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Old 09-30-2003, 06:28 AM
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aftermarket axle bolt pattern

This is my first post, I checked previous posts for info but did not find the answers I am looking for. I recently purchased a narrowed 9" ford rear that will just fit under my 55 pickup with the wheels and tires I purchased sometime ago for a good price. The wheels are chevy and the aftermarket axles in the rear are ford lug pattern. They are strange axles and I didnt think it would be a big deal to have a new pattern drilled and tapped, but i forgot about the center lip that fits in the center of the wheel or brake drum, I intend to put disc brakes on but that center still need to fit to support weight I guess. Chevy centers are bigger so the wheel will fit but would that be strong if center section didnt give extra support. Could i have a insert make to make up the difference in diameter. Has anyone ever came up against this or have i created myself problems with this wheel and axle combo. I hate to buy new wheels since these are brand new and mounted and balanced. I would greatly appreciate any suggestions.

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Personally I wouldn't worry about the center ring, after you bolt on the 5 lug nuts the center section would have little bearing on the support of the car, besides LOTS of rearends don't even have this center ring and seem to get along fine.
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I agree with the center ring, most aftermarket rims i have seen don't fit the axle center section tight. I would be sure the rear brake disk fit tight on this ring though.
As for a bolt pattern, I sent a pair of axles out to Moser Engineering to get re-drilled, cost $30 plus $45 shipping. Be sure to call them first.
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yeah , dont sweat the inner ring it really doesnt matter unless your hauling a lot of weight. My rotors don't fit it real good either and the rear brakes work great.
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brake register

The little ring is called a brake register,, the only thing its for is to keep drum brakes centerd over the shoes,, disk brakes wont pulse if the rotor isn't centered. Drums pulse sumpin awful if off center. Don't worry about it on a disk setup.
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