my lug pattern from a 6 lug to a 5 lug? I would like to find something fairly cheap. Not many choices for 6 lug wheels.


The Nissan Hardbody guys use Toyota Tacoma 5 lug front hubs and brakes.

       
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klaus42


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posted June 10, 2005 09:59 AM

Don't do it!

Get custom wheels built to your needs, around the six-lug center, instead! (I know, I know... not cheap... not unless you go steel... then they're remarkable affordable to have made.)

       
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rotormunky


Redlining
Orlando, Florida
Posts: 424
posted June 10, 2005 04:41 PM

Or you could just buy some six lug wheels. Any decent wheel manufacturer offers them. Krager, AR, BBS, etc.

There's a slew of garbage wheels being made these days (check out the next civic that rolls up next to you at a stop light) and these are the ones that are made exclusively in 4 and 5 lug patterns. Any of the reputable long term companies make their popular styles in six lug as well.


With regard to your question, no. There's not a 'kit'. You won't find anything easy on the REPU. No kits, no aftermarket support.

I believe the lugs are on the axles themselves. So technically you could cut them off weld on your own. Or you could try to find interchangable axles, good luck with that though.

You're better off just getting a rear end out of a toyota or s10 (probably your best bet as chevy aftermarket support is there), izuzu, etc. It'll be less work than trying to make those old axles work I think (opinion only).

Front end is another story. This issue has floated around for years now and I haven't heard anyone come up with a definitive swap piece.

I am JUST moving furniture back into my place after rebuilding it from last year's hurricane. Been almost nine months now. Hurricane season started last week, and one's on its way, so none too soon :)

Anyway, point is I can finally start working on my truck again. I won't get into the chassis for sometime though, still need to finish up the body.


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-Martin
Orlando, Florida

http://www.themonkeyhouse.org/REPU

'77 REPU (Some assembly required :)
'91 Cabrio (Battered and bruised, but she's still my baby.)

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klaus42


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posted June 10, 2005 10:23 PM

Good to hear from you again, Martin!

...sounds like the 'season' is always 'interesting' down in your neck 'o the woods...

Did Ford offer a rearend that would fit,provide the desired lug option, as well as the limited slip/gearing options they are famous for...?

Front end, indeed...

(I just would never, ever cheez out and use those stupid 'adapter plates' to mess up the wheel bearings right along with the handling, just to get a different lug pattern...!)

But then again, I like 6 lugs... even the left-hand thread ones...! :)

       
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rotaryracer


1st Gear
Posts: 32
posted June 13, 2005 06:54 AM

Finally got a chance to view your replies. I spent about six hours at les shwab this weekend looking through wheel books. I have only found a few wheels that fit my tase but unfortunatly, don't fit my truck. They told me they could get adapters for about a hundred bucks a wheel. My problem with the adapters is that they will frog my truck out placing my wheels about two inches past the fenders. I was told that there were other plates that wouldnt do that. I have also been wondering if the Courier front rotors and rear end would fit the Mazda. I believe they should be 5 lug.

       
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klaus42


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Posts: 1877
posted June 13, 2005 10:08 AM

'Plates' are for porting...

...NOT screwing up REPU chassis geometry/wheel bearings !

Couriers had the same exact 6-bolt setup. The front spindles do fit... but then your wheel center no longer has a place to hang out... and, they're probably not as heavy duty. They are right-hand thread studs, too... as versus the REPU's left-hand ones on the driver's side...

Courier rearends are likely not nearly as tough, either... and the gearing is most likely different. Nothing to gain.

Forget Schwab if you don't like what they offer; is Willamette Wheel Works still in business? They'll custom-build you a set (for example) of stock-appearing steels to whatever max width/functional offset you can figure out to get the maximum sticky onder your fenders with no issues... (which sounds like it might soon become essential for your fresh motor)...

Perhaps they could also recommend some *affordable* alloy option that IS to your liking...?

What about the TireRack on-line... don't they sell wheels?

Time to google! Let us know how it goes... :)

       
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Brad


Rotorhead
Posts: 1671
posted June 13, 2005 10:58 AM

late model Mazda trucks

are five lug. You'd have to do a lot of R&D to work on a swap over. For something like this, just go to the junkyard with dial caliper and tape measure and start checking......................

       
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rotaryracer


1st Gear
Posts: 32
posted June 13, 2005 12:16 PM

That sucks about the Courier. I was just online and found this site called EZACCESSORY.COM and they carry a wheel adapter that will change it from a 6 lug 5.5 to a 5 lug pattern for $129 a pair. But they are 2" thick and I'm already a quarter inch past my fenders.

       
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klaus42


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Posts: 1877
posted June 13, 2005 05:28 PM

Appearance is secondary...

...to function, IMHO--especially if you're getting a motor that's really gonna put out.

Recommend you stick with suspension mods/wheels that perform at the limits!

There's more room under there -especially in back- for much-needed sticky rubber by using 'different' offset rims than with 'whatever' that sticks out too much.

Steel *can* be lighter than alloy... if you get the right stuff...

Of course, if you're building a lowrider, that's another story!

       
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