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Wire wheels to fit 4 lug bolt pattern

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Post by mktrjs3 Tue Jun 22, 2021 9:57 pm

Been going crazy searching the web for wire wheels with 4 lug bolt pattern to fit my 87 Sebring. Lots of 5 bolt, lots of knock-off hubs, no 4 bolt. Anybody got a source. Thanks in advance. Rich

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Post by Hotrod Tue Jun 22, 2021 10:36 pm

Hate to say it, but you might have to convert to 5 lug.  Here is a source for the rotors.  I'm sure there are others:

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The rear axles could possibly be redrilled along with the drums.  The MII pattern is 4 on 4.25.  Redrilling to 5 on 4.5 might not be doable due to one of the bolts overlapping.  It might be easier to redrill to 5 on 4.75 (Chevy pattern).  In that case you would need these rotors:

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Redrilling would require removing the old wheel studs and it would be a good idea to replace them with new ones.  If redrilling the original axles is not possible (I have never really looked too closely at this), then you would need to replace the axles.  Ford made lots of 5 on 4.5 8" rearends, but I'm not sure if there are any that have axles that will interchange with the MII due to the narrow width of the MII rearend. The 8" used 28 spline axles with small outer bearings.  These same axles were also used in 28 spline 9" axles.  This means that you could order custom length 28 spline axles from many locations that sell custom 9" parts and swap out to 5 hole (check with them before ordering).  The custom axles would need to have the same brake drum register as the MII axles and could be had in 4.5 or 4.75 bolt patterns.  The drums should be able to be redrilled easily. Of course, you could also upgrade to rear disc brakes at the same time, but this opens up another can or worms. Hey, that's what hot rodding is!

There should be a lot of wheels available for 5 on 4.75.  I think Jaguars used that pattern.  It would be cheaper to get a set of the Jag aluminum wheels that came on Jag sedans.  They are not true wire wheels, but don't look bad, IMO.  They are spoke look alikes.  You would need to make sure they fit the front, since that is usually where it's most difficult to fit wheels on a Sebring.
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Post by Hotrod Wed Jun 23, 2021 11:43 am

Just got a chance to do some research.  Jaguar XJ's did use 4.75 bolt pattern.

These are the wheels I was thinking of.

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I recently found those wheels on EBAY for less than $100 apiece. Can't guarantee that it will fit the front. You would need backspace and width measurements.
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Post by mktrjs3 Thu Jun 24, 2021 11:27 am

Hotrod-Thanks for your expert reply. Geeze, lots of moving parts (no pun intended). Not sure I want to go through that much. So I guess when I see Sebrings with the wire wheels, the build either included the right axles/hubs or someone went through a lot trouble to convert. Thanks again, Rich

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Post by Hotrod Thu Jun 24, 2021 12:04 pm

Not neccesarily, but most these cars were built over 25 years ago.  The wheels or adapters were much more common then.  Some of ththe wheel manufacturers are out of business or dropped unpopular lines.  

There are companies that can build wire wheels to order, but that is a very small portion of the wheel market.  They are just not as popular as they once were.
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