If you own a late-model Toyota truck or SUV and have fitted it with aftermarket wheels, you've probably noticed the wheel studs are downright stubby. Not only that, but the stock studs are not all that strong.
We don't know of any longer aftermarket wheel studs made specifically for Toyota trucks and SUVs, but we learned about a solution for too-short Toyota wheel studs from our friends at Total Chaos Fabrication. Total Chaos doesn't sell these wheel studs, but told us where to find them.
We're fitting the wheel studs to a fourth-generation ('03-to-'09) 4Runner here, but '05-and-newer Tacomas and '07-to-'09 FJ Cruisers should accept these same wheel studs. Total Chaos used them on an '06 Tundra.
The longer wheel studs are made by ARP, and they're intended for a Lexus IS 300. A call to Summit Racing had a complete set of studs headed our direction. The IS 300 uses five-lug wheels, while the Toyota trucks and SUVs we're talking about are six-lug. You'll need to order more packs than you have wheels.
For some reason, Toyota's front wheel studs are shorter than the rears, so we started out by converting the front only. Here's how we did it.