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Can I convert Ranger front to 5x5.5 bolt pattern

I have done some reading and haven't found the solution for my problem, hoping you guys can be of assistance, here is my delima:

1988 Ford ranger lonbox, building as a drag truck, installed ford 9" from older bronco (1974 bronco I think) with 5x5.5 bolt pattern, have a full set of Explorer rims and a set of weld race rims with same bolt pattern, rear end was custom narrowed for rims I have, don't want two different bolt patterns front and rear so I want to convert front hubs to accept 5x5.5 wheels without using spacers, CAN IT BE DONE AND IF SO HOW?

I am not really interested in changing rear to 4.5 because I already have my custom length axles installed and they are 5.5. Also as stated I already have two sets of rims with 5.5 pattern on them.

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You'll need adapters which are spacers
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Dana 44 knuckles. Then you get half ton brakes and wheel bearings too. I think theres a write up about it at therangerstation. Theres the link.

http://www.therangerstation.com/Maga...nuckleswap.htm
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Dana 44 knuckles. Then you get half ton brakes and wheel bearings too. I think theres a write up about it at therangerstation. Theres the link.

http://www.therangerstation.com/Maga...nuckleswap.htm
That is for a 4WD system mine is 2WD but it has given me some ideas.
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You'll need adapters which are spacers
Yeah I thought about spacers but since I lowered the front 3" it just won't work, puts sidewall of tire into fender lip. Also thought of just getting std ranger rotors re-drilled to 5x5.5 and new studs installed, not sure if this would compromise strength of rotor mating surface to rim. My aim is to get something like the F series truck rotor to mount onto the ranger I beams if that is at all possible.
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See if you can mod a 2wd 150 spindle
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You could use 2wd spindles or use 4wd ones without the axleshaft.
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See if you can mod a 2wd 150 spindle
That is what I was thinking, just wanted to see if anyone else had tried it, no sense in reinventing the wheel so to speak. Another option I was thinking about is getting bearings that would allow the F series rotor to fit on the ranger spindle, I will pick up some parts at the salvage yard to experiment with and post back with what I decide to do. Still any suggestions are welcome, thanks for the replies.
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pretty sure it wouldn't be a simple bearing swap...the f150 bearings are set wider apart
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pretty sure it wouldn't be a simple bearing swap...the f150 bearings are set wider apart
Yeah I suspected that it would be wider, got a few spindles from the salvage yard off an F150, got to clean them up and see what I can do if anything to make them work, will post back once I figure something out, all ideas are appreciated, thanks. Might just have to go with adapters and narrower wheels in the front, might be cheaper and safer in the long run.
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how are your fabrication skills? making a set of tubular i beams that accept the f150 spindles wouldn't be too bad
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