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Bolts and nuts

To begin with, it is important to understand the difference between bolts and nuts. A nut is a small piece of metal with a threaded center hole while a bolt is a small piece similar to the nut but with a threaded shank.

Cars that use nuts, most American and Japanese automobiles, have wheel studs, semi-permanent threaded fasteners, mounted directly on the vehicle hub. Cars that use bolts, especially European cars, do not have wheel studs but have bolts that are screwed directly into the vehicle hub.

Why Use Different Bolts or Nuts When Changing Wheels?

Unlike replica wheels (which are almost identical to the Original wheels and for which the original bolts or nuts will normally be compatible), most wheels offered on the market will not be compatible with the original nuts or bolts of your vehicle.

That is why we will offer an installation kit that will contain either bolts or nuts. Except for specific wheels that are considered replica wheels (for which we specifically tell you that you don’t need new bolts and nuts), tuner bolts and nuts are always recommended when buying new wheels because of the smaller sockets and specific seats.

Here are the prices of our nut and bolt sets:

  • Bolts - European vehicle:

    • Chrome: CAD 17.50 per wheel or CAD 70 per set of 4.
    • Black: CAD 24.50 per wheel or CAD 98 per set of 4
  • Nuts - Vehicles:

    • Chrome: CAD 12.50 per wheel or CAD 50 per set of 4.
    • Black: CAD 17.50 per wheel or CAD 70 per set of 4.
  • Nuts - Trucks:

    • Chrome: CAD 17.50 per wheel or CAD 70 per set of 4.
    • Black: CAD 22.50 per unit or CAD 90 per set of 4.

Why are bolts more expensive than nuts?

Bolts are more expensive than nuts simply because they contain more metal. That’s why a 4-wheel mounting kit can cost between $50 and $90 for the nuts and between $70 and $100 for the bolts, depending on the number of bolts and the color chosen as presented in the paragraph above.

Socket Compatibility

It is always recommended to have tuner type nuts or bolts when purchasing new wheels, with the exception of RWC or PMC wheels ( which are replicas of the original wheels and accept the original nuts and bolts from your vehicle) because the holes drilled in the aftermarket wheels are often smaller than those in the original wheels.

The sockets on aftermarket wheels are usually smaller than the ones on your original wheels. Therefore, when using original nuts, the socket might be too big, causing friction on the rim and damage to the wheel. The socket may not even fit on the stud, keeping you from tightening the nuts.

In addition, if you have a flat tire and have original nuts and/or bolts, the wrench provided may be too large and you may not be able to remove the wheel. This is why we provide a wrench that is compatible with all the installation kits we sell.

Specific Seat

The seat is the contact area between the nut or bolt and the wheel. It can be conical, flat or spherical, and the type of seating on the wheel must be compatible with the nuts or bolts so that they can be tightened properly and securely. Vibration problems can occur if the nuts or bolts are not compatible with the wheel.