Stud bolts can be found in different areas of the car and can be purchased in different thicknesses and lengths depending on the location. They are available, for example, for the manifold but also for the cylinder head. Stud bolts are always used when two components such as motor and exhaust manifold or the trunk engine and the cylinder head should be connected to each other. And improved studs are also interesting in the tuning area and are also used there, for example, to widen the track. The stud bolts for the wheel hub are available in different diameters and different thread pitches. In addition, different materials are available. Below is a closer look at the benefits of stud bolts and track plates received and what extended or reinforced studs bring to the car.
Tuning studs for widening the track
Stud bolts provide a way to securely connect automotive components. The bolts are available in various diameters, with different thread pitches and different degrees of strength. There are studs with reinforcement for the tuning area and there are long variants that are suitable for track plates. Alloys are often used as reinforcing material. Titan can also be used as a material for tuning stud bolts. The purpose of improved stud bolts is, for example, the use for spacers. Through the components, the track can be individually broadened with the help of extended stud bolts. Wheel spacers are possible for many vehicles.
Wheel spacers as a set
A wheel spacer is available for specific vehicles from specialist dealers. As a rule, the car parts for widening the track are sold as a set. Thus, the scope of delivery often includes track plates (or other wheel spacers) with integrated stud bolts. Furthermore, fastening nuts and installation instructions are included. When purchasing the track plates with stud bolts, attention should be paid to high-quality materials that are reinforced (alloy, titanium). The bolt circle diameter and the desired widening are also important. The product description must indicate the number of millimeters by which the track is widened. Depending on the widening of the track, it may then be necessary to press in longer bolts. The modified variants are used here. This is often the case, for example, with spacers with a diameter of 5 to 15 mm per side. These do not have their own stud bolts and the factory settings are often not sufficient to properly tighten the wheel. Then the original must be replaced by longer stud bolts. Vehicles with studs are, for example, Ford, Mitsubishi or Mazda.
Tuning stud bolts - observe torque
If you want to buy a set for widening the track for your vehicle and have paid attention to the stud and track plate material, diameter, bolt circle size and thickness, you must also pay attention to the torque when installing. The right components for widening the track should lead to stable road holding and should be easy to install. As a rule, when using track plates (Hole Spacers), longer stud bolts used. It is important that they are tightened to the correct torque or that they are pressed in properly. When buying track plates with tuning studs, articles from well-known manufacturers should be used. In tuning forums you can find tips on how to buy the right components. If you do not want to install the stud bolts yourself, you should consult a specialist or tuning workshop.
Track plates + tuning stud bolts - inspection necessary
Wheel spacers with stud bolts may only be installed if a parts certificate or one general operating permit (ABE) exist. Part certificates are usually always included. An ABE is not absolutely necessary, but if it is included, a demonstration and registration with TÜV, DEKRA & Co. does not have to take place. An entry in the registration certificate (Part I) is required if the new component is only delivered with a parts certificate. There are extra costs here. Before buying tuning studs, the legal situation should always be clarified. And should he Conversion from the conventional variant with wheel bolts to the version with stud bolts be planned, then there are also some things to consider.
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