Can I remove bolts in wheel hub? - Jeep Wrangler Forum

Go Back   Jeep Wrangler Forum > TJ Jeep Wrangler Forum > TJ Tech Forum

Join Wrangler Forum Today


Reply
 
Thread Tools

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on WranglerForum.com
Old 09-17-2010, 06:04 PM   #1
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 125
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?

ollie526 is offline   Quote
Old 09-17-2010, 06:33 PM   #2
Jeeper
 
aelwero's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Fort Bliss TX
Posts: 1,669
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?

__________________
'71 DJ-5 (that isn't a typo)
'10 JKU Sport RHD

RHD... it's a jeep thing
aelwero is offline   Quote
Old 09-17-2010, 07:42 PM   #3
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: San Jose Calif.
Posts: 1,006
A 33" may be somewhat heavy for your tailgate mounted carrier. This opinion is per numerous past posts on this forum
03 RUBI is offline   Quote
Old 09-17-2010, 07:42 PM   #4
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 125
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...
ollie526 is offline   Quote
Old 09-17-2010, 08:34 PM   #5
Abe Froman

5-Year WF Supporting Member
 
doclouie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Was in the mountains, now in Texas
Posts: 3,726
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.
__________________
2000 Sahara, 3.5" Rubicon Express Lift, 1" spring spacer & 1" Body Lift, 33" or 35" BFG Mud tires, Front & Rear ARB, Rancho 9000 shocks, UCF Ultra High Belly Up

doclouie is offline   Quote
Old 09-17-2010, 08:47 PM   #6
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 125
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
ollie526 is offline   Quote
Old 09-18-2010, 11:15 AM   #7
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 125
Thanks for the help. A 3lb mini sledge busted them out.
ollie526 is offline   Quote
Old 10-22-2010, 07:28 AM   #8
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 125
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.



Quote:
Originally Posted by jackjroadster View Post
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.

ollie526 is offline   Quote
Reply

Tags
delta lug nut lite , hub

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
How to fix a loose/wobbly steering column. Just-Jimmy YJ Tech Forum 6 08-31-2012 11:58 PM
TJ airbag light on and horn not working, clockspring DontTellMeAboutCajun TJ General Discussion Forum 8 07-14-2012 02:47 PM
Please explain the ESP system to me spleify JK Tech Forum 10 08-08-2010 05:46 PM
HELP-What Socket For Front Wheel Hub Bolts? catchone YJ General Discussion Forum 3 10-13-2008 07:46 AM
Broken upper shock bolts RUBICONVICT TJ General Discussion Forum 6 04-10-2007 11:25 PM



Download our Mobile App

» Featured Product

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:16 AM.


User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.1.0 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2015 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

Jeep®, Wrangler, Liberty, Wagoneer, Cherokee, and Grand Cherokee are copyrighted and trademarked to Chrysler Motors LLC.
Wranglerforum.com is not in any way associated with the Chrysler Motors LLC