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    Need Help With Wheels...

    Hey Guys,
    Well, first off, I'd like to say that I'm totally clueless to metal working
    besides simple grinding and such..So don't beat me if I use any wrong

    I have a set of 14" wheels and tires that I just bought for my car (used).
    The lug pattern fits exact but the hub holes in the wheels are too small.
    They're 2" holes and need to be 2 1/4 to fit over my hubs. I tried grinding
    them to no avail.

    Key points -
    The wheels are 14" and aluminum

    The bigger hole only needs to be a little deeper than a 1/4 inch.

    I'm trying to keep from removing the tires because I'm dirt poor and can't
    afford it. I bought the wheels and tires for dirt cheap.

    Does anyone have any ideas on how this can be done? And how much
    it will cost me? I live in the Detroit area and really don't even know who
    to call about this kind of thing.

    Any help would be appreciated.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Registered User tigmushy's Avatar
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    Dec 2007
    forest lake minn

    Re: Need Help With Wheels...

    Yikes. for your car??? If it was for atv trailer or something used off road I would say to use a alum grinding wheel or carbide die grinder for nonfarrous or piggyback holesaws.
    For a car... get the right rims Its your life and others.
    good luck Daye

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    Administrator Cebby's Avatar
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    Pittsburgh, PA

    Re: Need Help With Wheels...

    To do it right, you'd want to take the tires off and have it machined in a mill. Are the OEM wheels on your car lug or hub centric? All in all, probably more cost in modifying them than they are worth.

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    Registered User VegasBruce's Avatar
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    Sep 2006
    Henderson, NV./ Huntsville TX.

    Re: Need Help With Wheels...

    Pull the tires off and have them milled out, that is the right way. That is what the tire shops used to do in the 70's when a lot of the aluminum rims where new and came with 1 size center hole.

    A craftsman is someone who does a better job than anyone thinks is necessary.

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    Registered User Glenn's Avatar
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    Jul 2006
    Central Florida

    Re: Need Help With Wheels...

    Do it right to be safe.

    Go get a cheap cylinder hone and use a drill to bore it open if you want to do it cheap and not be safe. The cylinder hone (NOT A BRUSH HONE) will open the hole fairly equally. You will want to make a reference mark around the hole and hone until you are close. Then take it a little at a time until you get there. Stop occasionally and check it with a caliper to see if it is correct.

    I am talking about this kind of hone (which can be obtained at most auto part stores)


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