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Redrilling rims??

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by jekquistk5, Feb 21, 2006.

  1. jekquistk5

    jekquistk5 Weld nekid Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    I have 3 swampers with steel wagons with 6 lug chevy pattern. Can these be redrilled to be 8 on 6.5??? Just trying to get my gameplan together for the next couple of months, and trying to figure out what I need to buy etc. If I could save myself a couple of bucks that would be cool.
     
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    I'm no expert, but I think that would compromise the strength of the center part of the rim by redrilling it. You can get 15" 8 lug rims at Summit for about $45 a piece or so. :D

    Rick
     
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    i dont recommend that at all. im no expert, believe me. But as Rick said, it will weaken the center and that can lead to issues, even accidents.
     
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    At least two of the holes will overlap, but you could weld up the interfering holes first. I wouldn't worry about the strength, that's rediculous. But I also wouldn't waste my time doing it either. It would cost more than it is worth to have a machine shop do it and you wouldn't get it right with a drill, let alone getting the bevel angle correct. New wheels are cheap and used ones cheaper.
     
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    I am not sure the centers would fit even if you could redrill the holes and not get them out of round. Bite the bullet and buy a new set of rims.
     
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    ive seen it done, but i wouldn't do it, it would be hard to get it right. arn't the wheels on your truck now a 15"? or are your new tires have a different wheel size?
     
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    I have heard of macine shops redrilling axles and hubs , swapping stuff wasn't as easy back then as it is now .

    But I have never heard of anyone redrilling rims .
     
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    Ok Looks like I'm buying 5 new rims. the Tires I just got are 16.5" rims rather then the 15" that I allready had
    heres what I have now. I am buying 2 new ones in about 3 weeks, so I'll just order the rims then too
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