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Has anyone looked into using Saab 9-3 wheel bearings? They seem to be almost identical (I haven't taken a caliper to them to check dimensions), with the exception of having lug bolts instead of nuts. I know they are more of a pain to install wheels, but it would eliminate the need for extended lugs and open ended nuts when using spacers.
 

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I know they are more of a pain to install wheels
My Boxster had bolts instead of nuts, and it was much easier to mount the wheels. Just put the wheel on, spin it until the holes lined up, and put the bolts in. I'm not sure why it's not a more common design.

The ARP studs work very well, though. (Hint: use the Miata bolts. They're an exact fit, though you need five packs since the Miata has only four lugs per wheel.)
 

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On the SAAB, there's nothing to rest the wheel on, no round lip or flange in the center of whatever-you-call-that, so you wind up needing to hold the wheel in the air while rotating, lining up the bolts, and trying to get them lined up. I'm on my third 9-3 in a row, so I'm used to it, and it's definitely not something I'd take into consideration when deciding. It's more on the level of a mild annoyance.

I have nothing to add to the technical comparison. I'm just lurking on the boards for the first time in years...
 

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Used to have a VW and then a series of Audi's with the same bolt mount and issue. Absolute pain in the neck. Audi even supplied a plastic 'stud' in the tire change kit, that you would screw in first to give you something to hang the wheel on while you put the other bolts in. Aggh.

Much prefer studs.
 
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