Anyone who has had the pleasure of putting wheels back onto a Mini will appreciate the wheel stud conversion I finally completed. I bought the conversion kit and a 20mm rear spacer kit from ECS Tuning.
I hated taking off my rims because it is such a pain in the but to get them back on with the Mini bolts. Having wheels spacers was worse because without a doubt the spacer would rotate and block the hole.
After sorting that out, trying to lift a 20lb wheel with one hand and trying to get a bolt screwed in enough to support the wheel with the other was just too much of a PITA!.
It is a pretty simple kit. The parts I used were as follows:
- 82mm studs x20 for the rears
- 75mm studs x20 for the fronts
- Red Loctite (permanent, so don’t cross thread!)
- Open ended lugs from 321 Performance
- 20mm rear spacers
I decided to go with the open-ended lugs because I really didn’t want a huge threaded stud sticking out of the rims. As you can see in the picture, the lugs are long and completely covered up the threads.
Total install time was probably 2 hours. It is so easy to put the wheels back on now. They hang on the studs and aren’t going anywhere! …… just like the setup on the Mini UK Challenge cars.