Making alloys fit...

Submitted: Monday, Feb 27, 2006 at 17:14
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Hiya, I recently purchased some 15x7" rims to allow me to put bigger tyres on my Delica. The rims were from a Toyota Surf.

When I bought them I gagued them by eye (didn't have any calipers with me at the time) and as they are a standard Navara size (same as the Deli apparently) I thought they were on the money.

They are ALMOST a perfect fit. The offset is the same, the stud pattern is the same. The inside diameter of the centre hole is 1.3mm smaller than needed for the Delica...

Can I grind it out? Whats the best way (at home without access to a big workshop full of bench presses and the like)? Is it safe to do so?

Do I need to make any more measurements before someone can tell me if its safe to do it? Or should I just try to flog them and get a set from a Pajero instead?

Cheers for your advice.
Tom
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Reply By: RosscoH - Monday, Feb 27, 2006 at 18:55

Monday, Feb 27, 2006 at 18:55
Hi t0me,
You will need to get them machined accuratly to fit over the spigot as this is the part that takes the vertical load of the vehicle, the studs are only there to hold the wheel on, not take the load. I have seen a lot of broken studs and runaway wheels when the wrong diameter centre hole has been used.
Cheers RosscoH.
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Follow Up By: Member - Blue (VIC) - Monday, Feb 27, 2006 at 19:22

Monday, Feb 27, 2006 at 19:22
None of the wheels on my Triton or my Falcon sit on the "spigot"... All load is taken by the studs... Same as my camper trailer...
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Follow Up By: garrycol - Monday, Feb 27, 2006 at 20:30

Monday, Feb 27, 2006 at 20:30
Ditto
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Follow Up By: t0me (WA) - Tuesday, Feb 28, 2006 at 02:06

Tuesday, Feb 28, 2006 at 02:06
The wheels on the car now all sit with the weight mainly on the spigot. I'm assuming thats the case as I can mostly do the nuts up by hand.

It felt strangely satisfying to take a 4lb gimpie to the inside guards this arvo makin a little room for the bigger new rubber that will (soon I hope) be sitting there :-)
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Reply By: Exploder - Monday, Feb 27, 2006 at 19:58

Monday, Feb 27, 2006 at 19:58
Call Alliance Rim repair in Osborne park I think, they should be able to do it or point you in the right direction
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Reply By: kev.h - Monday, Feb 27, 2006 at 21:48

Monday, Feb 27, 2006 at 21:48
Any engineering shop can do it for you, wont cost too much ! take your spare so they can check what the hole should be.
Regards Kev
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Reply By: Member - Pezza (QLD) - Monday, Feb 27, 2006 at 22:11

Monday, Feb 27, 2006 at 22:11
Use a bigger hammer !!
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Follow Up By: Boc1971 - Tuesday, Feb 28, 2006 at 09:12

Tuesday, Feb 28, 2006 at 09:12
LMAO - you must be a boilermaker :)

Frank

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