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Old 03-07-2002, 01:32 AM   #1
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Default R&R the axles - hard?

I need to replace some wheel studs and am wondering how difficult it is to remove and replace the axles so I can press out the bad studs and press in new ones.

I have 2 bad studs on the rear, but want to replace all 20 studs with longer chromemoly ones.

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Old 03-07-2002, 11:55 PM   #2
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Nobody here has removed an Impreza axle

I'm wondering if the bearing and backing plate on rear axles are pressed on so I cannot easily pop off the wheel studs.
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Old 03-08-2002, 04:29 AM   #3
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Why remove the axle? It's quite easy to change a stud with it in place....?
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Old 05-22-2002, 09:18 PM   #4
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How do you change the studs in place? I need to know because I found out that 18x7.5 wheels with a 53mm offset (p1's) don't like my fancy new DMS 50's. It appears that I'll need some spacers. H&R sells 5mm, 15mm, and 25mm spacers. The 25mm are the easy bolt-on klind, but 25mm is too much. The other spacers ship with longer the studs that are needed. Subaru studs are short anyway.

With 25mm spacers and a 53mm offset I'd have a new offset of 28mm. This would only be needed on the rear. Somebody please tell me it will work.
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Old 05-23-2002, 06:43 AM   #5
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I think (not sure) that the studs are the screw in kind...you should be able to use the ole 'double-nut method' to remove 'em.

You put on one nut (a lug without the chrome cover on), then use another nut tightened against the first to hold it in place. Now use a box wrench (prolly need another for more leverage) on the first while holding the second nut tight against the first w/ another box wrench or a socket.

Sounds nutty, but it works...some WD-40 would help on the base of the wheel stud, too.

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Old 05-23-2002, 10:57 AM   #6
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I have changed a few. It is not that hard. You do not need to remove the axels. The fronts are cake just remove the brake caliper and then the rotor. Pound the old studs out through the back. Put the new ones in and use a large nut that it too big for the stud as a spacer Put on the lug nut and tighten against the large nut. It will pull the new stud into place.

In the rear remove the caliper, remove the rotor, Remove the little geary thing with the teeth that is held in place with the allen bolts behui. Remove the brake shoe for the hand brake. Pound out the old studs. Use the same procedure as above for pressing in the new studs.
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Old 05-23-2002, 08:07 PM   #7
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So for screwed in studs...use the "double nut" method.

For pressed in studs...use a hammer to remove the studs. Use the "big nut" method to pull the stud into position.

So is the WRX a "double nut" or "big nut" car?
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Old 05-24-2002, 08:23 AM   #8
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The wrx has press in studs.

FWIW, many people say *never* just whack studs from the front to pound them out... It could bend/warp the housing. They say you should always press old studs out.

I've changed all my wrx studs by just whacking the old ones out - no problems that I can see.
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