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Old 06-12-2011, 02:12 PM   #1
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I have developed an issue with my '08 sti bbs wheels. I have rust on the metal ring where the lug nuts seat the wheels. I had been using p21s wheel cleaner up until last year when I switched to sonax, not sure if this had anything to do with it? Anyway, I pulled the wheels off and spent a few hours yesterday with lime away and removed all of the rust, unfortunately, today I noticed that the rust is starting to return already. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to fix this?




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Old 06-12-2011, 02:48 PM   #2
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i put a small amount of anti sieze on my lug threads...a small bit on the seat surface will mean no rust.
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Old 06-12-2011, 05:26 PM   #3
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i put a small amount of anti sieze on my lug threads...a small bit on the seat surface will mean no rust.
According to Subaru, that's a no no.

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Never apply oil to the threaded parts, wheel nuts, or tapered surface of the wheel.
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Old 06-12-2011, 04:43 PM   #4
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Its a steel insert. Steel rusts.

You can try to shoot it with Clear, but the lug will just wear away the clear anyway.
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Old 06-12-2011, 06:45 PM   #5
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Its a steel insert. Steel rusts.

You can try to shoot it with Clear, but the lug will just wear away the clear anyway.
I may give that a shot. There must have been something on there from the factory as they did not rust for the first few years. They look fine in the pic's above as I had just cleaned them the day before. When the inserts are fully rusted the wheels look pretty bad.
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Old 06-16-2011, 12:48 AM   #6
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There was something on there from the factory... clearcoat
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