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    Wheel retaining bolt question...

    I recently picked up a low hour 1987 JD750, which near as I can tell spent most of it's life just sitting (We're going to change that, lol )

    The tires were decidedly dry rotten, the rims have what I'd call normal rust for their age and are headed out to be bead blasted and repainted (as long as the tires are being replaced, now is the time to do it)

    My question is this: Is there a chance that the wheel retaining bolts (lug bolts) are stainless steel ? They have no radial lines on the cap, only a "7" and a faint circle around the cap, are are decidedly rust free except for what appears to be a mid grey patina. The are magnetic, enough so that it really doesnt help me much, and I can find nothing in the literature I have.

    If I knew they were stainless I'd buff them out and install as is, really would prefer that to painting... I just don't want to end up with 24 rust spots on freshly painted rims after all the work.

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    I seriously doubt the bolts are stainless. More than likely they are a coated steel alloy of some kind just like new tractors.
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    I doubt it but maybe. You say a magnet does attach to them? I would also guess new ones are not cheap either.
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    Stainless would be a poor choice for wheel lugs. It galls too easily and would cause lots of issues. Nothing would be more frustrating than being unable to remove a wheel bolt due to a stud galling up.
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    MB,

    The lugs on my 1966 110 are the same. I would say it is just a plating of some sort.
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    thanks for the quick replies, all. I didnt think they were SS, but they are remarkably clean and do not appear plated in a EP or HD galvi sorta way... They "feel" hard, if that makes sense (though I dont want to put a file to them, no point really), with crisp edges, but have no head markings I ever saw. I just cant believe they would be mild steel with the torque specified.

    I'm gonna run with them the way they are for now, sort of a gun metal grey. WHATEVER is on there / in there is working, lol.

    Thanks again,

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