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Old 17-05-2019, 05:57 PM   #1
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Default Wide 5 studs

I have 72 Beetle rear brakes but I am swapping over to wide 5 wheels so will swap the drums to wide 5 drums. I have a disc set for the front which has wheel studs rather than bolts so to keep everything the same would like to go studs on the rears. I am not sure about the screw in studs from a safety perspective, happy to be told I am worrying too much, so was looking at the press in type which have a ‘head’ that stops them being pulled through.

Any experience of doing this and anything I need to be aware of, clearance issues maybe??



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Old 17-05-2019, 06:38 PM   #2
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You can use the "press in" studs with a head but make sure the head isn't going to be so thick as it fouls the levers and shoes inside the drum.

An alternative is to use screw in studs. I have done this in the past to bugs. Late bugs are M14 x 1.5 I put a grinder nick in the back face of the drum across each stud hole. Once the stud was wound in almost flush with the inside of the drum I set the MIG to 11 and gave each nick and stud base a weld. Never had a stud work loose.

Did the same on Bay rears when I put longer studding on to fit 5 spoke Revolutions. My bay crew did some hard work and some heavy towing on those drums and rims and never had an issue.
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You will have to buy 4 to wide 5 drums as 4 stud drums use 40mm wide shoes and the wide 5 use 30mm wide shoes plus larger bore cylinders.

With teh wide 5 the diameter is right over the shoe retaining spring but should miss the handbrake bar. It would literally be a case of trying and seeing how much clearance you have as I've known aftermarket wheel bolts be too long and foul the drums internals.
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