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Do you still have the retainer clips that are on the wheel studs? You need to remove them. I don't understand why so many people have problems with wheel studs breaking. My car came with steelies and I also have 18 inch rims and have zero problems with wheel studs breaking.
 

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Had almost half of mine break, it was a bad design or manufacturing flaw. THe first ones the broke on mine at the 6000 mile rotation had cracks in them.
 

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Do you use a manual wrench to do all the removal/tightening, or do you use an impact wrench, then do the final torque with a regular torque wrench/torque stick?

I noticed that lateral force from a regular wrench has a nasty habit of snapping the studs while I don't usually break them when undoing them with an impact.
 

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I use impact and finish with a torque bar. And this just started happening when I hit the 19000 mile mark
 

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you could also get longer studs and do small spacers. the stock studs from a corvette (1990-2000) fit and give an extra 1/4 - 1/2 inch i think!
 
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