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The assembly is from the Dodge truck.

I read where in trying to keep cost down DC decided to use as many exsisting parts as they could to thwart R&D costs for new component development.

The reasoning behind the using of the truck parts is that they are heavy enough to to meet the demands that may be placed on such a critical component.
 

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Funny how it was seemingly done for strength yet the 96 rims were infamous for failing. Hmmm, maybe that was the intetion in the design phase in 92 but I think the strength concept got lost somewhere.
 

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Cast wheels are not for racing they are for looks. The six bolt pattern hub with pruners or like racing wheels is where the strenght comes in. What do 96 wheels have to do with this topic anyway?
 

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Tiepilot said:
What do 96 wheels have to do with this topic anyway?
Well, when you see a '96 hub with the wheel center bolted to it but not the rest of the wheel, you'll understand. It's not a pretty sight. I guess the point is that the 6-bolt design is certainly strong, but the '96 wheels weren't (when used with sticky tires). Yikes! :ugh:
 

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It has nothing to do with strength, IMO... how many highly modified Vettes, or Ferraris, or even Supras are losing wheel hubs? Has anyone heard of it happening due to a 5-lug not being strong enough?

The Viper has 6 lugs because the hubs are from the Dakota. I don't know why they used that particular one - most likely because it was one of the few that could handle ~500lb-ft and the fact that it happened to have 6 lugs was just incidental.
 

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Well you can look in a Mechanical Engineering Design guide and both the bolt pattern and amount of bolts required to handle both a sheer and tensile load affect the overall strength of the connection, but I do agree with Mike here. With all the other design flaws of hte viper, i think basic economics was the driving factor
 

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Many elements of the Viper came directly out of corporate parts bins. The 4WD Dakota provided a number of suspension and driveline items.
 
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