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Old 08-07-2009, 02:39 PM   #1
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8-lug to 5-lug wheel conversion???

We just got a new project vehicle (a '49 Jeep Willy's P/U truck) and we're gonna swap the weak stock axles out for a 14-bolt rear and a D60 front so that we can run 37's on it.



I've found quite a few 14-bolts in the local salvage yards, but they are all 8-lug patterns and the Willy's is a 5-lug pattern. . .I haven't found a D60 yet so I'm not sure where that will end up. . .



Anyway. . .what would I need to do to convert the 8-lug set-up to a 5-lug set-up? I know they make wheel spacers and wheel adpaters, but do they make them to go from an 8-lug to a 5-lug? The adapter may make the wheels/tires stick out WAY too far (even for my taste) without going with a custom backspacing which would defeat the purpose of doing this on a budget (not the 4-wheeling was EVER cheap!!!). . .so I don't know if that's the way I wanna go even if they do make such an adapter.



I think the preferred route would be to convert to a 5-lug set-up. . .as I haven't done that before. . .what would I need to get and do to perform such a mod?



I'm a qualified welder and have my own welder at home so I'm not worried about physically being able to do the work. . .I'm just not sure where to start?

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Old 08-07-2009, 03:26 PM   #2
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If it were me I would just buy new wheels and tires, probably be cheaper that way.

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Old 08-07-2009, 03:32 PM   #3
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That's one of the options I was considering as well. . .I'm just making sure that I know what all my options are so that I don't just do something and then wish I had done something different a couple of months down the road.

I'm looking for 8-lug wheels now. . .the biggest determining factor will be what lug pattern the D60 front comes in on a stock truck. . .I would guess 8-lug as well.
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4-link rear w/coilovers & bypasses

'49 Jeep Willy's Pick-up Truck
350SBC/TH350/NP205
14-bolt rear/D60 front 2/40" BFG MTR's on H2 8-lugs
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Old 08-07-2009, 11:28 PM   #4
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I am fairly sure the gm 2500/3500 front
d60s are 8 lug
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Old 08-08-2009, 08:13 PM   #5
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ya 8 lug
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