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Old February 12th, 2010, 11:56 AM   #1
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Need a definite answer about wheel spacers, please!

I want to push my wheels out some more because I like OEM wheels but they have high offsets, so I'm gonna go with wheel spacers. I'm thinking 5mm in the front and 10mm in the rear, or 10mm in the front and 15mm in the rear.

My question is, when do I NEED to use extended lugs? 5mm? 10mm? 15mm?

I'm actually looking at Ichiba spacers, so they have a "bolt on" version where you don't need to replace the studs, but they cost 2x as much. I'd like to get the normal ones ($60) for the set that doesn't need extended studs, and the "bolt on" set ($120) for the set that needs extended studs.

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Old February 12th, 2010, 02:15 PM   #2
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I dont know if it's any different from 4cyl and v6 but when I mocked up my H&R spacers on my rears(10mm) I needed the extended studs. So I'm guessing at 10mm?
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Old February 12th, 2010, 02:19 PM   #3
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anything past 5mm needs extended studs.

its not that hard to do, if you extend your studs, you can use the cheaper spacers, instead of the spacers with the build in studs that bolt over the existing studs.
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Old February 12th, 2010, 02:49 PM   #4
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what tools do I need to replace the studs?
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Old February 13th, 2010, 09:25 AM   #5
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Finally I was looking for a thread like this
  • I am interested to know what tools would be required to extend the studs?
  • Also does the brand of spacers matter?
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Old February 13th, 2010, 09:39 AM   #6
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anything after 5mm u need extended studs... and remove ur current ones u need like a 3lb hammer and bang them out or take it to a shop and they will take it out for u
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Old February 13th, 2010, 10:17 AM   #7
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So the studs aren't screwed into the hubs? Just the force of tightening the lug nuts hold them in? I know (other than the 2 little set screws) the rotors are held in place because they're just sandwiched between the hub and the wheel when you tighten the wheel on.

I would hit the studs from the outside and have them fall out from the back side of the hub?
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Old February 13th, 2010, 10:25 AM   #8
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Finally I was looking for a thread like this
  • I am interested to know what tools would be required to extend the studs?
  • Also does the brand of spacers matter?
I'm not sure if the brand matters, but I think they need to be hub-centric. From looking at pictures, I think this is because we have that little lip in the center of the hub that it needs to fit perfectly with. Someone correct me if that was an incorrect statement.

I need to measure it out with a ruler and see how thick of a spacer I wanna get.
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Old February 13th, 2010, 10:28 AM   #9
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well the studs are pressed into the hub.

all you really need to do is take off the wheel / remove the caliper / rotor and press them out. just make sure you press the new ones in good enough, the last thing you need is for the whole stud to be spinning when youre trying to take your wheel off.

the studs are splined though, so its pretty hard to put them in wrong.
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Old February 13th, 2010, 10:41 AM   #10
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I've also seen em installed by sliding em in through the back of the hub,

putting the box end of a wrench around the threaded side of the stud, then

threading a lug nut on and tapping it down with an impact. That make sense?
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Old February 13th, 2010, 10:45 AM   #11
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^^ Kind of...but what's the point of putting the wrench on the stud before threading the lug nut on?
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Old February 13th, 2010, 10:52 AM   #12
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It accounts for the gap on the thread between the nut and the hub...

Basically it's what lets you install the hubs with just a lug nut, and it

kind of helps with centering.


Say for instance, you had lug nuts w/ holes at both ends, you could in

theory install studs by just tightening down the lug nuts against the

hub... This makes it possible w/ acorn style nutz (lol).


You really need to just tap down em down at intervals w/ this process

though, checking alignment constantly.

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Old February 13th, 2010, 10:59 AM   #13
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^^ That's what I was thinking, but I didn't know the box end of a wrench was thick enough to do that. Cool.
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Old February 13th, 2010, 11:11 AM   #14
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Btw, this is not model specific info, so use your judgment.
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