Can someone tell me how many turns of thread engagement the stock wheel bolts have? I store my car 30 miles away from my place so I can't check. Thanks!
Yea, that looks too short to me, one aspect of studs being that you have threads that show on the other side of the nut so you know the nut is fully engaged. That 45mm one looks too short on both ends.Actually that is my plan. There's a shorter stud that I kind of want to use, but I'm concerned about the number of thread engagements into the hub. The one I'm thinking about is the 45mm stud:
Screw that. Go with the slightly longer studs as they help to "hang" your wheels while you cinch them down with the nuts. I'd go with the BWR (ARP) studs (actually I did). You'll still save weight over the stock hardware.I previously had Sector111's studs and they're too long for my application. I just want a shorter stud for looks as well as the very miniscule weight savings. The 45mm is long enough for my wheel and lugnut combo, but the hub side is sketchy. These are my second choice: M12x1.5 ACS Race Stud - 65mm
Don't get short studs. Over time, you'll wind up using different wheels and/or spacers. You don't want to wind up having to change the studs to accommodate this. Then get yourself a 1/4" battery operated impact wrench and a 17mm deep socket. Then you won't care how many extra threads there are on the stud.
EDIT: I probably don't need to remind anyone, but always use a breaker bar to initially "break" the nuts on disassembly, always hand thread the nuts a turn or two onto the studs on reassembly, use the impact wrench just to "snug" the nuts onto the wheel, and use a proper torque wrench to apply final torque.
My reason for suggesting the breaker bar is because, IMHO, it's easier to make sure you're applying force in the plane of the threads, and not otherwise tweaking the studs. It doesn't have to be a gigantic breaker bar, just somewhat longer than the standard ratchet handle. And agreed, I never "break" the nuts with the impact wrench, and I intentionally use a small, low torque impact wrench so that it's easy to just snug them up to the wheel....
6. Using breaker bar to crack the nuts is excessive. This also depends on your strength. If I had to do that, I would pull the stud out or damage the threads. Impact wrenches are a bad idea, also, for same reason. They tend to damage the thread. using them to spin the nut on or off is OK, but not to beat on it.