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Old Yesterday, 10:11 PM   #1
Scooby Newbie
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Default Wheel Stud Replacement Question

This is the second time I have had a lug nut seize during wheel removal, both resulting in a broken wheel stud on my 16 WRX. I am going to replace all studs with ARP (extended) wheel studs.

I see a lot of people hammering out the existing studs with the assembly attached to the car. I have been warned that hammering the stud while attached to the car can cause wheel bearing issues. I was advised to remove the wheel bearing assembly and hammer out studs while properly supporting the assembly.

1) How likely is it that I will damage the wheel bearing by hammering out the studs while mounted on the car?

2) If I leave the wheel bearing assembly on the car for the stud swap, will I be able to install the extended studs, or will I run into clearance issues?

Thanks in advance for the time and info.
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Old Today, 01:16 AM   #2
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I don't have experience removing studs on your car, so I will defer to others. Are you having difficulties with OEM lug nuts or lug nuts supplied with aftermarket wheels? If the latter, you may want to inspect the lug nuts.

In close quarters, I have used dental floss to string a stud into an assembly.
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