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How can I make Jeep rims fit on my Ranger? The bore/center hole is too small...

I bought some Jeep Wheels hoping to put on my 92 Ranger. They have the same 5 lug nut pattern and the back wheels fit perfectly fine but the front wheels won't fit because the center hole of the Jeep wheels are too small for the center axle or whatever you call it. They will fit a little bit on but they won't go all the way on because the axle or center "bar" won't go all the way through the center hole of the Jeep rim because the hole is too small. So when I put it on, it's like only half of the lug studs stick out if that makes sense.

Should I just get some longer lug studs to make it fit? There's a little "rim" inside the Jeep wheel in the center hole that is causing the hole to be too small, is there anyway I can just drill away that rim? Or weld it or something? How can I fix this and make the Jeep rims fit on the front of my Ranger? The center hole has to be at least 2 and 5/8 inch wide in order to fit the front of the Ranger and as you can see by the picture that hole is too small to fit.

Anyone have any suggestions? The only thing I can think of is to get longer lug studs but then I think that might just put too much pressure on the lug studs and cause them to snap or something

This is the back wheel of my Ranger (not with the Jeep wheel though). The Jeep wheels fit perfect on the back because the axle or center bar is skinnier (or shorter) than the front ones and so they fit through that hole fine and the lug studs go all the way through the rims. As you can see, the center hole is right at 2 and 5/8 in.

Here's the actual Jeep wheel up on the front of my Ranger. I temporarily took off the front wheel and put this on there just to take a picture of it. I can't put the wheel all the way on, the lug nuts only stick out like half an inch because that's Center Bar is too thick to go through the hole as you can see. How can I fix this?

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Your ranger rims are hub centric (aligned by the center hub) while those jeep rims are lug centric (aligned by the lug nuts). 2 completely different styles. Longer studs or modifying the center of the hub won't do anything, you'll need the proper wheel spacers/adapters.
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Your ranger rims are hub centric (aligned by the center hub) while those jeep rims are lug centric (aligned by the lug nuts). 2 completely different styles. Longer studs or modifying the center of the hub won't do anything, you'll need the proper wheel spacers/adapters.
I see what you're saying. I didn't know that. So can I make these Jeep wheels fit on my Ranger? Is it possible? If so, can I do it myself with the kit/ spacers / adapters? Or do I have to go to an auto shop and have them do it for me? Thanks.
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Okay after lots of research I learned that buying Wheels with the same lug pattern but different bore size is a very common issue.

I learned that you can take the rims to a shop and have them bore out the rims in order to fit the truck, you can bore them out yourself if you have the right power tools, or you can get a spacer kit. I was thinking of getting a spacer kit which is where it pushes the wheel out of an inch or two. Can I do this? Can I install these Jeep Wheels by using one of these spacer kits? This is the one I was looking at:

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A spacer kit would be the simplest answer. If you had a cylinder hone you might be able to open the center hole enough to get it to fit.
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A spacer kit would be the simplest answer. If you had a cylinder hone you might be able to open the center hole enough to get it to fit.

I dont have access to any power tools at all right now. How exactly does a spacer kit work? I know it pushes the wheel out an inch or 2 but how will that make these Jeep rims fit my Ranger? Doesn't it put all the weight on the lug studs?
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A spacer kit will bolt to the factory studs then offset the new studs for the wheels. It DOES put extra force on your studs but not much if it's a small spacer. In fact I'll bet the jeep wheels have a deeper offset anyway so a 1" spacer might make them sit the same anyway. Spacers are lug centric so they are open more in the center so the hub issue will go away. I would go with spacers than try to mess with having the wheels modified.

the pic isn't exactly what you need just an example of how they offset between the 2 sets of studs.
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A spacer kit will bolt to the factory studs then offset the new studs for the wheels. It DOES put extra force on your studs but not much if it's a small spacer. In fact I'll bet the jeep wheels have a deeper offset anyway so a 1" spacer might make them sit the same anyway. Spacers are lug centric so they are open more in the center so the hub issue will go away. I would go with spacers than try to mess with having the wheels modified.

the pic isn't exactly what you need just an example of how they offset between the 2 sets of studs.

This is the cheapest spacer kit I could find, $38:

https://m.ebay.com/itm/2pc-1-25-Whee...UAAOSwUH5aUVGN

Can I install them myself? I don't need anything else to make the wheels fit? Would you suggest a 1.25" spacer? If you say these will work then I might order them and install them myself, I just need to make sure this is what I need. Thanks a lot.
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What is the offset on the Ford wheels and Jeep wheels? Also realize the studs on the axle may be too long and stick through the spacer. To fix this you would need to cut down your studs on the axle with a hack saw.
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What is the offset on the Ford wheels and Jeep wheels? Also realize the studs on the axle may be too long and stick through the spacer. To fix this you would need to cut down your studs on the axle with a hack saw.

What do you mean by "offset"? Is that something you can measure? And it's not OK for the studs to stick through the spacer? The studs are longer than an inch (the spacers thickness) so they're pretty much guaranteed to stick through, right?
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Will someone please tell me... Will these fit on my truck for these Jeep wheels??? I'm about to order them but I need to know 100% that they will work:

https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?m...2F382348239766
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You must know the offset to determine if the Jeep wheels will fit in the fender well or will work with a spacer. Wheel spacers will work but the axle studs cannot protrude through the spacer - they will need to be cut down.


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You must know the offset to determine if the Jeep wheels will fit in the fender well or will work with a spacer. Wheel spacers will work but the axle studs cannot protrude through the spacer - they will need to be cut down.



okay I ordered the spacer kit and I went down the street to a used tire place and they put the new spacers on with the Jeep wheels for $20. I think it looks pretty good, but I only got the 1.5 inch spacers when I really wish I got the 2 Inch spacers. I just didn't want the wheels to stick out too much but a half inch more would look really good I think.

How do you guys think it looks?

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