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Posted: 10/12/18 09:59am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hey guys first time posting and I am stuck I bought an Old camper trailer and converted it to a flat deck the project is just about done but I need to find lug bolts and I can’t seem to get them anywhere they are 1/2”-13 course thread any ideas or suggestions would be great thanks

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Quick search showed Etrailer, eastern marine and another place selling various 1/2" trailer lug studs.


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Put new studs in with standard 1/2" x 20 lug nuts.

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Don't know if any of these will work. Scroll down page.
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Hey guys first time posting and I am stuck I bought an Old camper trailer and converted it to a flat deck the project is just about done but I need to find lug bolts and I can’t seem to get them anywhere they are 1/2”-13 course thread any ideas or suggestions would be great thanks


Etrailer has them:

https://www.etrailer.com/Accessories-and-Parts/Redline/RG02-020.html

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Posted: 10/12/18 12:32pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It might be that the trailer originally had plain holes in the wheels and used ordinary bolts. If you are looking for cone head bolts, the course thread is the problem.





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Hey guy thanks for all the help And quick response I ended up making some. I got some 1/2”-13 threaded rod and 12-1.5 open ended lug nut I retapped the nuts to 1/2”-13 and threaded them on then welded them seems to work great

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Since you think you've solved your problem, I don't know if you will come back to this thread and see this answer.

Back during what I now refer to as my Massively Misspent Youth I tried to use a piece of threaded rod as a replacement for a missing clutch rod. **** thing bent in half the first time I stepped on the clutch pedal.

Out of curiosity, I tied to look up the specs on threaded rod and wheel studs. Turns out that the average hardware store threaded rod is Grade 2 steel. There is at least one grade of threaded rod that is Grade 5.

Ordinary regular bolts are usually either Grade 5 or Grade 8. Grade 2 would be like the old stove bolts that snap so easily if you over tighten them.

I didn't find out what grade wheel bolts or studs are, but I did see some info that suggested that wheel studs are hardened even more than regular bolts are.

In short, I'm very much afraid that using ordinary threaded rod in place of wheel bolts or wheel studs is a potential accident waiting to happen.

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If I’m able to torque it down to 100 lbs is there anything else to worry about

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DO NOT CHEAP OUT AND USE threaded rod for wheel studs!!! Buy the real thing





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