I know it's possible to get obsessional about these things, but in view of my recent experiences and the safety-critical nature of these parts I'm trying to work out the best parts to fit.
Below is a photo of four wheel studs. In order from the left, these are:
1) an original rear wheel stud from my car. Yes, it's bent - I have only just bought this car and it wasn't me!
2) a stud from the new rear hubs as sold by Rimmer's and made by Bastuck (I presume, as they came assembled).
I've discussed this with an old friend who is a retired truck engineer, and has experience of analysing wheel stud failures in commercial vehicles. He says it can be a bit of a black art, as there are so many variables. He's also advised me not to use these hubs, as if there is any error in positioning of the studs a lateral load can be placed on the stud as the cone in the wheel is engaged and tightened. He's also advised me not to try to re-engineer wheel studs, as it's not as simple as it