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Unread 10-02-2008, 10:15 AM   #1
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Default Important infor. to check after you replace your rims

I am glad that I found out before it happened. I replaced my stock rim with an aftermarket model. For the longest time, I never rotate the tires or remove the after market tire/wheel by myself. I took it to the shop and they did it for free since I bought the wheels there.

Yesterday, I was working on the aftermarket spare wheel. Damm, the stock wheel nuts remover (I don't know how to call it) didn't fit through the holes of the aftermarket wheels.

Moral of the story, I would be screwed if I have a flat tire and I couldn't remove the wheel to replace it because of stock wheel nuts removal was too big for my after market wheels. I am heading to autopart store to get the one that fit.
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Unread 10-02-2008, 12:17 PM   #2
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You can get the Gorilla wrench. It's expandable, and should fit your new lugs, or at least you lug nut key.


http://www.gorilla-auto.com/power.wrench
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Unread 10-02-2008, 02:53 PM   #3
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I am glad that I found out before it happened. I replaced my stock rim with an aftermarket model. For the longest time, I never rotate the tires or remove the after market tire/wheel by myself. I took it to the shop and they did it for free since I bought the wheels there.

Yesterday, I was working on the aftermarket spare wheel. Damm, the stock wheel nuts remover (I don't know how to call it) didn't fit through the holes of the aftermarket wheels.

Moral of the story, I would be screwed if I have a flat tire and I couldn't remove the wheel to replace it because of stock wheel nuts removal was too big for my after market wheels. I am heading to autopart store to get the one that fit.
Good thing to check!
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Didn't they give you a new tool to undo the lug nuts when you bought the new wheels? My new wheels were supplied with a new tool (although I did buy new nuts too).
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Unread 10-02-2008, 06:49 PM   #5
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Didn't they give you a new tool to undo the lug nuts when you bought the new wheels? My new wheels were supplied with a new tool (although I did buy new nuts too).
I only got the "key" for the locking nuts with my aftermarket wheel nuts. My nuts use a 19mm thin wall socket, so I bought 2 socket and 2 additional spare "keys". This way I keep one socket and key in the back, and one set in the center console. Didn't want to get stuck without a key or socket on the trail.

It raises a good point, but I think we covered it in the trail tools and spares thread as well.
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I only got the "key" for the locking nuts with my aftermarket wheel nuts. My nuts use a 19mm thin wall socket, so I bought 2 socket and 2 additional spare "keys". This way I keep one socket and key in the back, and one set in the center console. Didn't want to get stuck without a key or socket on the trail.

It raises a good point, but I think we covered it in the trail tools and spares thread as well.


I've got two or three Gorilla keys for my nuts, a couple of 19mm sockets, a Gorilla wrench, and my Snap-On impact wrench.
Definitely helps to have multiple of....well....everything!
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I've got two or three Gorilla keys for my nuts, a couple of 19mm sockets, a Gorilla wrench, and my Snap-On impact wrench.
Definitely helps to have multiple of....well....everything!
Don't use impacts wrenches on lug nuts.
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Why? As long as you're careful tightening and make sure there's always a few clicks on the torque wrench after you're done with the impact? I know a lot of people go crazy with the impact, but I think if you know the tool you're using you should be ok.
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Unread 10-03-2008, 10:04 AM   #9
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Didn't they give you a new tool to undo the lug nuts when you bought the new wheels? My new wheels were supplied with a new tool (although I did buy new nuts too).
No I didn't get any tool. Do they suspose to give me one? I didn't ask for it. It thought they are all the same size.

I picked one up at Kragens for $15. It's not Gorilla but OK for me.
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Why? As long as you're careful tightening and make sure there's always a few clicks on the torque wrench after you're done with the impact? I know a lot of people go crazy with the impact, but I think if you know the tool you're using you should be ok.
I agree. Make sure to have the torque setting lower then the required final 83lbs there should not be a problem assuming you are using the correct procedure.
Also they are great for removing the nuts.
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Don't use impact tools to torque lugs...ok? There was no mention of a torque wrench in the tool list (in this thread) hence why I suggested not using an impact wrench with a extendable socket etc. on lug nuts.

The other thing is that if you are doing your lug nuts properly, you are meant to do each nut in pattern, and starting at 20-30ft/lbs on each, sequentially. This seats the wheel accurately on the hub.Then increase the setting to 55-60ft/lbs and again sequentially. Finally tighten to your final desired torque setting.

Now, most people set up an impact wrench without this plan. Be honest, most people just blast away until they are within a few ft/lbs on the desired setting. Especially with alum wheels it's important to get even balance of torque setting across the whole wheel in prgressive steps. Most people (observation) never set their impact gun for progressive tightening.

But hey do what floats your boat. Just don't ask me to help ya with busted studs or diagnosing why your truck seems to get vibrations. I've done that enough on my own truck LOL!
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Unread 10-04-2008, 03:15 PM   #12
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Or you can get one of these and blast away on your lugs.

http://www.torquestick.com/cart/cust...3&cat=1&page=1
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Or you can get one of these and blast away on your lugs.

http://www.torquestick.com/cart/cust...3&cat=1&page=1


Dang! That thing is pretty cool! Might have to get one.
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