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Old 06-03-2011, 05:47 PM
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I just purchased a pre-owned '10 Ram Laramie that had some 22" Gitano rims on it. It had a bit of wiggle in it, so I took it Discount Tire to get those big wheels balanced. They informed me that Ramtrucks have "flared" lugs that prevent these aftermarket rims (with a completely flat mounting surface) to fit snugly or firmly against the hub, which is what was causing the vibration. Thus, creating a safety issue - they wouldn't even balance the rims.

So, should I try to fight the fight with the dealer and see if they will replace the faulty rims with OEM Ram wheels, or is there an off-the-shelf solution to this problem? Has anyone else heard of this? I've scoured the net with Google and can't really find anything relating to this specific issue.
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The factory rims have a 60* connical seat in the lug holes and the lugs have a 60* connical base. If your current rims are flat based then simply get new lug nuts to match the wheels. If the tire store couldn't even figure that out I would seriously consider taking my buisness to a store with more educated technicians.
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Thanks for the reply.

But, its not the lug nuts that are the problem. its the back of the rim where it meets the hub. the rims are completely flat across the back but the lug has a small flare right at the base which prevents the wheel from fitting firmly against the hub.
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Thanks for the reply.

But, its not the lug nuts that are the problem. its the back of the rim where it meets the hub. the rims are completely flat across the back but the lug has a small flare right at the base which prevents the wheel from fitting firmly against the hub.

Odd? My hubs are perfectly flat. Are you sure they are not mistaking the factory disc retaining clips for something else? If they are the little round retaining clips you can take them off. They are just there for assembly purposes at the factory.

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no. the the discount tire guys removed the brake clips and showed me the flare on the lugs, then demonstrated to me how the wheel kinda wobbles when they put in on the hub instead of fitting flat against it.
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Have you thought about taking the wheels down to a local machine shop and having them recess the back of the wheel at the stud hole a few thousandths? It wouldnt be hard, heck you could do it in your garage if you needed too. Just get a 3/4" bit and take the smallest of nibbles off the back of the lug hole, just as if you were counter sinking a screw.
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Yes. I've thought about it, but that could compromise the structural integrity of the rims. Otherwise, I suppose I could try to find some aftermarket lugs to fit these. Though my preference would be to trade them for the factory 20" rims. Anyone interested? :-)
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I don't understand, if the raised area is on the hub, at the base of the stud as you describe, new lug nuts won't help anything. Your still stuck with the same issue.
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I think I speak for all of us in that a picture would be worth a 1000 words here. It doesn't appear that anyone is tracking exactly what you are describing.
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