Drill Guide


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Now Supplied with USA made Drill Bits!! (We make everything else in house)

Please Note:  We do NOT make a drill guide to change the number of lug studs (4 to 5 lug, 6 to 5 lug).  There is not enough material left between one of the new holes and an existing hole to deem it safe and acceptable.  Also our guide needs to rotate for each hole drilled, therefore it is not possible to rotate the guide 4 times to drill 5 holes.  In this case, new axles should be made to accommodate the change in lug studs. (I get this question often so I have stated it at the beginning)


Wheel Bolt/Lug Drill Guides allow you to drill out your axle and drum/disc brakes to a different bolt pattern.  No need to purchase new axles to just change bolt/lug pattern.


Please read all the information carefully before purchase!

​It’s important to determine if your axles and flanges are a good candidate for re-drilling. On both axles inspect the locations of the new holes to find if there are any obstructions, pre-existing holes, or thin material that could cause failure of the components.

If you are drilling a Ford 9″ axle, check to see if there is a large access hole in the flange.  If so, this drill guide will NOT work as the new lug pattern will fall within this hole and not allow for a complete redrill.


Parts included:

  • Drill guide
  • Instruction Sheet
  • Set of SHARP brand-new drill bits
  • Red Caps (If the multi-patterned drill guide is purchased)

Tools you will need: LOW SPEED drill, cutting oil, and torque wrench.


Please note that re-drilling requires removal of the brake components (to prevent damage) but DOES NOT REQUIRE REMOVAL OF AXLE


Important! Drill Guides are set up to drill for 0.625” knurl lug studs and 1/2″ diameter.

Check your wheels to make sure they can accept 1/2″ studs.  If you need a guide for 7/16″ studs, we can change out the guide tube and drill bit to accommodate.  Please contact us for this request prior to ordering.


Reference of Dorman Part numbers for common size wheel studs: wheel_stud_guide


Need help choosing which guide to order:  Click on the photo above and you can use the reference chart to help you verify the correct guide for the combination lug pattern you need.



NOTE:  We do NOT make a drill guide to change the number of lug studs (4 to 5 lug, 6 to 5 lug).  There is not enough material left between one of the new holes and an existing hole to deem it safe and acceptable.  In this case, new axles should be made to accommodate the change in lug studs.

83 reviews for Drill Guide

  1. Brandon M. (verified owner)

    Great service, quality parts!

  2. Heath (verified owner)

    Great quality product !! I drilled new wheel bolt pattern on 2 front brake hubs with no problems ! I Would definitely recommend this drill guide !

  3. tom (verified owner)

    A bit spendy but hard to imagine simpler. Would like to reveiw other products. Tomcat

  4. James Veader (verified owner)

    Very cool product, and easy to use.

  5. Jason Cox (verified owner)

    Hey Andy its Jason Cox, we just spoke about the bolt patterns. Use this email for the pdf. thanks brother.

  6. ray mars (verified owner)

    A few years ago I seen you guys at the Portland swap meet. Liked what they were selling so picked up a card for future build’s.
    Since then I’ve ordered one and the Craftsmanship is high quality they even sent quality drill bits.

  7. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Ordered on the weekend and it got to my house on Tuesday. Fast shipping and it was easy to use, the YouTube video was a great help.

  8. Wayne Thompson (verified owner)

    Great product
    Shipped right away
    Easy to use

  9. James Jeffery (verified owner)

    The order came in quick. The large drill bit was missing from the order, but I called in and you sent it out to me quickly with no issues.

  10. Alan Griffie (verified owner)

    Other than shipping taking a little longer than said which is with all it seems anymore it was great. Awesome product thanks!!!

  11. Kevin (verified owner)

    Great tool. Well machined and simple to use. Would buy again. Wish it was made with .685 race studs in mind.

  12. Ryan Boles (verified owner)

    Received the guide in a timely manner. Instructions were very clear and concise. Product was very good quality. Very easy to use and literally (almost) no way to screw it up.

  13. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Great products , fast shipping

  14. Seneca S. (verified owner)

    Prompt shipping very nice product

  15. Stephen H. (verified owner)

    Worked out well.

  16. Bryan Parish (verified owner)

  17. Norman Martin (verified owner)

    Works great but the tube needs to be tapped back into place frequently.
    I was very displeased with shipping. I paid for expedited shipping due to time crunch. The kit was not shipped until 3 1/2 days later making me miss the deadline. The shipping company then delivered a day later than they said on the website.

  18. Gary Daniels (verified owner)

  19. Mark Terry (verified owner)

    Excellent product, instructions were clear. If there was one fault it would be the drill bit being a “made in China” bit. Change that to a “made in USA” and it’s better than excellent.

  20. Dave M. (verified owner)

    Great product, Great customer service.

  21. Evan B. (verified owner)

    Worked very well for my application, I would recommend specs for metric threaded studs 7/16 happened to work for studs of M12x1.5

  22. Corey E. (verified owner)

    The axle stud re drill device was awesome but a few things I would change would be.

    1. The price for shipping is kinda high for the duration of time it takes to get your item.
    2. Drill bits that are offered are not the greatest. I found myself worn out by the amount of pressure I had to use on the slow cutting bits. I went out and purchased Milwaukee bits for the other side and it was a much easier and quicker drilling experience.
    3. When the jig is initially sent out by you guys, it should be set up to accommodate whatever the customer is trying to convert their vehicle to.. Example: customer wants Chevy pattern on Ford rear end (Ford 4.50 to chevy 4.75..) The jig should come with the red rubber caps on the 4.50 side to avoid the confusion of incorrect drilling.


    Again an awesome product right here!

  23. Anonymous (verified owner)

  24. Russel M. (verified owner)

    Doesn’t work with rear axles, totally worthless for me, should be mentioned that this only works for front hubs not rears…

  25. David L. (verified owner)

    Extremely satisfied. All instructions were clear, Quality of tool was great Also added dorman part numbers for studs
    Super fast shipping. Highly recommend.

  26. Jeremy D. (verified owner)

    The drill guide is very well made and shipping was fast. Wouldn’t hesitate to order again or recommend to a friend!

  27. Rod Warren (verified owner)

    Worked good. A lot cheaper than taking to machine shop.

  28. Scott Mirsky (verified owner)

    The tool worked perfectly thank you

  29. Joe Silva (verified owner)

    I was treated Fairly, Honestly, and Quickly. I will recommend Hells Gate Hot Rods to everyone.

  30. James Riter (verified owner)

  31. Thomas H. (verified owner)

    Outstanding drill guide, the long drill bushings make sure the drill stays 90. No vibrations on my freeway test drive, thank you for a great quality product.

  32. Gerald Conese (verified owner)

  33. Lionel Griego (verified owner)

    Thank you great tool!

  34. James S. (verified owner)

  35. Clayton (verified owner)

    Drill guide works great, takes a quarter of the time to get the job done precisely.

  36. gary s. (verified owner)

    great tool and great price

  37. Jason Wollocombe (verified owner)

    Great product save me a ton of time making my owns worked great, great price , just don’t lend it to your friend they don’t treat tools right lol have them buy there own from Hells gate !!! Thank you

  38. Don Corneau (verified owner)

    The template worked fine but your applications need clarification. Firstly Ford axles have an access hole for the bearing flange plates which I had to have welded up because there was no material to drill through for one of the holes. Real PIA. Secondly going from a 1/4 pilot hole to 39/64 is way to much material. Even though I used a ton of cutting oil the drill bit died. I went through 2 cobalt drills to finish the job. I think the template again was great but the applications and procedures needs improvement. Don

    • andy@hellsgatehotrods.com (store manager)

      Thanks for your Feedback. We will add a statement to the description to note these Ford axles specifically in addition to the general statement noting to look for pre-existing holes. Speed and keeping the drill bit cool also is very important along with cutting oil. Remove the drill bit from the guide often to clear chips which will hold heat and chew the bit up as well. The drill bit will stay sharp for multiple vehicles worth of holes.

  39. Floyd Townsend (verified owner)

    Great product ! Customer service is incredibly..

  40. Drew Davis (verified owner)

  41. Tillman Lanier (verified owner)

    I’ve been searching for something like this for years. Thanks.

  42. Floyd Townsend (verified owner)

    This is the best little tool we have found ! And customer service was top notch

  43. Andrew Frisard (verified owner)

  44. Ronald David (verified owner)

    Worked Great. Did exactly what I needed.

  45. Jason B. (verified owner)

    This tool worked great!

  46. Michael H. (verified owner)

  47. Brandon Lee (verified owner)

    Thanks you, for making an affordable way to change the bolt spacing.

  48. Larry Steagall (verified owner)

    got what I order asap all was good

  49. Lyndasay Burmester (verified owner)

    Great product quick and easy to use .

  50. Richard J. (verified owner)

    nice piece that is well thought out and works as it was designed for. fast service also.

  51. John Mitchell (verified owner)

    Guide worked great….just make sure to use lots of cutting oil….

  52. Alfredo Rivera (verified owner)

    Excellent tool highly recommend it and a life saver !!!

  53. JUSTIN SHAFFER (verified owner)

    Easy to use, had no issues redrilling, just wish they had a 4.5×5 to 4.75×5 kit instead of a dual size to make lugs centered but other then that had zero issues

  54. edward goldsmith (verified owner)

    I would like to pass along to all you guys what a really “make sense” drill fixture this is. I purchased this for my guy working on my truck he had to do back and front hubs and axles. For him to say this was a big time saver speaks volumes for your tool. He never says anything good about anything. Getting the right Dorman stud was the only brain drain after that was accomplished wheels went right on and registered properly.

  55. Richard (verified owner)

  56. Scott Spencer (verified owner)

    Worked like a dream. Used a good quality lubricating oil, and had no problems at all. Very happy!

  57. David Johnson (verified owner)

    Worked great for changing the rear axle bolt pattern on my 71 dart to 4.5″. Fast shipping also.

  58. Dennis thomas (verified owner)

    Worked great great product great quality!!!!

  59. clyde hensley (verified owner)

  60. Guy (verified owner)

    Delivered quickly and as advertised

  61. Matthew B. (verified owner)

    Worked perfect and fast shipping

  62. Brad Matthews (verified owner)

    Top notch product. Fast shipping… Great people to work with..

  63. GEORGE TAYLOR (verified owner)


  64. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Quality product that included absolutely everything that I needed for the job. Best drill hub for the price that cuts out the competition.

  65. Mathew Pisano (verified owner)

    Tool works awesome. Only wish drill bits flat shank but highly recommend this tool

  66. David Cowdrey (verified owner)

  67. Matthew (verified owner)

    Works great!

  68. Larry L. (verified owner)

  69. jeffrey swasey (verified owner)

  70. Gerard Kahley (verified owner)

    Great product, fast shipping. Thank you

  71. Patrick Stockdale (verified owner)

    Just as advertised

  72. Brian C. (verified owner)

    Great quality tool at a fantastic price! Made my brake upgrades doable.

  73. Clayton Gardner (verified owner)

    The drill guide itself is of great quality and craftsmanship, the bits were a bit on the cheaper side, was able to complete after buying new bits. Overall is a good product. Andy sent the wrong one the first time, but corrected that by shipping out the correct one in a timely manner. Thanks Andy!

  74. David Schultz (verified owner)

    Worked great for changing the bolt pattern from 5×5.5 to 5×4.75 on a rotor.

  75. danny deshazo (verified owner)

    high quality, thanks

  76. Richard Mead (verified owner)

  77. Philip Peacock

    Very well made product, not cheap Chinese junk here

  78. William Strange (verified owner)

  79. Robert T. (verified owner)

  80. William Hughes (verified owner)

    Ordered the drill guide and unfortunately the wrong one was shipped….Hells Gate was quick to ship the right one and made it right. Great part…great customer service!! Will buy from them again.

  81. randy brandenburg (verified owner)

    Great Experience and very Quick

  82. Ronald Yurista (verified owner)

    Very nice piece of work, Thanks!

  83. Ethan (verified owner)

    I purchased some old school front drag skinnies for my Maverick Grabber and turned out the seller didn’t know how to measure the bolt pattern. They were Chevy, not Ford. Instead of making wheel adapters fit or trying to sell and find the right pattern wheels, I bought this kit to redrill my hub/rotor assembly. The kit shipped very quickly and is of great quality. Since I could take the hubs off, I did all of the drilling with a drill press. Kit was very easy to use and had good instructions. I have since mounted the wheels and have driven up to 75 mph so far with absolutely no vibration!

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