I'm guessing you're referring to 3" studs. You can still use the factory rims, only thing is the studs will stick out farther. Plus you'll need open end lugs nuts since the factory lugs won't come close to seating. When I put the factory rims back on the studs stick out about 3/4" past the face of the wheel. Doesn't bother me any, function over form.
the reason i ask is because i would want the extra strength of studs but be able to mount decent looking rims for the street. can't really drive around on et streets everywhere. i really hate the look of stock mustang wheels with the center caps off. i know you have to use open lugs. but was really curious as to how far they stick out past the rim, thanks for answering that question. i guess i'll have to buy some non-cap rims.
is it that bad to run the stock studs with say et streets? i would figure a full slick would snap them right off on a good launch but et streets?
Ditto what Joe said. ET Streets are very close to a slick so whatever a slick will break, the Streets will pretty much do the same.
What caps are you referring too? On my 99 there are just holes no cover cap. If you want to, you can use the open end acorn style lugs to fasten the stock rims then put the factory lug nuts over the protruding studs when you run the stock rims. Joe Lynch suggested that a while back. To me though, it's too much work.
Some you can, some you can't! Let me try to explain a little bit...
The exciter rings on the rear axles most of the time, will prohibit you from getting the long studs into the holes. Some people say you can just shave one half of the stud head to get it into place, but that to me defeats the purpose of strengthening the studs.
The best way is to remove the axles, and adjusting things so that you can press them in properly.
Also, one other thing to make sure of is ... Moser, Superior and Strange all use different knurling patterns on their studs. Moser and Strange I believe use a .615 knurl, and the Superiors use a .625 knurl. If you get the wrong size you are fubar'd. Yes, you can grind the .615 hole to fit the .625 studs, but not the other way around. And the front stock hubs are .584 knurl, so you will have to find them or something close and grind away with a dremel.
I used ARP studs all the way around, and they cost me $9.95 per pack of 5 studs. Well worth the price of safety. IMO.
Yes you can run 3 inch studs with Stock rims and wheels. I run my stock 98 Wheels with there caps on, just go to Pepgirlz and get you 2 spacers for each side. Ive run these on my car for 3 yrs and never had a problem. After changing the wheels each time make sure and retightn wheels after about 50 miles.
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