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Old 06-18-2008, 09:21 PM
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this is on my 72 chevy.

I need to replace these wheel studs. What is the best way to get those out? they are the original 1972 studs. Do I need to pull the entire hub piece off - then remove the studs by pounding with hammer or using hydraulic press? I think I do, because I have to get new longer studs in there.

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Yup pull the hub..those are easy on the front..R&R the studs on a press is best..

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I would remove the hub and then use a hydraulic press to remove the studs ... But then ... I have a hydraulic press

Most machine shops could do it for not much $$$ ... after you have the hub off.
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Don't bash them with a hammer because it could bend the flange.

Plus, some replacement longer studs are a little too big on the press fit dimension to fit. My friend just went through this with a 57 chev rear. He had to machine the studs to a .002 interference fit to be able to install them.
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Don't bash them with a hammer because it could bend the flange.

Plus, some replacement longer studs are a little too big on the press fit dimension to fit. My friend just went through this with a 57 chev rear. He had to machine the studs to a .002 interference fit to be able to install them.
yea, I'm not sure if it's as easy as everyone thinks it is.

I will probalby just remove the hub and bring it to a shop that has a press and let them remove them. I will save money by installing the new ones myself - I hope.
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yea, I'm not sure if it's as easy as everyone thinks it is.

I will probalby just remove the hub and bring it to a shop that has a press and let them remove them. I will save money by installing the new ones myself - I hope.
You will need a press to install the studs correctly without taking a chance on damaging the threads.
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You will need a press to install the studs correctly without taking a chance on damaging the threads.
I've had several guys tell me to just pull them in with an old lug nut and some washers. Maybe use an impact gun too. Your thoughts?
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I've had several guys tell me to just pull them in with an old lug nut and some washers. Maybe use an impact gun too. Your thoughts?
They can be installed that way, but I would not use an impact gun. With an impact gun you run the risk of damaging the threads. Use a breaker bar and lubricate the threads real good.

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They can be installed that way, but I would not use an impact gun. With an impact gun you run the risk of damaging the threads. Use a breaker bar and lubricate the threads real good.

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ok - will do as you say.
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If you pull the studs in with a nut it is very likely that it will take more torque then they are rated for and they will stretch, destroying your new studs. As a last ditch effort sure; but you don't want to start out planing to do them that way. If you do might as well use an impact.
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I've pulled in quite a few with a lug wrench and plenty of wheel-bearing grease on the splines and threads, and I've never had any trouble at all with any of them. Never had to turn the wrench as hard as I do when changing a flat. I did clean the grease off the threads once I was done, and checked them for tightness a couple of times after driving a little ways.

I did hammer six broken front studs out of my '72 Nova, but it was in 1975, and they weren't rusty. You might play heck getting a long stud in there from the back side, so you could end up having to pull the hub anyway.
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I've pulled in quite a few with a lug wrench and plenty of wheel-bearing grease on the splines and threads, and I've never had any trouble at all with any of them. Never had to turn the wrench as hard as I do when changing a flat. I did clean the grease off the threads once I was done, and checked them for tightness a couple of times after driving a little ways.

I did hammer six broken front studs out of my '72 Nova, but it was in 1975, and they weren't rusty. You might play heck getting a long stud in there from the back side, so you could end up having to pull the hub anyway.
well I've already made up my mind that I'm pulling the hub - it looks easy, hopefully it is. I'll do the wheel bearings while I'm at it. With the hub out it give me far more options and flexibility to do the studs than with it in.

Lee
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