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Old 03-19-2008, 03:52 PM   #1
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Next step wheel studs

In order to replace my old wheels with new Aluminum wheels I will need to install wheel studs to replace the old lug bolts.Here is a link with a picture of a wheel stud.

Replacement Wheel Stud, Screw-In, 1/2" x 2" 25-53 : Trailer hitch bike rack and trailer hitches - etrailer.com

Notice the small raised non threaded section. The short threaded section screws in to the drum up to the raised section. In order to assure a flush fit between the wheel and drum it will be necessary to countersink the 1/2 lug holes holes so that when the wheel is tightenecd on the drum the raised section is not sticking out preventing a flush connection.

Is there a countersink 9/16 bit that will cut the metal on the drum that I could use in a handheld power drill to shave less than an 1/8" to accomplish this.

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Old 03-19-2008, 04:17 PM   #2
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In order to replace my old wheels with new Aluminum wheels I will need to install wheel studs to replace the old lug bolts.Here is a link with a picture of a wheel stud.

Replacement Wheel Stud, Screw-In, 1/2" x 2" 25-53 : Trailer hitch bike rack and trailer hitches - etrailer.com

Notice the small raised non threaded section. The short threaded section screws in to the drum up to the raised section. In order to assure a flush fit between the wheel and drum it will be necessary to countersink the 1/2 lug holes holes so that when the wheel is tightenecd on the drum the raised section is not sticking out preventing a flush connection.

Is there a countersink 9/16 bit that will cut the metal on the drum that I could use in a handheld power drill to shave less than an 1/8" to accomplish this.

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Don
Hi Don; I would not recommend that you use a 9/16" drill as countersink bit in a 1/2" bore. The standard drill will grab and jamb into the 1/2" hole, damaging the drum and possibly cause you an injury. For that job you should find a metal countersink bit. Trust me on this one. Thanks, "Boatdoc"
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Old 03-19-2008, 04:23 PM   #3
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Yes I knew a standard drill bit would not work. Where would I find a "metal countersink bit". I did not get much from Google.

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Old 03-19-2008, 04:45 PM   #4
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I am assuming that the drum would need to be countersunk slightly at the lug holes. Am I wrong in this assumption or will the wheel holes slip over this unthreaded spot.

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Old 03-19-2008, 05:43 PM   #5
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The wheel should slip right over the unthreaded portion. The OD of the threads is generally the same size minus a tad as the unthreadesd portion of the stud. It is actually better to have the wheel not come into contact with any of the threaded portion of the stud. The threads can damage the bore of the aluminum wheel. The only portion of the assembly that should touch the wheel is the OD of the lugnut.
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Metal Countersink Bit

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How about here...

Countersink Bits from Irwin at Van Sant Enterprises, Inc.
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I started to do this modification a year ago to get the aluminum wheels on before a rally and ended up just replacing the entire axles, as I was going to do so anyway. I purchased black threaded rod and cut it approximately the same length, but just didn't get the warm fuzzy after talking with a few mechanics. I still have a bunch of them in the garage.
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Update on the wheel studs

Disount Tire is installing the new wheels and tires next week. They have a chrome plated lug bolt that looks very similar to a chrome lug nut when insatlled. I will post pictures of the wheels and tires when its all done.

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