Drill Guide


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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 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



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.

71 reviews for Drill Guide

  1. 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!

  2. Ronald Yurista (verified owner)

    Very nice piece of work, Thanks!

  3. randy brandenburg (verified owner)

    Great Experience and very Quick

  4. 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.

  5. Robert T. (verified owner)

  6. William Strange (verified owner)

  7. Philip Peacock

    Very well made product, not cheap Chinese junk here

  8. Richard Mead (verified owner)

  9. danny deshazo (verified owner)

    high quality, thanks

  10. David Schultz (verified owner)

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

  11. 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!

  12. Brian C. (verified owner)

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

  13. Patrick Stockdale (verified owner)

    Just as advertised

  14. Gerard Kahley (verified owner)

    Great product, fast shipping. Thank you

  15. jeffrey swasey (verified owner)

  16. Larry L. (verified owner)

  17. Matthew (verified owner)

    Works great!

  18. David Cowdrey (verified owner)

  19. Mathew Pisano (verified owner)

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

  20. 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.

  21. GEORGE TAYLOR (verified owner)


  22. Brad Matthews (verified owner)

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

  23. Matthew B. (verified owner)

    Worked perfect and fast shipping

  24. Guy (verified owner)

    Delivered quickly and as advertised

  25. clyde hensley (verified owner)

  26. Dennis thomas (verified owner)

    Worked great great product great quality!!!!

  27. David Johnson (verified owner)

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

  28. Scott Spencer (verified owner)

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

  29. Richard (verified owner)

  30. 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.

  31. 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

  32. Alfredo Rivera (verified owner)

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

  33. John Mitchell (verified owner)

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

  34. Richard J. (verified owner)

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

  35. Lyndasay Burmester (verified owner)

    Great product quick and easy to use .

  36. Larry Steagall (verified owner)

    got what I order asap all was good

  37. Brandon Lee (verified owner)

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

  38. Michael H. (verified owner)

  39. Jason B. (verified owner)

    This tool worked great!

  40. Ronald David (verified owner)

    Worked Great. Did exactly what I needed.

  41. Andrew Frisard (verified owner)

  42. Floyd Townsend (verified owner)

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

  43. Tillman Lanier (verified owner)

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

  44. Drew Davis (verified owner)

  45. Floyd Townsend (verified owner)

    Great product ! Customer service is incredibly..

  46. 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.

  47. 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

  48. gary s. (verified owner)

    great tool and great price

  49. Clayton (verified owner)

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

  50. James S. (verified owner)

  51. Lionel Griego (verified owner)

    Thank you great tool!

  52. Gerald Conese (verified owner)

  53. 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.

  54. James Riter (verified owner)

  55. Joe Silva (verified owner)

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

  56. Scott Mirsky (verified owner)

    The tool worked perfectly thank you

  57. Rod Warren (verified owner)

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

  58. 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!

  59. 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.

  60. 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…

  61. Anonymous (verified owner)

  62. 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!

  63. 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

  64. Dave M. (verified owner)

    Great product, Great customer service.

  65. 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.

  66. Gary Daniels (verified owner)

  67. 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.

  68. Bryan Parish (verified owner)

  69. Stephen H. (verified owner)

    Worked out well.

  70. Seneca S. (verified owner)

    Prompt shipping very nice product

  71. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Great products , fast shipping

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