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Old 08-21-2010, 10:33 PM   #1
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Default Replacing rear wheel studs, is it tough?

I know the front can be hammered out, then tightened into place with a steel lug nut. What about the rears on my 1.6 chassis car? I need more length to clear my spacers on my street wheels.
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The rear can be hammered out as well and drawn back.
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I just replaced the front wheel stud of my altima this weekend...
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If it's anything like the front, it's easy. I had to replace one after I damaged it removing the damned OEM locking lugnuts. The only semi-difficult part of the process was getting the stud started into the hole (hey-o) since you are working behind the shield.

I didn't want to use the cone end of the lugnut to pull the stud in, so I stuck a couple big washers over the end of the stud, then flipped the lugnut around so that the flat end (normally facing out) of the lugnut would contact the top washer.
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Yes, it's just like the front.
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Does anything other than the wheel and rotor need to be removed to pull them out?
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Think you can do it, but i'd have a hard time getting around the brake dust cover if you're opposed to bending it out of the way (like i did), then bending it back.
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It's not just like the front, the studs interfere with the hub. If you notch the studs you can pull them through but you can't get the old ones out without removing (read: replacing) the rear wheel bearing.
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May sound dumb, but grease those babies up. Makes it so much easier.
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It's not just like the front, the studs interfere with the hub. If you notch the studs you can pull them through but you can't get the old ones out without removing (read: replacing) the rear wheel bearing.
That's what I thought, drive wheels are never as simple.
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It's not just like the front, the studs interfere with the hub. If you notch the studs you can pull them through but you can't get the old ones out without removing (read: replacing) the rear wheel bearing.
Huh, do you know if the rear hubs changed at all over the years? i remember knocking one out with a sledge in my torsen swap.
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It's not just like the front, the studs interfere with the hub. If you notch the studs you can pull them through but you can't get the old ones out without removing (read: replacing) the rear wheel bearing.
If the outboard race comes out with the hub you can't simply bolt it back in?

Maybe I'll take this opportunity to re-pack my rears at 180,000 miles.
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Huh, do you know if the rear hubs changed at all over the years? i remember knocking one out with a sledge in my torsen swap.
I have knocked out the studs on many rear hubs without removing the bearing. As I remember, it needs to be in a specific position to do so.
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I have knocked out the studs on many rear hubs without removing the bearing. As I remember, it needs to be in a specific position to do so.
We magicly found that position and never could really found it agian when we were working on a friends car. We wasted so much time trying to find it again that we just pulled the entire hub out of frustration.
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I have knocked out the studs on many rear hubs without removing the bearing. As I remember, it needs to be in a specific position to do so.
Yeah thats what I did. Wasn't terribly difficult.
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If you look there is a spot on the rear hub that they will slide out through. I did all my studs in a matter of an hour on my 90 chassis so there is no way it is difficult.
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On a 02 with sport brakes is there also this magical spot in the rear ? (no pun intended)
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In for location of G spot.
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Now that I think of it I should have an old hub and upright assembly all together someplace. I will experiment with that if I can find it.


mmmm uprights........
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