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6 lug hubs for 14 bolt

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by jimmyjack, Dec 5, 2001.

  1. jimmyjack

    jimmyjack 1/2 ton status

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    Is a 6 lug hub for a 14bolt ff common? Is it an aftermarket specialty item? Just curious cos I really like my wheels and tires and don't want to get rid of either! Is it a whole axle? Or a splined hub, by the way?

    That jeep thing? Yah I understand it....... Like my Blazer? <a target="_blank" href=http://community.webshots.com/user/blazerk5>http://community.webshots.com/user/blazerk5</a>
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    No, not common at all.

    There is a member here who took a regular 8 lug bearing hub and machined it down to fit the 6 lug wheels and redrilled the holes, too. Can't remember who it was though. [​IMG]


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    I think it was Donavon that did that? Not sure though.[​IMG]

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    How hard is it to machine down the 8-lug bearing hub and redrill the holes?? Can you do this without removing the axle shafts?
     
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    Donovan does that mod.Heres pics of his stuff community.webshots.com/user/beaterwhang
     
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    Did one my self this week, I turned the hubs down on a brake lathe for mine and had a local shop bore the hubs out for 6 bolt. The shop also truned the axels down to match.

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    What is your total estimated cost for the conversion to 6 lug?

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    I'm getting ready to dig myself into a 14 bolter!!!! When you bored out the hub did you have to fill in the other holes? Is there room for fourteen holes on the hub? And what'd it cost? kinda, sorta, give or take a few bucks?

    That jeep thing? Yah I understand it....... Like my Blazer? <a target="_blank" href=http://community.webshots.com/user/blazerk5>http://community.webshots.com/user/blazerk5</a>
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    i cant believe he went to all that trouble to save the ugliest wheels made
    you can buy those in 8 lug for next to nothing
     
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    At this pont I have 200 in the axel, 40 in spring pads. 20 in new 1/2 wheel studs and 100 for the hubs to be milled out for the 6 bolt patern. pluss about 4 hours of my time on a auto parts brake lathe. I just did not want to buy 7 new wheels 7 new tires, plus the cost of changeing over the front to 3/4 ton hub and junk.

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    <font color=blue>blazer72, how did you set up a brake lathe to machine a 14ff hub? I'm guessing with the drum bit?
     
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    Turned the bar upside down then used both the bit for the drum and one for the disc to get the cuts

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    He was using that wheel as sort of a display with out showing exactly what was done.I dont blame him .Myself and others asked to see it w/out the wheel but he said no.

    Some people shouldnt drive anything bigger than their head.<a target="_blank" href=http://community.webshots.com/user/beaterwhang>community.webshots.com/user/beaterwhang</a>
     
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    What do you mean he said "no"? Why not?

    <font color=green>"I'm old enough to know better, but I'm still to young to care!"</font color=green><P ID="edit"><FONT class="small">Edited by CarolinaBlazer on 12/06/01 01:30 AM.</FONT></P>
     
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    Probably wants to play his cards close to his vest. [​IMG]

    If you figured out a way to do something, like this, would you want to tell everybody or would you want to try to make some money instead? [​IMG]


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    Well I tell you what its not a big thing and there is no real money to be made here. My camra is out being fixed as sone as it gets back which is friday I hope I will take photos and post them. I reused the disc that I had on the warn kit and fited the out side of the hub to the wheel which is a about 4.175 in dia. The inside is 4.168 the studes are 1/2 2.75 long. We talked about the hows and why and I tryed to talk to Dorean but got nothing. The hub centers up very nice in the bearing races on the lathe by the way.

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    Yup ,what K30guy said [​IMG]

    Some people shouldnt drive anything bigger than their head.<a target="_blank" href=http://community.webshots.com/user/beaterwhang>community.webshots.com/user/beaterwhang</a>
     
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    That makes sense to me. As far as Im concerned, 3/4 ton front end stuff is junk. Its just a 1/2 ton axle with extra weight added by the heavy rotor/hub assembly. One good thing I have heard about it over 1/2 ton is braking ability. I guess they have better calipers or something.

    I think you did the right thing Ken, plus thats one trick mod. Dare to be different.

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