As mentioned in yesterday’s post, Mike got a new set of longer wheel studs for the front wheels and now they are installed. After pushing out the old studs, Mike pressed in the new studs using the old nuts and a spacer on the vise. This sort of ruined the lug nuts, so he has ordered some new ones to make it all look nice and pretty. The new studs are plenty long enough now and the wider wheels fit snugly and securely…yay! The rear wheels studs will also be replaced, but Mike needs to redo the rear wheel bearings again (as he realized they weren’t done properly the last time), so more on this later.
Mike needs to replace the wheel studs because they are not quite long enough to make it through the wider width (17″ x 8″) front wheels. We haven’t received the rear wheels yet, as they are still on back-order, but he will be replacing those as well. The original studs make it through the wheel, but are not quite long enough to securely tighten the lug nuts…don’t want those wheels to come flying off on the racecourse! The new ARP wheel studs came from Summit Racing and are specifically made for the Subaru WRX, so he’ll be installing those next.
Now that the inside bearings have been replaced (RR Front Bearings Part 4), we can put the hub assembly back together, insert the outer bearings, and finish up the project.
Part 5: Reassembling the inner and outer hubs.
1. First, we touched up the inner wheel hub with some paint to keep it rust-free.
2. Push the inner and outer wheel hub parts together with the shop press.
3. Check to make sure the wheel hub is tight and spins freely, then grease it up good.
4. Insert the outer bearings into the wheel hub using the screw press.
5. Tap the inner seal into place with a screwdriver and you’re all done.
6. Now, you can place the newly reworked wheel hub back on to the front suspension, attach the wheel, and you’re (literally) ready to roll once again.