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Polishing Project STurdteen with 57Xtreme Gramlights, DIY 5 Lug Conversion, and More

by Rathyna Gomer

While my S13 was serving as a POS missile car in the past, I had zero intentions of changing the stock 4-lug setup. However, as a part of polishing the turd I knew I had to start off by getting a good set of wheels that are good looking, light, and durable enough to withstand the tribulations of drifting. At that point it was a no brainer to go with the Gramlight 57Xtremes that have been on a few Formula Drift competition cars. But first, I had to switch over to a 5-lug setup.

 
I bought the car with its stock 4-lug hubs but didn't feel the need to upgrade immediately since the previous owner had already upgraded the brakes to a 4 piston fixed caliper Z32 setup.
As much as I love brand new shiny things, I'm on that typical ramen-drifter diet. You see the way my bank account is setup encourages me to scavenge whatever parts I can through Facebook. I was able to come up with a pair of rear S14 SE hubs and another pair of front aftermarket 5-lug conversion Ichiba hubs for under $200. 
I decided to start up front with the 5-lug conversion, which is arguably the easiest part. I began by taking off the wheel spacer, caliper, and rotor. 
Next, was the removal of the dust cap which can be done with a flathead screwdriver (and hammer if necessary). On a sidenote, I've been told I have gorilla-like hands, so I hired professional hand model Danny Cordova for the rest of the process. 
After that, we removed the cotter pin with some needle nose pliers.
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Crousti
Croustilink
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 7:04 AM
The S14 front wheel bearing require like 29mkg of torque . I highly doubt your electric tool can do that ... not torquing them properly means you will get pad knockback and "weird front feeling".

Guess how i know...
sr23det
sr23detlink
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 11:02 AM
good thing he has a conversion front hub.
Crousti
Croustilink
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 12:14 PM
Doesn't matter, it requires high torque too. Ichiba conversion hub ... not sure you can call that a good thing, esp second hand. They are usually fitted to parking queens for a reason.
ginsu
ginsulink
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 3:41 AM
I remember seeing a wrecked 350Z with set of Volk RAYS Wheels at the junkyard once and I instantaneously realized how incredibly strong they are. The rim walls were bent up almost like a Taco shell in some places but THERE WERE NO CRACKS! The entire rim had plastically deformed and held its shape like it was sheet metal! That was one amazing piece of Aluminum!
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