After a bit of trial, that is.
So, as we are up to speed (pun intended) it’s known that I recently purchased some wheels and tyres for the MSM (Mazdaspeed Miata). I take them over to Discount Tire to get mounted and balanced and they looks ready to go and I’m excited to get them rolling.
I pull off the old wheels, place the new wheels on, after installing the locking lug nut, I go to put the rest of them on. BAM! The factory lug nuts are too short and too wide to go on properly. LOL! I should have known it wasn’t going to be that easy!
AMAZON TO THE RESCUE!
You have to love that Free One-Day (sometimes same-day) shipping on items. I order some new lug nuts, longer and narrower of course, and get them in the following day.
LET THE FUN BEGIN!
So I get the wheels unloaded and setup to install.
I pull the first wheel off and weigh it . . . It’s roughly 1KG per inch of diameter. Not the heaviest but definitely not the lightest.
Just for good measure, I weigh the next wheel as well. It’s not MUCH lighter, but a 2KG difference is supposedly pretty big when considering it’s unsprung and rotational. The new lug nuts we purchased are also CONSIDERABLY lighter than the factory ones. By a very tangible amount. So that helps too!
Of course, it was at this point that I absolutely HAD to run into another road block! 😦
Yep, I couldn’t use the 4-way as the socket-portion was too wide to clear the spokes of the wheel. So I went out and picked up a 21mm 1/2″ socket for my torque wrench (which you ALWAYS use to tighten your wheels on, right?!?!) :p
I get home, get everything sorted (after misplacing my wheel key several times, HAHAHA) and finally get all four properly placed (directional tyres ) and installed.
Only did a VERY small amount of driving to shuffle the cars back around back into the garage properly. I can already tell the car is going to ride, handle and GO a lot better than it did before. Just from the little bit of movement. I’m hoping that it prove to be true. I’m very satisfied with the look, now I just have to lower the damn car! HAHAHA! The $$$$ never ends, right?
Here’s a comparison pic, for good measure: