Lug bolts mod

Mark J. Besso quattro at
Fri Jun 3 21:12:04 EDT 2005

I had equally good results with lug bolts from a SAAB 9000. (1991 vintage if 
it matters)

The problem came from the non-Audi wheels having a much larger hubcentric 
area.  If your TSW & Escort wheels prove difficult to balance you might find 
this is the real problem.  TSW might make centering rings that will properly 
adapt the wheels to the Audi hub.  You're on your own when it comes to 
adapting the Escort wheels.  I used a set from a Mercury Cougar that I was 
never able to get a balanced feel on the car.  Since I only used them for 
ice-racing it really didn't matter to me.

Good luck,

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Brady Moffatt"
Subject: RE: Lug bolts mod

> Try Volvo lug bolts. They have the same thread pitch, diameter as Audi, 
> but
> they are cone not ball. I assume you didn't really mean 90 degree? That
> would be flat. 45 maybe? 19mm bolt head is the other difference. I got a 
> set
> of used ones for my urq from a Volvo dealer. A buck each.
> Cheers,
> Brady
> -----Original Message-----
> From: tihol tiholov [mailto:tihol.tiholov at]
> Hi all,
> Got some TSW and some Ford Escort wheels, both with cone-shaped lug bolt
> seats.  I'm told they're "standard" cone, should mean 60 degrees.  Saw
> somewhere that 90 deg cone seats exist, too.
> ? Can anyone confirm this?
> Trying to fit the wheels on VAG products: Escort on Typ 89 and TSW on a 
> New
> Beetle.  Cone-shaped bolts were recommended @ $5+ bux each.  That'll put 
> me
> at about 200 bux for all - kinda steep I find.  Thinking of machinig some
> OEM VAG bolts (got lots of those) from ball seat to cone seats.  Anyone 
> done
> that and kept the wheels on the car?
> Any advice about this whole thing would be appreciated.
> TIA,
> Tihol
> TT

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