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Re: [T3] Wheel bolts and aftermarket wheels

On 14 Oct 2004 at 21:17, C.Rochambeau wrote:

> Also on eBay is this:
> http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=33749&item=7927947596 

These bolts have conical collars, not spherical. They are not correct for our 

> Which looks to be a longer bolt with 30mm shank [that's where the threads live, right?]. 
> Any idea what is *too* long with these? I'd hate to foul up the workings of my rear 
> brakes. 

I'm not sure how long they can be, but you are certainly correct in worrying 
about their getting too long. They CAN stick in too far in the rear brakes and 
mess things up. This is no problem for from disk brake, however.

> Any reason why a stud/nut system would be superior to a bolt/hole arrangement?

It's probably a little stronger, but then again I don't think I've ever seen 
any reason to think that our system isn't already strong enough. I think most 
shops will just push this option simply because that's what they're set up to 
do, and they're set up to do this because this is the way that all US cars are 
done. In other words, it's just habit.

There IS a reason NOT to switch to studs! One of the best ways to break frozen 
rear drums loose from the hubs depends on there not being studs in place there.
On early cars where the drum and hub are one piece this doesn't apply.

Jim Adney
Madison, WI 53711-3054

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