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6lug 14bolt FF

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by CHEVY 4WD, Jul 29, 2003.

  1. CHEVY 4WD

    CHEVY 4WD 1/2 ton status

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    Had anyone done it? I dont think there is a wheel out there with a big enough center bore to allow the FF hub I had mine machined down to 4 5/16 and its not gonna work there not much more to take off before you get to the bolt holes either, All the wheels i looked at today have about a 4 1/4 centerbore /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif
     
  2. MTBLAZER89

    MTBLAZER89 3/4 ton status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    hmmm never thought about that. I almost did the conversion too. I'll browse some sites and see what I can find for ya /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    I never did understand the need to go 8 lug to 6 lug, except to save some money. Personally I like the look of the 8 lug, and the studs are bigger and more of them, gotta be stronger. I guess I get a little pleasure from seeing my Blazer with a 8 lug set-up knowing that they never came that way /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif
     
  4. dyeager535

    dyeager535 1 ton status Premium Member

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    I'm sure for most people its because of the money invested into the wheels.

    Me, I like the stock 6 lug ralleys, and that's one other thing to prevent me from going to a 14 or 60 in the back.

    If the lugs were the weak point, most people would break those before they broke axles. You are right though, a 14FF with 6 lugs would just make the lugs th next weakest link.

    In the grand scheme of things, I think the 6 lug setup will hold up to plenty of abuse for moderate off-roading (no reason to go 6 lug if all out though!), it's strengthening the axles/carrier without the matching 8 lugs that is the problem.
     
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    Did a quick search and poof!

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    Donovan is the man when it comes to this,he sells this setup /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    I guess thats the other thing I don't get, why invest money in wheels on your 4x4 if you use it as a 4x4? I picked up some 8 lug "rock crawlers" for like $32 ea to replace my bling bling chrome 6 lugs...for me its about function, I would never spend a lot on rims for my 4x4. It seems like cutting a corner to me to convert an 8 lug to 6 lug, it gives you no advantage except that it saves some money right now. I dunno, JMO, I like how my truck looks now vs. before, and doing the 8 lug swap in front make me feel like its stronger even if it really isn't /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif /forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif
     
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    [ QUOTE ]
    Did a quick search and poof!


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    Boy, that damn search button at it again /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif
     
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    haven't heard many people with 14SF 6 lug rims loosing the tire, they still break the axle or u-joints...
     
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    here's a 8 to 6 lug hub....

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    Is that something you made or is that available for the masses?

    Kris
     
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    Even if a stock steel Ralley wheel could be machined out to fit around that hub body, what about the center cap? Can it be machined inside of it to fit around the hub body also? /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif

    Like Dorian, I, too, like the stock steel Ralley wheels with the caps and rings attached. One of the best looking setups offered by GM, IMO. /forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif
     
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    thats available...but the edges come out thinner around where the studs from the hub come through..
     
  14. dyeager535

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    I guess thats the other thing I don't get, why invest money in wheels on your 4x4 if you use it as a 4x4?

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    That's the thing for me personally. With the 8 lug setup, you can't have a set of the stock ralleys that I like. 6 lug only. So my choices (if I ever break a 10 bolt) are to lose the wheels I really like (and no, they weren't expensive, I just like them) or adapt a 60 or 14 to 6 lug.

    Everyone has a different opinion, the difference is how the truck will be used. I won't EVER need the additional strength two extra lugs might give you, but some might. So there would be no reason for me to go 8 lug, and have to re-wheel with something I won't like.
     
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    I have to say Dorian you are much more of an auto enthusiast than I am when it comes to originality and appearance /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif I can understand why you would stay 6 lug. For me, my Blazer is a toy, and I have no problem cutting and modifying it /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif

    If the swap was merely to save money, I'd say no. To keep a stock appearnce cause you like it that way, than /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    ORU in CA will turn one into a 6 lug SF for a couple grand.
     
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    There is a company online that machines hubs for 14bff out of aluminum that are 6lug. Only problem is I cant find the website /forums/images/graemlins/frown.gif I will post it as soon as i find it. I dont think they were cheap. /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif

    berg
     
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    I could almost swear that I read on here one time that the early 90s light duty 3/4 tons had 6lug 14b sf. I don't know this for sure, but I read in this forum so it's gotta be right, right?

    Kirk
     
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    6lug 14bolt SF are easy to find and you can find them in newer 3/4tons but I gotta FF
     

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