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#1 crazylong127

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Posted 01 June 2008 - 07:52 PM

ok so i just got a set of 6 lugs that will work. now my question is what size of bit do i need to drill the holes? i have access to a drill press on base. so what are all the tools that i will need to do this?

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Posted 02 June 2008 - 12:51 AM

1) Get a hub off of a Subaru. ( you want to use an old one, like a used up drum off the rear. That way you don't run the risk of ruining the knurl mating surface for the lug studs on a good one )

2) Knock out two opposing lug studs. Diagonal from each other.

3) Use the remaining studs, and two lug nuts to secure the hub to the wheel being drilled. Be sure it is tight, as this acts as your guide for drilling the wheel.

4) Attacking the situation from behind, use the holes in the hub as a guide to begin drilling your new holes. This means you will be drilling through the holes that you just removed the studs from, from the inside of the hub, towards the outside, and into the back of the wheel.

I used a 1/2 inch drill bit. You could go a little larger if you like, but I don't see a point. The 1/2 inch holes worked perfect.

And a Very good drill.

And a can of Cutting Oil This will allow you to use the drill bit more than this one time.:rolleyes:

I used a good corded drill, as even my really nice cordless one would only drill a couple of wheels before the battery went dead. It was much slower as well.

For the tapered mating surface for the lug nut, you could use a larger drill bit. From the front of the wheel, use the larger bit to make a small taper in the holes you just drilled, making a nice small seat for the lug nut, similar to the ones on the rest of the wheels original holes. Anything a little over an inch would work good to lightly make a tapered lug surface. I however didn't have a drill bit of that size, and didn't do this. I have yet to have any problems. For anyone scoring at home; I could really care less if you personally think this is a big no-no. A tight lug nut, is a tight lug nut.


I'm not sure of the size of the drill press you have access to, but it may be more of a problem than just doing them with a hand held drill. The size of the wheel (especially if it has a tire on it) may make it very difficult to get into the drill press. I would honestly just use a really good corded drill. If you pay attention, this is a pretty hard thing to screw up.

Good luck. Enjoy your new tire options!:burnout:

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Posted 02 June 2008 - 06:36 PM

thank you very much. this will be very helpful. by the way nice picture.

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Posted 05 June 2008 - 06:09 PM

has anyone had any issues with the angle of the taper not matching the lug nuts and therefore the lug nuts working loose?

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Posted 06 June 2008 - 12:26 AM

has anyone had any issues with the angle of the taper not matching the lug nuts and therefore the lug nuts working loose?


I did the same thing (hand drill). my taper is even more redneck, as I just slanted the same drill bit, which effectively tapers both sides of the hole (inside/outside). I have really thick/heavy wheels though. have not had any problems, or nuts come loose in the last 2 years.

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Posted 06 June 2008 - 08:41 PM

has anyone had any issues with the angle of the taper not matching the lug nuts and therefore the lug nuts working loose?


I use a 60 deg bevel to make the lug nuts fit good.

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Posted 16 June 2008 - 06:48 AM

I just drilled out the hubs on my wagon so that all 6 lug wheels will fit. That gives me more than just better tire selection, now I can get wheels from Nissan, Chevy, and Toyota, and they bolt right on. Just my $.02.

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Posted 16 June 2008 - 08:44 AM

Have to agree with cd drill the hubs not the rim,looks much better more wheel options:eek:

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Posted 22 June 2008 - 04:51 PM

Have to agree with cd drill the hubs not the rim,looks much better more wheel options:eek:


well i got my wheels drilled and mounted up. they still rub on hard turns and big bumps. much better than before.


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#10 Spiffy

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Posted 22 June 2008 - 10:12 PM

wow, those things are stuffed in there! what size are they?

with the rust on the wells I would think that it would eat into the tread over bumps...


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Posted 22 June 2008 - 10:15 PM

wow, those things are stuffed in there! what size are they?

with the rust on the wells I would think that it would eat into the tread over bumps...


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yeah that picture was before i beat on them some more. they are 235/75/15's. 28" diameter. now they only rub on big bumps. i like the way it makes it look.

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Posted 22 June 2008 - 10:41 PM

sweet!

got an updated pic?

according to the tire size calculator you gained 4.2 inches, which is like a 2.1 inch lift...

went from 24.7" to 28.9" diameter...

"Speedometer reading with non-stock tire is 17.1% too slow.
When your speedo reads 60 mph, you are actually traveling 70.3 mph."

don't get a ticket! hehe...


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Posted 23 June 2008 - 06:20 AM

sweet!

got an updated pic?

according to the tire size calculator you gained 4.2 inches, which is like a 2.1 inch lift...

went from 24.7" to 28.9" diameter...

"Speedometer reading with non-stock tire is 17.1% too slow.
When your speedo reads 60 mph, you are actually traveling 70.3 mph."

don't get a ticket! hehe...


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actually i went from a 22.6 to a 28.9. lol 6.3 diffenerce/ 3.1 inch lift. i will take more pics of it today after work.

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Posted 23 June 2008 - 05:26 PM

that looks sick!

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Posted 23 June 2008 - 07:42 PM

that looks sick!


thanks man. i wanted to try to put these on without a lift. the fronts are no problem but the backs still rub a little at the front when i hit big bumps. we will see. i will try to work them a little more.

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Posted 01 July 2008 - 02:14 AM

what vehicle did those wheels come off of.

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Posted 01 July 2008 - 04:18 PM

what vehicle did those wheels come off of.

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they came off of an isizu trooper

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Posted 15 July 2008 - 03:44 AM

what is the size of these 15 buy 6 or 16 buy 7

Just curious if the wheels jut out. IM not so concerned with the tires because i would be running low profile tires on mine, but im curious if you didnt have the big wheels on it would the rims stick out from the car.
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Posted 15 July 2008 - 03:58 AM

what is the size of these 15 buy 6 or 16 buy 7

Just curious if the wheels jut out. IM not so concerned with the tires because i would be running low profile tires on mine, but im curious if you didnt have the big wheels on it would the rims stick out from the car.
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they are 15x6's. the rim is pretty much even with the fender. maybe a little inside the fender. i ended up taking a sawza to the fenders. so with no lift and some trimming i fit 235\75\15s on my 87 dl!!!

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Posted 15 July 2008 - 05:38 PM

1bignose has 30 inch under his and no lift it looks cool lot of trimming but he made it look pretty good you should see his pic

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Posted 18 July 2008 - 01:45 AM

are you sure there 15 x 6. the only reason i ask is because ive been checking and i cant find any 6 inch wide rims for an isuzu only 6 1/2 and 7

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