08-07-2009, 02:39 PM
Join Date: Feb 2009
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?
'94 Jeep YJ Wrangler
4.0L I-6/AX-15 5-spd./NP231
2" 4WD Hardware Body Lift
D44 TTB 4WD IFS Conversion w/coilovers & bypasses
4-link rear w/coilovers & bypasses
'49 Jeep Willy's Pick-up Truck
14-bolt rear/D60 front 2/40" BFG MTR's on H2 8-lugs