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Old June 6th, 2007, 08:48 AM   #1
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Okay, heres the scoop....................

I picked up an 8.8 low mileage, limited slip, disk brakes, to swap out with my original 8.8 with drum brakes.
I was told it was 5x5.5 wheel lugs.
It is not, it is out of the newer Fords, and has the metric pattern.

I would still like to put this under my truck, but I'm not sure if there is some type of conversion to 5x5.5.............maybe wheel spacers/adaptors, new axles, ect.........

Does anybody have any ideas?
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Old June 6th, 2007, 10:54 AM   #2
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I thought the metric pattern was the same as 5x5.5, just measured in metric..

I'd be curious just to find this out too.

*edit:

just checked some things, it's 5x135mm = 5x5.31496063" So I guess it isn't. I can't imagine there wouldn't be some sort of adapter. If you changed the axles you'd have to change the brakes too.
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Old June 6th, 2007, 11:38 AM   #3
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I thought the metric pattern was the same as 5x5.5, just measured in metric..

I'd be curious just to find this out too.

*edit:

just checked some things, it's 5x135mm = 5x5.31496063" So I guess it isn't. I can't imagine there wouldn't be some sort of adapter. If you changed the axles you'd have to change the brakes too.
I am going to try to contact a wheel spacer manufacturer today, to see if there is an adapter.
..........I think my only other option, is to contact a machinest.
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Old June 6th, 2007, 11:53 AM   #4
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I found these,............
http://www.adaptitusa.com/

Would this be safe enough for a Mud bogger?

I'm afraid with the torque of a v8 and the traction of the 35inch boggers, there might be a problem.

Has anybody run anything like this?
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Old June 6th, 2007, 12:52 PM   #5
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here's another option too

$100 for a pair

http://www.ezaccessory.com/Wheel_Ada.../5550-5135.htm

As for are they safe, there's varying opinions on them.

I've got 1 weekend run on mine plus some trailering, alittle over 300 miles so far. My jeep is only a 4 cyl. but I do have 35 x 16 x 15 boggers on the axle with the adapters. After the first day, I wheeled like I would have without them and so far so good. Mine are 2 piece which most consider even worse than the one piece ones. I bought mine from the website above which was the cheapest I could find.

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Old June 6th, 2007, 01:03 PM   #6
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Okay, heres the scoop....................

I picked up an 8.8 low mileage, limited slip, disk brakes, to swap out with my original 8.8 with drum brakes.
I was told it was 5x5.5 wheel lugs.
It is not, it is out of the newer Fords, and has the metric pattern.

I would still like to put this under my truck, but I'm not sure if there is some type of conversion to 5x5.5.............maybe wheel spacers/adaptors, new axles, ect.........

Does anybody have any ideas?
What was the axle out of?

Full size trucks from 1980-1996 used the 8.8 with 5x5.5 bolt pattern. Rangers/Explorers use the 8.8 with 5x4.5 bolt pattern.

*edit: Just saw it was a newer truck axle - 5x135mm
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Old June 6th, 2007, 01:08 PM   #7
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What was the axle out of?

Full size trucks from 1980-1996 used the 8.8 with 5x5.5 bolt pattern. Rangers/Explorers use the 8.8 with 5x4.5 bolt pattern.
I had my parts supplier run the numbers, and he said they match the axle out of a 99 E150.................I was told that it was a 5x5.5 by the seller, and I think the person who sold it to me honestly believed that. It's more my fault for not putting a tape measure across the studs.

I want to use this axle because it is very low mileage with the limited slip, and I want to run disk brakes.
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You should be able to redrill the shafts and rotors to the 5x5.5 pattern.

Or, since it's a mudbogger, buy 2 wheels for it. They shouldn't be that expensive.
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You should be able to redrill the shafts and rotors to the 5x5.5 pattern.

Or, since it's a mudbogger, buy 2 wheels for it. They shouldn't be that expensive.
...........except the issue might be in the wheels themselves.
I think Ford sold this wheel lug pattern only in the 16inch and 17inch rim. I already have all my rims and tires,..and they are 15 inch.
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[QUOTE=Jeeperz Creeperz;577347]You should be able to redrill the shafts and rotors to the 5x5.5 pattern.

I have done this to convert a 6 bolt to 5 bolt rear d44 axle, and it worked out fine, just be exact when laying it out.
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You should be able to redrill the shafts and rotors to the 5x5.5 pattern.

I have done this to convert a 6 bolt to 5 bolt rear d44 axle, and it worked out fine, just be exact when laying it out.
Did you just drill between the existing holes, and then fill the old holes in?
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On a 6 bolt I had to weld one hole closed to get a proper layout, in your situation I would just center between the existing holes.
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On a 6 bolt I had to weld one hole closed to get a proper layout, in your situation I would just center between the existing holes.
Thanks, I think I'm going to try this.
The center hub on the axle, seems to be the same diameter as my old axle. I might be able to reuse my old axle, and just redrill the rotor.
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