Stuffing a 1500 rear end in a 1200

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Stuffing a 1500 rear end in a 1200

Post by petevenne » Sat Mar 02, 2013 7:19 pm

I did one of these about 10 years ago and still on the road today. It was known as the Pete and Marge conversion "not me Pete". The opportunity arose again when I picked a 84 interstate with a rear bad punkin.. 1500 rear ends are abundant due to trikeing.. The conversion utilizes the 1500 rear wheel, Punkin and disk, rear brake caliper, mounting bracket and wheel spacer. For clearance of the wider bracket it must be ground down to fit the left rear shock bolt which also must be ground down. Original 1200 tire is a 15 inch with the 1500 being 16 inch.. With this mod it is recommend using a Avon tire. Tire must be deflated for the tight squeeze to get the wheel into place.

Enjoy, Pete


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Re: Stuffing a 1500 rear end in a 1200

Post by wheeljam » Fri Aug 01, 2014 1:58 pm

What are the advantages for doing this conversion?? What are the disadvantages??

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Re: Stuffing a 1500 rear end in a 1200

Post by fixeverything » Fri Aug 01, 2014 2:30 pm

I spent a few days browsing through the forums and found that people reported the 1200 wheel bearings being problematic compared to the 1500. Something about them wallowing out. 1500 has better bearings, plus more current parts availability.

Plus I would imagine it's a lot easier to find a selection of tires for the 16" rim vs the 15" rim.

But this is also why every forum in existence has a SEARCH feature.

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