How to Install Your Tyre & Wheel Package
It usually takes only minutes to install tyres and wheels on your vehicle; but remember, they'll probably be on for 3,000 KM or more and will roll over a million times before it's time to rotate them. To make those miles as pleasant as possible, you need to install your new Tire & Wheel Package correctly.
Check tyre Positions
If you selected directional tyres and/or asymmetric tyres, before installing them, match each tyre and wheel to its final position on your vehicle. To prevent mistakes, actually set each wheel and tyre around your vehicle just as race teams do for pit stops.
Install New Pairs of tyres on the Rear Axle
When tyres are replaced in pairs, the new, deeper treaded tyres should always be installed on the rear axle and the partially worn tyres installed on the front. New tyres installed on the rear axle help the driver more easily maintain control on wet roads because new, deeper treaded tyres are more capable of resisting hydroplaning.
NOTE: If your vehicle uses two different tyre sizes, be sure to alert your installer.
DIRECTIONAL TYRES ONLY
Refer to the rotation arrow branding on the tyre's sidewall. The arrow indicates the direction in which the tyre should turn.
ASYMMETRIC TYRES ONLY
All tyres should show sidewall branding indicating side facing outward.
DIRECTIONAL AND ASYMMETRIC TYRES
Look for "Side Facing Outwards" branding and rotation arrow to determine side of vehicle.
The best place to find the correct procedure for tyre and wheel removal is in the owner's manual for your vehicle.
Step 1: To remove your old wheels and tyres, break the lug nuts or bolts loose before raising the vehicle. We recommend using hand tools exclusively. When removing wheel hardware, a power wrench may be used with extreme care, but should not be used to torque lug nut hardware. It is best to carefully remove lugs with a four-way wrench or a socket on a breaker bar. An impact wrench may damage the lugs or the studs.
Step 2: Raise your vehicle slightly with a jack and support the lifted vehicle with jack stands (if available). Be sure to use your jack and jack stands only on a flat, level surface when working on your vehicle. Remove your old wheels and tyres.
Step 3: Test fit each wheel in its final position. Check for proper fit as described below.
NOTE: If you only purchased wheels, it is imperative that test fitting is done prior to mounting the tyres.
ATTENTION: Check the condition of the vehicle's lug studs or wheel bolts as you loosen and tighten them. If you feel any resistance or see any roughness after removing the wheels, correct it before reinstalling the wheels. Wheels must fit flat against the vehicle's hubs. Remove any rust and dirt from the mounting surface of brake rotors and drums. Remove any temporary retaining devices, like stud clips. These are used to hold brake rotors and drums in place before the wheels were installed at the factory. These will keep the wheels from fitting flush against the brake hubs. Some vehicles have indicator or locator pins on the hub. These are on the hub to aid the indexing of the wheel when it is on the vehicle assembly line. These can be found on some Volvo, Nissan and Infiniti models. They do not perform any other function and should also be removed from the hub before mounting your new wheels. The exception to this rule: large bolts holding Hyundai rotors to their hubs should not be removed. If aftermarket wheels have previously been used on the vehicle, verify that the previous wheel's hub centring rings have been removed from the hubs. If your vehicle is equipped with drum brakes and if the drum's outer flange or balance weights protrude further out than the centre of the drum, verify that the wheel seats on the hub are not against the drum's outer flange or balance weights. If you have any questions regarding this, contact our experts at Hyper (phone number found below)
Step 4: Check the fit of the wheel onto the hub of the vehicle. Some wheel applications may require the use of a centring ring to create the proper fit onto the hub. The bolt circle of the wheel must match that of your vehicle and the wheel must make full contact to the mating surface of the hub. If the wheel does not match up to the bolt circle of the vehicle, or the wheel does not have full contact to the mounting surface, please contact one of our sales specialists at Hyper
Step 5: In order to verify that you have matching lug or bolt thread sizes, first install the lug nuts or bolts without the wheel. If you feel resistance while doing this, inspect the lug stud and nut (or hub and bolt) to see if the threads are clean or obstructed. If the lug nut or bolt appears obstructed or does not match the thread pitch of your hubs, try another one. If another lug doesn't thread any better, give us a call. We will verify that you have the correct hardware for your application.
NOTE: Do not force your lug nuts or bolts on with a wrench. They should be able to be turned by hand. If they can't, something is wrong! Give us a call on .0800 4 49737 Only after the lugs have been installed by hand until "finger tight" should you snug them down with your four-way wrench or a socket on a breaker bar.
Size of Bolt or Stud Number of Turns
NOTE: Since the thickness of an alloy wheel can differ from Original Equipment wheels, also verify that the lug nuts or bolts will engage the threads. Refer to the chart (at right) to determine the number of turns or the depth of engagement typical for your stud or bolt size.
Step 6: For the next inspections it will be necessary to temporarily install the wheel by snuggling down the lug nuts or bolts in order to verify disc brake calliper clearance. You should have at least 3-4mm of clearance between your wheels and the brakes on the vehicle.
Step 7: Put your vehicle's transmission into neutral and turn each wheel by hand while making certain that the outer edge of the disc brake calliper doesn't touch the inside of the rim or that the side of the calliper doesn't come into contact with the backside of the wheel or the wheel balancing weights.
Once you have completed your test fit, we suggest removing the wheel and applying a thin coating of anti-seize around the axle hubs to help prevent rust and permit easier removal when it's time to rotate your tires. Do not apply anti-seize compound to the lug hardware or studs.
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Step 8: Proper installation requires that the wheel lug torque be set to the recommended specification for your vehicle. These torque specifications can be found in your vehicle's owner's manual, shop repair manual or obtained from your vehicle dealer. Finish tightening the lugs down with an accurate torque wrench. Use a crisscross sequence until they have reached their proper torque value. Be careful because if you over-torque a wheel, you can strip a lug nut, stretch or break a wheel stud, and cause the wheel, brake rotor and/or brake drum to distort.
While new wheel installation isn't difficult – it's no harder than changing a flat tyre - it is necessary to take the necessary safety precautions. We do not recommend doing your own tyre changing (dismounting and mounting the tyre) or flat tyre repairs. This should be left for properly trained technicians.
NOTE: After installing new wheels you should re-torque your lug hardware after the first 50 to 100 KM of driving. This is necessary because as the wheels are breaking in they may compress slightly allowing their lugs to lose some of their torque.
If you still have questions regarding tyres and wheels, do not hesitate in calling our team of tyre experts at Hyper Drive anytime between:
Monday & Friday 8am – 5pm
Saturday 9am – 1pm
0800 4 49737