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Unread 02-17-2013, 09:39 PM   #1
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Adapter to change lug pattern?

I have a CJ7. Where I am, there are an abundance of of stock rims/tires for sale off of newer jeeps. I am new to jeep stuff, and am seeking any guidance regarding pros or cons of buying adapters to run the newer lug patterns on the CJ7. Thanks in advance.

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Unread 02-18-2013, 10:02 AM   #2
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Pros, availability of a wide selection of used wheels. 5x4.5 wheel pattern is common on trailer axles, so if a trail trailer is in your cards, the jeep and trailer can interchange wheels.

Cons, poorly manufactured spacers can cause catastrophic results in the event of failure. Can also interfere with the flex and turning radius and rub.

I'm considering a trail trailer so a set will be in my plans down the road.
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Unread 02-18-2013, 10:48 AM   #3
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Another Con: The 5x4.5 wheel pattern has a smaller center hole by necessity. If you have locking hubs in the front or an AMC-20 in the rear, make sure the center hole in the smaller wheels (and the adapter) will clear those hubs.
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Unread 02-18-2013, 10:54 AM   #4
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A 5 on 4.5" pattern will not go over the center wheelbearing hub on a CJ.
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Unread 02-18-2013, 01:40 PM   #5
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Aftermarket 5 on 5.5" wheels for your Jeep are not very expensive, and there are lots of different wheels to chose from. I suggest you buy the wheels you like, in the correct pattern. You'd spend as much on used 5 on 4.5" wheels and wheel spacers as you will for new 5 on 5.5" wheels made for your application.
1) '77 J10 LWB, 258/T15/D20/3.54 bone stock, low options (delete radio), PS, hubcaps. 2) '82 J20 360/T18/NP208/3.73, KOs, 7600 GVWR 3) '75 CJ-6, 304/T15, PS, BFG KM2s, soft top 4) '95 VW Golf Sport 2000cc 2D
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