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Old 02-08-2013, 06:12 PM   #1
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Stainless steel wheel bolts

Any issues using stainless steel wheel bolts? Could they seize up after some time, since they are a different alloy?

Some are for sale locally for $40, so,I was thinking of getting them
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Old 02-08-2013, 06:18 PM   #2
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Anti seize (that aluminum liquid stuff in the little gray can that has the built in paint brush under the lid like nail polish that u can find at any auto store) should help. Verify its ok on lugs first though. You don't want your tire flying off on the highway.

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Old 02-13-2013, 02:23 PM   #3
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Any issues using stainless steel wheel bolts? Could they seize up after some time, since they are a different alloy?

Some are for sale locally for $40, so,I was thinking of getting them
You need to check what the hardness of the bolts you are replacing versus the stainless steel bolts. In general, a stainless bolt is equal to a grade 5 standard or an 8.8 in metric.

There are a couple of factors that go into a bolt and/or nut seizing.

Over torquing
Heat cycles
Rusting
Soft bolt/nut (grade 2 or less)

You are worried about over torquing mostly. The stainless bolt will not rust, but the mating hole will.

Torque will differ with different bolt sizes, hardness, length and thread pitches. Check with the supplier of the bolts and see if they have a recommended torque spec. If you have those numbers, I can give you a torque range for the bolt


No worries on anti seize. It will not allow the lug to "loosen up". It will help with corrosion resistance and allow for a more consistent torque too.

Hope this helps

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Old 02-13-2013, 07:52 PM   #4
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Thanks James, very helpful. I decided against buying them. Mostly for cosmetic reasons, not mechanical. My current wheels have darker inner spokes, where the lug bolts are, so I think the SS bolts would "clash"

I will stay with OEM style "black" lug bolts for now.

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The black lug bolts don't look too bad anyway so I think that's a good choice.
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