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Old 03-12-2004, 11:47 AM
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Wheel Adapters, Are They Safe?

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im New To This Forum I have searched aBout This But I Cant find info

I Own a f-150 1988 and Im Planning in Buying a set of wheels as you Know the best Looking Wheels are for the new bolt patterns
So.. How Safe Is to use The wheel adapter for a 5X135 Bolt pattern oR the 6X135

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ive worked in the wheel and tire industry for a some years. we always told our customers that they are not safe to use. if you are looking for a nice 16 inch truck wheel american racing should have plenty to fit. if your looking for some flashy 20 or 22 inch jobs thats where your problems come in. i say stick with whatever bolt pattern is on the truck now, you'll have the least problems.
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In my opinion, wheel adapters are NOT safe.....plus, they put undue stress on wheel bearings etc.
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Ok tHAnkS i Think im Gonna Use some Lightning Replica
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A cheap alternative (and much safer) would to have the drums/rotors and axles redrilled to the pattern you want, with new studs installed.
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wheel adapters

I used wheel adapters on my wagon.My lugs stripped twice and my wheel almost fell off.i ended up drilling a small hole in the end of the expossed stud (orginal rotor stud that came through the adapter) after i puton the lug nut.I put a cotter pin in the hole and it keeps the lug from backin off the adapter and everything stays tight.
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