So it only took 3 months but I finally got around to changing out my rear cut studs for the ARP extended ones I bought years ago. I had kept putting this off for fear it was going to be a pain in the ass. Ended up not being difficult at all.
New ARP studs. Opened and put in the freezer as it is supposed to make pulling them in easier.
The soon to be trash cut studs. Cut them years ago to take the easy route and use bolt on spacers. If I knew it would have been this easy I would have just went this route first.
Remove the two bolts holding the sliding caliper on.
Then remove the two bolts holding the caliper bracket on.
Once that is off you can remove the caliper
I could really use some new hubs it seems. This is what you get for starting out with your car up north.
Remove the three screws holding on the dust shield
My makeshift press. I read this on another forum about using a balljoint press to press out wheel studs. It works really well. I started using a ratchet to do it but later switched to using my cordless impact which made it go really fast.
The old junk all removed
Had to take a break to run to the store for some large nuts and washers for the next part. So grabbed a shot of the car up on the stands.
Large washed, two large nuts that are bigger than the stud, another washer, and then a nut the same thread pitch as the lugs. I torqued it all on slowly while watching from the back to see when it was fully pulled in. Started again using a ratchet but quickly switched to my cordless impact.
All pressed in
Everything back together
Moved onto testing out the suspension and jacking the wheel up to see how it would sit. Ended up raising the back of the car 5/8 of an inch to clear the larger tires.
255 meat all around now. Widest tires I have ever run on the car before was 225. So these are a significant increase for me.
I think I have some more space I can play with in the rear. I think I can pull some camber out and allow the wheel to be 2-3mm closer to the rear fender. Maybe even 5mm possibly. Will test some 5mm spacers as some point to see what I can do.
Have some additional new parts coming for the car for the first time in a long time. Hopefully I will receive them and get them installed before my fall trip to the Dragon.