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Corey
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12/01/2003
09:27:24

Subject: Can I switch my 6 bolt to a 5 bolt?
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Hello,
I have a 4x4 98 Dakota SLT, I was wondering if it was possible to somehow change my 6 lug pattern to a 5 lug pattern? I have Proto-type rims that were on my wrangler that i want to put on my Dakota. Is there some sort of kit I can buy, or am i just sh*t out of luck? Please respond with any suggestions?



IntenseDak39
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12/01/2003
09:40:19

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change the suspension components and you can

some companies make lug adapters but i wouldnt trust them at all.



Corey
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12/01/2003
11:29:53

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I have seen those adaptors to switch it but they are expencive. Like $80.00 a piece! Anyone have any other suggestions or site where i can get like a kit to do it rather than buying them each seperatly?

I need to get them soon and cash is kind of tight with Christmas right around the corner!
Thanks



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12/01/2003
11:39:26

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i dont think there is gonna be a kit to do it. The only dakota that you could change the pattern was with the genII dakota.. those all you had to do was get the rotors from a genI dakota.



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12/01/2003
19:19:26

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You can swap out the axle shafts for the rear, but the front? No info on that.



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12/02/2003
06:59:32

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you wouldnt be able to swap out the axle shafts... you would have to have em made. The genIII dakota doesnt share the same axles with the previous Dakotas.



b1llyw
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12/02/2003
10:23:07

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In the rear, you would need custom axles and a re-drilled drums. In the front, you can have your rotors re-drilled to a different bolt pattern. Check out Moser Engineering.

Bill White
'95 CC 4x2, SLT - under construction
'03 Ram 1500 QC 4x4 Hemi Off-Road

IntenseDak39
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12/02/2003
11:16:19

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redrilling the rotors on the GenIII dakota wont do anything other than have a five lug hole pattern. Our lugs go out of the hub assembly unlike the previous dakotas.



b1llyw
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12/02/2003
11:30:09

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Okay but wouldn't that then give a 5 on 4.5 pattern instead of 6 on 4.5? His Wrangler rims are 5 on 4.5.

Bill White
'95 CC 4x2, SLT - under construction
'03 Ram 1500 QC 4x4 Hemi Off-Road

IntenseDak39
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12/02/2003
13:06:12

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you can redrill the rotor but then all you will have is a rotor that wont fit on to the hub assembly

you gotta remember that on the GenIII's its the hub is built into the spindle



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12/02/2003
19:36:11

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Actually, you can use the older shafts in the '97 up 8 1/4 if the appropriate c-clips, etc are carried over. While this isn't the strongest setup, it can be a really cheap way to get the 5-bolt axle shafts, and they're not THAT weak. Naturally, a custom-cut set from Moser or Strange would be the best of both worlds.



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12/02/2003
20:22:10

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you cant use them because the older 8 1/4" rears use a 27 spline axle and the newer ones use 29 spline axles.



Tom DeCoff
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11/03/2012
20:45:22

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hi there ,I am building a 1934 plymouth truck with a 1998 dodge dakota 2 wheel drive frame ,My ? is I have a new set of 18'' wheels of a 2007 mustang and I want to swap out the 6 bolt lug pattern to the 4.5 mustang .What can I use for the front swap thanx Tom in new glasgow n.s. canada



Riv
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8/02/2019
08:24:45

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Was working on my 2001 mustang cobra and had
to replace the front wheel bearings. It
comes as an assembly and uses the same set49
bearings as the 97-2004 dakota. I just have
to see if the ABS ring has clearance. Is so
it's a bolt on swap. Now I just have to find
the right 11" rotor with proper backspacing
(My cobra has 13" rotors & wrong backspace).
Has anyone tried this yet?



b1llyw
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8/07/2019
10:55:25

RE: Can I switch my 6 bolt to a 5 bolt?
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Dusting off an old thread! I don't have much
experience around 5-bolt swaps on the Gen III
Dakotas or on Mustangs, sorry.

Bill White

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