Change studs to put on aluminum wheels?

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  1. OldeSkool

    OldeSkool Medium Load Member

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    I have a 07 Freightliner Century with steel wheels. I know if I put dual aluminum on the back I would have to change studs, but do I need to if I just do the steers? 1018191414.jpg
     
  2. starmac

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    No and I doubt you will have to to put them on the drives either, generally hub piloted studs are pretty long.
    Yours look shorter tan some though, I would measure the thickness of your steel wheel and subtract it from the thickness of an aluminum wheel and make sure you will have a couple of threads left over.
     
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  3. brsims

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    If you are going to aluminum trims, make SURE you also get the thin spacer thingy that goes between the rim and the hub. Steel to aluminum contact leads to corrosion, which leads to very many bad things!
     
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  4. tnevin225

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    Been there done that, It will end up cutting the studs rite off.
     
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  5. starmac

    starmac Road Train Member

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    How does it cut the studs off??
     
  6. tscottme

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    Maybe the dissimilar metal corrosion and the stress from steering causes the studs to break off?
     
  7. Collie

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    18 year old truck here with aluminum and rims mated up right against steel brake drum. Been that way since the factory as far as I know which would be many years. My studs aren’t falling off. I do my own brakes and never see unusual corrosion. I could see corrosion being an issue if you drive a truck where no one removes the wheels but once every 10 years. I’m baffled by studs getting cut off though. I guess the wheels could cut the studs off if you have a cat 3524 under the hood maybe but the clutch would explode before the studs
     
  8. OldeSkool

    OldeSkool Medium Load Member

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    Thanks all of ya'll for the replies.
     
  9. tnevin225

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    If there isn't a spacer in between dual rim's one being aluminum and the other one steel thy will work against one another and against the studs.
     
  10. starmac

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    You can put a thin plastic spacer, they were originally made to stick on the wheel when you impacted the nuts off, so as not t mar the aluminum wheel, or at least that is the first use I remember seeing them.
    It has nothing to do with the studs, but does protect the aluminum some as the dis similar will corrode it a little bit. I have never seen a wheel ruint by it.
     
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  11. terryt

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    You got to make sure the hub can handle the extra width of the aluminum wheels because they are hub piloted the outside wheel will not be centered and out of round.
     
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