Where can I get [longer/replacement] wheel studs for my [DSM]?
Similar Questions: I broke a wheel stud! Is there a fix? Where do I get the studs?
Using wheel spacers usually requires using longer wheel studs. ARP makes some longer wheel studs available through vendors.
ARP Extended-Length Wheel Studs: DSM
Replacing the stud is fairly easy;
1. Hammer out the old wheel studs
2. Buy a good amount of thick washers fit the stud. (5-8 should do the trick)
3. Put the new stud through and stack washers on threaded end.
4. Grab an air hammer and with your new lug nut (should be open ended) tighten it down as much as you can with air hammer to pull the stud through.
You may have to heat the hub a little to get the new studs to seat. If you have ABS, be mindeful of the sensor.
Similar Questions: How can I refinish my stock wheels?
Some shops will refinish wheels. If you want to do it yourself, you can do what Dennis Camacho of Canada DSM did:
I just refinished my stock rims and very much pleased with the result. Here's what I did:
- I used a rotating wire brush to loosen that old flaky dull grey finish then I repeatedly soaked them with that automotive paint remover from CT [Canadian Tire] that Scharok mentioned. The old finish is so tough that further sanding is required to expose the aluminum totally.
- I purchased three spray cans of VHT rims paint at Performance Improvements at $11. each. Do not use the MM rims paint from CT. They 're so thin that you'll need at least 6 cans to get the right coating thickness. VHT covered well in just one coat. Follow the instructions on the can for best result.
-If you want to keep the ouside part of the rims in natural aluminum, use a 320 sand paper to remove the oxidized surface then buff to shine with a red rubbing compound using a 4" cloth buffer attached to an electric drill. To preserve the shine, spray a good coat of VHT rims clear coat. As it says on the directions, DO NOT use clear coat on the painted surface as flaking and yellowing will result and it will be most obvious on a white finish. Good luck!
My wheels are [this size]. How big of a tire can I fit on them?
According to Paul Bratina, rim width should be 70-100% of the tread width. That is, the wheels are generally narrower than the tires fit to them. The optimal ratio is to have the rim about 90% as wide as the tire.
Fitting tires that are too wide for the wheels will pinch the tires too much, resulting in the tire having a poor shape. It might also slip off of the wheel, not to mention being almost impossible for the poor tire tech to get mounted. Narrow tires on wider wheels will tend to slip around. For more information, consult a good tire shop.
At least one member, Allen Lau, has successfuly mounted 18" wheels on his 1G, using Racing Hart Tracer 18 x 8.5 wheels with a 41mm offset. Allen described the wheel offset as being a key point in fitting the wheels; any more than a 41mm offset and the tires will hit the strut towers. Less than 39mm offset may result in suspension problems, as the stock offset is 46mm. Tires used were 235/40/R18. 18 x 8 wheels with 225/40/R18 tires were reported to be equally good.
Several members have mounted 18" wheels on 2Gs; it is easier, since 2Gs were designed with factory 17" wheels. Jeff Mitchell reported that 18x8 wheels and 245 tires fit, but stuck out a little. See the Wheel Rack or Wheel Machine for information.
Most people seem to have them manufactured. Rick Roeske has a simple recipie - cut the outer rim off of an old pair of stock brake rotors. Any machine shop should be able to do this, in addition to machining the remaining spacer down to the required thickness. You can also read Scott Willards description of his wheel spacers.