Sunday, July 03, 2005

Making the new wheels work

I never thought to ask about the length of studs needed to mount the new wheels when I bought them online. And as it turns out, they need to be a lot longer than stock. Crap. Good thing I haven't bought tires yet.

The stock wheel studs are 13/16 of an inch long. I am guessing that I will have to replace them with studs that are at least 1 1/2 inches long. I have never taken the drums off of this truck and I have no idea how hard it is going to be to swap out all 24 studs. But I bet it will be a pain in the butt. Plus, the drum hub is a lot smaller than the wheel center. I don't even know now if these will work at all. Double crap.

And I want to make sure that I will still be able to use the original style wheels and hubcaps later on, too. If not, I might see if I can find a buyer for these and keep looking for a decent set of original equipment wheels.

Anybody need a good deal on 6 lug slot wheels? I can hook you up.


Rick said...

So I am guessing the picture of the 5 lug wheel is not an actual picture of your wheels.

Mike said...

right-e-o. I was really lazy and jsut stole the pic from the maufacturer's site. Nice, huh?

Andrew Teague said...

Ya know, I'm looking for some wheels....
So if they don't work out, let me know. Do you know what the wheels were on before?

Mike said...

That would have been a great question to ask, right? Too bad I am a moron and didn't ask.

The bolt pattern is right, so I am sure they would fit, but I don't know about the hub, the center seems too big to me.