96DXCivic
96DXCivic Dork
7/4/10 2:40 p.m.

My MG Midgets have knock-offs on them. How can I go about converting to a common wheel pattern like a 5x4.5 or 4x100?

iceracer
iceracer Dork
7/4/10 6:20 p.m.

In some cases the knockoff spindle is bolted to the hub. May be simpler than you think.

wlkelley3
wlkelley3 HalfDork
7/4/10 7:51 p.m.

In the case if the MG Midget, it's a little more difficult than that. In the rear you have to change axles as the knockoff is a little longer than the lug axles. In the front, you change spindles to a lug spindle. Still, I've been told that it isn't difficult, just time consuming. Meaning I haven't done it as both my Midgets (a 63 project & 72 parts car) have lug type axles. Find a rusted hulk parts car or buy from Moss or Vicky-Brit and get the original lug pattern (4X4.5 I believe). Don't know if it's allowed to mention but check on the Classic Motorsports site and/or MG Experience. Someone there will know exactly.

Woody
Woody SuperDork
7/5/10 8:25 a.m.

And I'm sure that someone will buy those knock off setups for more than you invest in the conversion.

Jensenman
Jensenman SuperDork
7/5/10 8:52 a.m.

Spridgets are 4 x 4" bolt circle stock, so they are real close to 4 x 100. A machine shop could easily redrill a set of stock hubs to use a larger knurl stud so you'd have 4 x 100 mm.

And yes the wire wheel stuff would sell pretty quickly.

96DXCivic
96DXCivic Dork
7/5/10 6:07 p.m.

I have a machine shop available. I would be converting the front and the rear but the rear will be converting a different rear end (probably RX series). Can that an RX-2 or 3 or 7 rear end be converted to 4x100?

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