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Old October 9th, 2006, 10:23 PM   #1
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4 Lug vs. 5 Lug Wheels


I was wondering if there is a significant differance or reason why some people do a 5 lug conversion for wheels. Is it just so they can get a specific type of wheel on their car, or does it serve a different purpose?

How hard or expensive is it to do a 4 to 5 lug conversion?
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Wider selection of wheels is the major reason. Strength is another reason for cars that make alot of horsepower. It is fairly easy to convert and will cost you about $300 to $500 depending on what route you go. The easiest way is to get 2 driver side 83-92 ranger axles and drums (or 2 passenger side 86-97 Aerostar axles and drums) from a junk yard and a new set of Lincoln Mark VII rotors from and auto parts store.
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You know, it really sucks when Darrel answers a question because he never leaves anything left for the rest of us... heh.

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Originally Posted by mdvaldosta
You know, it really sucks when Darrel answers a question because he never leaves anything left for the rest of us... heh.

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+1 Thats definetly the cheapest way to go. Alot of companies also sell conversion kits. I was just looking at a conversion kit last night for 299.99. That was just for the rear though. So, if you go all brand new I would guess about $500-600 or half of that from a junkyard.
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I am working on a 65 Mustang and was converting my 4 lug pattern to 5. I already got the rear axle out of a 75 maverick for $30, but I cannot seem to find a car with a similar front end. Any one know of any cars that will work with this mustang. It can be drumb or disk brakes.
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How much power can a 4 lug easily handle under hard launch conditions?
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Originally Posted by streetrodder15
I am working on a 65 Mustang and was converting my 4 lug pattern to 5. I already got the rear axle out of a 75 maverick for $30, but I cannot seem to find a car with a similar front end. Any one know of any cars that will work with this mustang. It can be drumb or disk brakes.
Find a 64-66 (possibly up to 68) Mustang with a V8 and take the entire spindle and brake assembly. There are alot of them in junk yards but you have to do a little work and look for them.
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Originally Posted by billb303
How much power can a 4 lug easily handle under hard launch conditions?
I know guys that are making 600hp at the wheels and still running 4 lug axles but they have bigger balls than me. I think the only reason they are doing it is because they have good Strange axles and wheels and don't want to have to buy new wheels and axles. The stock 28 spline axles will break before the 4 lug wheel studs will.
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i have never broke an axle in a car, but i have been on a tractor when one broke. If the ride in a car is like anything that i experienced on that tractor, i never want to do that again. I was like 12 or 13 at the time and it threw me for one helluva ride. I am no where near the power to break an axle but i think that when i am, i will definately upgrade.
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thats a classic, why start changing everything????
I have always HEARD that 600 was considered max hp to run on 4 lug with long studs...anything + should be converted
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if you are doing the conversion strictly for the wheel choices the ranger axle route is the way to go. But... If you are doing it for strength reasons because your pony is makin lots a power 350RWHP and up you will need after market axles anyway.
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Originally Posted by streetrodder15
I am working on a 65 Mustang and was converting my 4 lug pattern to 5. I already got the rear axle out of a 75 maverick for $30, but I cannot seem to find a car with a similar front end. Any one know of any cars that will work with this mustang. It can be drumb or disk brakes.
what do you have to do to convert 4 lug to 5? my 5.0 is 4 lug and its really hard to find anything for them cuz everything is 5 lug!!
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they do make the cobra r rims in 4 lug, and alot of others actually. there isnt as wide of a selection but plenty for me.
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