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Wheel Studs- The Nascar Look is In!

Warning: If you are not competent or do not feel comfortable doing any of these modifications or procedures, then please do not do so. I will not be held responsible for any damages caused by a result of your actions. Now on to the fun stuff!

Parts:
Wheel Studs
I went with the following
front: 12mm X 70mm (total length) with 1.5 thread pitch
rear: 12mm X 60mm (total length) with 1.5 thread pitch
Lug Nuts
I went with the following
17mm extended acorn lug nuts

Equipment:
Jack and stands (lift for me)
17mm socket, hex key for stud
12mm - 1.5 thread tap
Red loctite
Torque wrench
Wire brush
Anti-Sieze

Procedure:

1) Raise vehicle, properly support, and remove wheels.

2) Use thread tap to clean up the holes.


3) Put a small drop of loctite on the stud end (mine had some thread junk in them already, but I still used it) and thread them in.


4) Once you have all 5 in, get your hex key (allen) and tighten them down. I'd say I gave them about 40 ft-lb each. You can use the other studs to hold onto as you tighten them.


5) I usually smear a little copper based anti-sieze onto the mating surface, especially with the spacers (they tend to stick). It's not necessary, but it makes it easier to get the wheels off next time. Clean it up with the wire brush and then rub a little on. Just don't get it on the studs.
6) Put the wheel back on and thread on the lug nuts.

7) Strap on that 17mm socket and torque them down (I went with 74 ft-lb.) Aluminium lugs require MUCH less torque.

Other options here are shorter studs, I bet I could have gotten away with a 50 or 55mm out back and a 60 or 65mm up front. I should have tried one of the rears up front, but I didn't think of it until later.

Aluminum lug nuts can be had from TC Kline for a pretty penny, but they do look slick (for a little whie anyways).
I think the total price for everything for me was around $90 with shipping and what not.

Here are a couple of sites I looked at when purchasing. In the end I went with BBS studs from Bahn Brenner and a group buy with some guys on BimmerForums for the extended lug nuts. Prestige Wheel has lug nuts available in larger quantities.

 


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