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Old January 5th, 2007, 09:15 AM   #1
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on a dana 44 would it make the axle weaker if i drilled it for a 4.5 inch bolt pattern??
i've seen some axles w/ holes for both 4.5 and 5.5 inch patterns. what would you suggest to line up the holes properly so they aren't drilled off center?? i was thinking just line up another shaft that has the pattern in it.
i think one of my buddies would assist me; he has a lathe if that would help.
i found some adapters, but if i could drill them out for a lot less; i'd rather do that. thanks!
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Old January 6th, 2007, 08:10 PM   #2
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why dont you use 5.5 rims? there plentifull, shit ill give you a set myself if itll keep you from drilling your flanges (ya its a bad idia!)
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already have a matching set w/ the backspacing i want and my tires already mounted on them. i'll probably get some adapters, just thought i'd check on the whole drilling issue....
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dont do it the list of things that can go wrong would make my hands cramp from typing
get the adapters and save$ in the long run
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Having the axles redrilled isn't a problem- Moser does it all the time. However, you will have issues with the center register, since it is too big for the 5 on 4 1/2
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Having the axles redrilled isn't a problem- Moser does it all the time. However, you will have issues with the center register, since it is too big for the 5 on 4 1/2
they do it the right way with the right tools.
axle flanges are heat treated improper drilling can couse fractures you wont see w/out magnaflux and even then you cant trust them
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Dosent some one make a spacer that goes from 5 on 5.5 to 5 on 4.5???
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Dosent some one make a spacer that goes from 5 on 5.5 to 5 on 4.5???
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axle flanges are heat treated improper drilling can couse fractures you wont see w/out magnaflux and even then you cant trust them
Umm, yeah.

They redrill them with a drill press...
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Umm, yeah.

They redrill them with a drill press...
Agreed lol. They have a jig set up and do it with a small horizontal mill. I can do them but it would take a week or so turn around and set ya back $55.
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