I recently acquired my first Tacoma. A 05 double cab Prerunner with only 86K miles! It has aluminum rims and I had to remove the wheel to fix a flat tire. I noticed how short the studs were, and asked the advice at a local fancy wheel and tire place and their opinion was that 5.5 turns on a lug nut "should be sufficient". I don't think so!
With the wheels I have I cannot use E/T lugs because the holes for the studs are too small. So, I decided to extend my lugs. I was asked to do a presentation since I have a 2nd generation Tacoma and to show what is different than what has been presented. This section will be the front wheels, following with the rear wheels.
I purchased my studs from www.wheeladapter.com/wheel_studs.php
The one on the left is what is shipped. The center one has been cut down for my needs, (reduced by 13mm) and the right one is the original.
This is the replacement just prior to being cut down.
This is what I was dealing with having the original studs. 5.5 turns at best to ancohor my wheels to the truck.
This is what is left for "us" to work with using the original studs. Roughly 22mm from wheel to end of stud.
I wont go into how to remove the wheel / brake disk, brake calipers, but this is what your left with. (I've already replaced several studs in this photo.) Notice there is NO cutout, or a whole lot of room to work with the dust shield on. If your using the replacement stud (NOT trimming it down), you will need to at least
loosen the Rotor Bearing Assembly. (see picture) If your trimming them down, (as I did) AND your trimming it down enough
, then you don't have to loosen the Rotor Bearing Assembly and you can "load" the stud into the hole down at 6:00 position.
Rotor Bearing Assembly loosened enough to insert stud. Be aware, there is an O-ring on the assembly.
MODIFIED stud being inserted in 6:00 position
Now THAT's more like it! I know it does not seem like much, 30mm vs 22mm, but I'm getting 13 turns on my lug nuts whereas before I was getting 5.5 at best!
This is what my finished stud looks like with the wheel in place.
It may (or may not) make a difference, but with my "precious cargo" in my truck, I sure do feel a LOT safer!