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Smile looking for machine shop...press studs

does anyone know a company that can take my 4lug and turn them into 5lug....drill and press studs...i live in the bay area...but will ship...i'm looking for a company that you have used and had this done...any help will be great...thank you again...johnc
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Old 12-01-2002, 06:39 PM
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I just had mine re-drilled to 4x100, they also do 5 lug. I dont think he'll press them in, rather drill, tap, and weld in place.
His name is Franklin at The Werks. 206.592.0540

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K. Isn't it called Franklins VW Workshop?
ANother place up your way iis NW Connecting Rod. 206-783-2487.
Rear lid is being blasted and primer paint sometime this week.
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Fat Performance has been doing them for a long time, even for some people that you might have thought did it themselves. I think he has them in stock for outright purchase, or on an exchange. If you don't know who they are, a search here will turn up a link, pronto.

BTW, are you gonna race the car, or is it for street and maybe a little autocross now and then? I ask because you will want longer studs for a race car. To have the lengths match from front to rear, you have to use the next longer size in the 911 front hubs because of the thicker hub flange.

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His name is Franklin at The Werks. 206.592.0540

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A guy who came to the restaurant I work at mentioned The Werks, but I never found the place. Now I know he was talking about Franklin. This guy's name was Bear, and he rode a Harley, and did paint jobs.
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Bear is the guy that does all the towing for Franklin. It actually called Franklins VW Werks.

Check it out: Franklin's VW Werks
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korijo,

The bolt pattern you went to is, does that give you a better selection of wheel manufacturers to choose from? I know little of bolt patterns "other than GM" and types of cars that they fit. I would live to be able to go to one of the local places and be able pick something that would look great and fit.

Could you also give me a ballpark cost on what it cost you to get yours done?

Thanks!
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Rich Johnson does the drill-and-studding thing. Very well, from all the examples I've seen. Rich's Email.

The 4x100 pattern is used by most Hondas (Civics, Acura Integras, etc.), along with most of the water-cooled VWs, many Mazda products (like the Miata), etc. Lots of wheels available in that bolt pattern. Some might even have a good offset for a 914...

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Steve Check out www.franklinsvwwerks.com when you see the Ravenna green car for sale click on that and check a couple of pics out. This is the car that I saw a BOW WOW, the guy used to work there. He went to Les Scwhab tire up the street and had those wheels and tires added after having the hub drilled. Nice car, $10000 not.
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FAT doesn't do it either, or at least they didn't a few years ago. I think they farm the work out to RIMCO. I live a few miles from them (FAT) and went to see how much they charge. It was what I considered crazy expensive at the time, so I told them never mind.
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thanks for all the info....i have dropped some email to all of them...i will let you guys know the outcome....thanks again....john c.
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FAT doesn't do it either, or at least they didn't a few years ago. I think they farm the work out to RIMCO. I live a few miles from them (FAT) and went to see how much they charge. It was what I considered crazy expensive at the time, so I told them never mind.
It is confusing to say the least. I originally ordered them through a guy who used to get them from Troutman. Troutman fell way behind because it was said that he was moving out of state. So, in a pinch, the original guy said he would get them from FAT. He knows RIMCO just like you and I, so I figured FAT made them or he would have gone to RIMCO. That assumption may indeed have been wrong.
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Steve,
The entire job, front and rear cost 150. I have work done all the time from Franklin. Hes a cool guy.

4x100 wheels are common on Hondas, VW's, etc. Les Schwab out here carries many 4x100. The main concerns are offset and hub bore.

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German Parts and Restoration sells the hubs predrilled on an exchange basis.

http://www.********.com/

If you buy the studs from them they will press them in for you if you ask.
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The GPR deal is $325 for new rotors, bearings, and studs drilled and pressed in.

They will drill only for $35/ea

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Porsche Crest GRP deal

With this GRP deal, Is this all you need for a 5 lug set up, If you only want it for street applications? I'd like to add some Fuchs just for the looks, no racing or anything.
Or do I have to replace a bunch of other stuff too?
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Well, in a nut shell, yes. When you change the stub axles, you need to install new bearings, you ought to go ahead and install new rotors rather than drilling an old 4-lug rotor and I guess the hubs would be fairly usless w/o studs. I don't think you were going to use your old lug bolts, were you?
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Porsche Crest 4 lug to 5 lug

If the lugs were pressed or welded in already, wouldnt I just need lug bolts? He said the GRP kit came with rotors and bearings.
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Normally with a 5 lug conversion the stock lug bolts are no longer needed. Instead, new lug studs are pressed into the hubs or rotors, and then you use lug NUTS to hold the wheel on. Others have done it differently, but that's how I see it done. I really don't feel comfortable drilling and threading the hubs, especially if they are not early hubs.
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keep in mind that is just for the rears, it would be 2x that for all around.

It is mo betta to use an old 911 front end to do the fronts. You get a little better braking and no hassles from having to have all the drilling and studding done again every time you wear out your front rotors, which happens much more requently than wearing out the rears.

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