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#1 (permalink) Old 08-15-2005, 11:26 AM
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if you can still use the stock lug nuts when upgrading to the 17" M contour wheels...I have the wheels ready to go with new Toyo Proxy T1 -R's, but Town fair Tire wont put them on for me, saying its a liability issue.

I'm really anxious to put on my new shoes, if anyone has input on this, I'd greatly appreciate it.

btw - the M Contours are 17 X 7.5 all around, and the previous wheels were the style 30 double spoke 16's

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dont see why you couldnt, im buying come of those wheels next couple days,let you know when i put them on
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It could be because the M Contour's use a different seat design, or maybe the lug bolts are not long enough. For more info:

http://www.tirerack.com/wheels/tech/...jsp?techid=102

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They use a different lug pattern? no....dont believe so...


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^^I didn't say lug pattern. Seat design is how the lug bolts seat themselves against the rim hole; flat, conical or radiused. It's not how far apart they're spaced, which is what you're talking about. Also, the M Contour's may be thicker towards the middle, possibly requiring longer bolts.

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I am pretty concerned about the length of the lug bolts...and dont know how exactly I can tell if the stock lug bolts are long enough or not...anyone know how I might be able to determine this??

I'm guessing that they will fit...but I probably wont be able to tell if the threads are grabbing enough into the hub, and it wouldnt be nice to figure out that they werent while on the highway @ 128 mph...which is the speed my governer apparently kicks off at.

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According to Tire Rack, 8 turns is about the minimum depth for a 1/2" or 9/16" bolt:

http://www.tirerack.com/wheels/tech/...jsp?techid=107

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Did you mean Toyo proxy T1-S's?? They make a T1-R? I have the T1-S's and they are awsome tires... As far as the lug bolts you'll be fine. What you might want to consider are some lock nuts so no one can steal the rims on you..

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