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    Default do you need new wheels bolts when swapping from steelies to alloys

    Calling all LS owners and knowledgable folk!!

    after a few comments in my recent thread thought i'd just put my mind at rest
    http://www.vectra-c.com/forum/showthread.php?t=80136

    so when swapping from vx steel wheels and trims to vx standard alloys (not aftermarket wheels) do you need to swap bolts?
    i never have on any other car i've upgraded?

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    steel wheel bolts are black, and alloy wheel bolts are a bright silver/ crome ish

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    sie wise ok ,but will look nicer with some nut covers

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    It is safer to change the bolts when changing from steel wheels to alloys.The bolts from the steel wheels can cut into the alloys and make them come loose.Slightly diifferent angle and also the steel is a lot harder material.Also recommended if changing back

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    As stated it would be strongly advisable to change to the correct bolts for the type of wheel being used. Indeed, I believe its a safety requirement.
    I remember when I bought my caravan new, that although it had alloys fitted, it came with a spare set of bolts in case I ever had to use the spare wheel which was steel. The caravan fitter said it was dangerous not to use the right bolts.

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    bumpage, any others actually had problems then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ks246 View Post
    bumpage, any others actually had problems then?
    The reason I put the post up ,was because a friend of mine changed his steel wheels to alloys on a seat toledo,after driving for a while he noticed a shake in the steering wheel.This became worse.When he stopped the car the front wheels had become loose.The steel bolts had actually cut away part of his alloys.It cost him two new alloys and was recommended never do that again as it happens quite alot.Better to be safe then sorry

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    was he fitting an aftermarket alloy though ?just wondering if the hole taper might have been differnt or something like that, i was genuinly suprised by the comments in my other thread having never heard of it.

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    i have always been told you need to use alloy wheel nuts on alloy wheels

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    Quote Originally Posted by aerodynamic18 View Post
    i have always been told you need to use alloy wheel nuts on alloy wheels

    well you live and learn as they say. i'll have to get some sorted then.

    does everyone on here originally fitted with alloys have silver bolts then? why do they bother putting the black plastic covers on them?

    anyone have any links with the correct bolts from when they bought some?

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