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Old 09-17-2010, 06:04 PM   #1
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Can I remove bolts in wheel hub?

I started off today with what I thought was an easy project. Install a spare tire spacer and while I had the tire off, install Delta Lug Nut Lights. Per usual with my projects, everything went wrong and I've been at it for hours. Calling on help from you guys.

First off as an FYI, if anyone has a receiver bumper, a standard spare tire relocator doesn't bring it up high enough to clear the receiver with a 33". 30 bucks in metal drill bits and new holes later, I got it raised up enough to barely clear.

When I went to install the Lug Nut Lights I realized my hub had 5 bolts so I have no way to put the lights through. I banged on the back hoping the bolts were removable but no such luck. Before I really screw it up, is there anything I can do to remove them? My next option was to lose the hub and drill new holes that line up correctly in the stock mount, but the offset isn't right so it wont work either.

Any ideas aside from buying a new hub?

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Old 09-17-2010, 06:33 PM   #2
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If you can see the top of the lug bolts on the other side of that spacer then you can press them out (hammering them can cause damage but it's doable. use a large socket on the bottom to keep the hub from bending)

or, borrow an angle grinder (or better, buy one ) and chop it and drill it out maybe?

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Old 09-17-2010, 07:42 PM   #3
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A 33" may be somewhat heavy for your tailgate mounted carrier. This opinion is per numerous past posts on this forum
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Old 09-17-2010, 07:42 PM   #4
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It does not stick out on the other side but I can see the other side. It's set in maybe 1/4". Drilling out may be my only option. This should be fun...
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Old 09-17-2010, 08:34 PM   #5
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The wheel hub studs are removable as they are just pressed into place. A hammer will punch them out if needs be. A vise is even easier if you have access to one.
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Old 09-17-2010, 08:47 PM   #6
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Ya i know technically 33 is too big. I have good hinges so ill ride it til it breaks. Tire carriers are just too expensive. I don't get to go offroad often so it should be ok
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Old 09-18-2010, 11:15 AM   #7
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Thanks for the help. A 3lb mini sledge busted them out.
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Old 10-22-2010, 07:28 AM   #8
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Daily driving I've never had an issue with mine at all. I actually doubled up my rubber stoppers, got an extra long 8 series bolt and drilled through the tailgate and washer/bolted the mount on. That was my ghetto way to push it out beyond the bumper until I got my spacer, and still no issues. People say when it is bouncing around on the trail it could snap-which is fair to say. Unfortunately I haven't had the opportunity to test it on the trail, though the previous owner did with no issue. I'm going to run it until something breaks and then ill kick myself and get a new tailgate and a carrier. Carriers are just too damn expensive when I have something that seemingly works.

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A 33" may be somewhat heavy for your tailgate mounted carrier. is the 33" really heavy for tailgate mounted carrier? errrrrrr,I just bought one. jeep wheels really confuses me.

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