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Local person has a D44 for sale. He pulled it out of a Cherokee in favor of a D60. Origininally its from a Wagoneer I think. the bolt pattern on it is 6 on 5.5.

Question: Would it be possible to convert this to a stock explorer bolt pattern? The 5 on 4.5? I have talked to a machinist and he believes that theoretically it is possible, but is it practical?

What do you think? Is this an idea worth following up on or is it impossible?
 



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By that do you mean that the center hub opening on the rims isn't large enough?
You say the Rubicon uses the same bolt pattern? would it also have the smaller hub?

Any other comments on this idea?
 












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Originally posted by MuddWhore
I believe the Dodge d44 also had 5 on 4.5 bolt pattern, which worked because it used vacuum hubs. Not something that I would recommend using, however.

I agree with him. But if ya decide to do it, all ya got to use is dodge unit bearing outters to get a 5 on 4.5 front bolt pattern
 






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So... It should be possible to rework the bolt pattern, but the center hub will still be too large to fit the rims.

The other option is the Dodge with Vacuume Hubs. Are you saying to use these hubs on the Jeep axle or the entire dodge axle?

What about aftermarket hub assemblies like the warn locking hubs? Or does this not replace the piece that I am talking about?
 






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You could use just the Dodge outers. With the dodge parts though, you could not use a warn locking hub, since the dodge has not 'hubs'. The locking hub is the part in question that is hard to clear with a 5 on 4.5 boplt pattern.
 






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what dodge D44 had 5 on 4.5? i thought they were all 5 on 5.5....
 






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Ok..so the Jeep axle with the Dodge outers and Warn Locking Hubs....and it should fit?

What dodge came with those outers?
 






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Seems like a lot of effort and money.

An EB D44, some bolt pattern adapters for the rear, and a cheap set of "steelies" would probably end up costing you less. And definately less headaches.
 






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Originally posted by Chris4x4Gill2
Ok..so the Jeep axle with the Dodge outers and Warn Locking Hubs....and it should fit?

What dodge came with those outers?

No. The Dodge cannot have locking hubs. It uses VACUUM hubs.
 






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really, what Dodge D44 came with 5 on 4.5? ive been racking my brain (which isnt too hard to do) and i cant think of any.....
 












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ah, thats why i couldnt understand. friend had an 80 and i knew it was 5 on 5.5. didnt realize they had the wheenie bolt pattern early on. :)
 






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Originally posted by Robb
Seems like a lot of effort and money.

An EB D44, some bolt pattern adapters for the rear, and a cheap set of "steelies" would probably end up costing you less. And definately less headaches.

Yeah, but you wouldn't have that cool 5 on 4.5 pattern.

It seems people go so far out of their way to save a pattern that won't let you use a real lock-out.
 






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Alright...I give. Thanks for all the info guys, It was an idea we had been throughing around that doesn't look like its going to work.

Anyone suggest a good place to look into getting the adapters for the 8.8 from?
 


















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hey ive also been wondering about changing my bolt pattern since i'm about to put in a dana 44 with a 6 5.5 lug pattern.
so question is it will be a lot easier to change the rear 8.8 from 5 4.5 to 6 5.5? y/n
also are the m.o.r.e. spacers/adapters that MuddWhore suggested any good. y/n
and what other ways can you go about changing the bolt pattern besides using adapters?
thanks for the help
 



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