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closed or open end lug nuts what do you run and why.

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by sandawgk5, Aug 7, 2005.

  1. sandawgk5

    sandawgk5 3/4 ton status

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    I am in the market for a set of lug nuts and I am leaning towards open end cause I have had bad luck with closed end getting seized to the studs and then they break. It could have been an isolated incident cause it was the first time I had removed these nuts on the K5.

    I found these but have not heard of anyone using the splined nuts I would have to buy 2 sets to get the 32 that I need but they are still cheaper than the $2 a piece that I have found so far.

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    You should put anti-seize on the studs, that will help a lot. I've ran closed for years, but during the reconfig of the truck, I will be switching to open...........
     
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    i like open myself.less crome. :laugh:
     
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    Is thatr the size for a stock k5 4x4. think I will order a couple sets also. I only have six lugs per wheel.
    diaedy
     
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    Open, because that's what came on the truck.
     
  6. sandawgk5

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    Nope the stock size for a K5 is 7/16. I need these for MY Dana 60 and 14FF :D
     
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    open are stock, cheap, effective, and also lower clearence and u need them when running spacers... just better all around.
     
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    i use NAPA's chrome acorn closed ones, closed ones keep water and salt and crap off the threads and from freezing nuts on, and they are inexpensive and look nice :D

    one of the very first things i do when i buy a vehicle is go get new wheel nuts and/or studs

    alot of the times they are trashed/frozen/rounded/busted/weak/stripped etc.
     
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    ehh, i prefer open, as i have dually studs on my 14 bolt and the closed ones look stupid for a dually. on the 60 i have closed but they are shorter and dont look so bad. they are chrome BUT were free so i use them and keep the extras with me.... open are prefered so a longer stud is cleared.... i can take one off the front and put it on the back if needed....
    Grant
     
  11. sandawgk5

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    I know they are kinda ricer but do you think the ones in the link would be sufficient for our rigs?

    Thanks

    Ira
     
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    No opinion on open vs. closed, but will second BBR's anti-seize recommendation.
     
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    Yep I have some now. As soon as I had to tear down my 10 bolt just to replace some studs after a flat tire I anti-siezed the **** out of them and I did the other studs as well.
     
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    I run open on everything for the following reasons,

    You can visually see thread engagement. Yes you can measure and tell how much you should have but with open you will see if it is coming loose for some reason.

    Easier to get unstuck. A closed end lug nut is harder to get penetrating oil into. (never actually had one stuck)

    Most sanctioning bodies will require open end lug nuts. (so they can see thread engagement.)
     
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    I run opens cuz they're easy to get, you can see if one is coming loose, and you don't have to worry about how deep the nuts are and how much lug stickout you have.

    The comment was made that closed ones keep out road grime and crap. I dispute that because every time I've taken off a closed one, it's been packed with de-icing salt and sand. Just my .02
     
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    That new site brings up another question. The only open lugs they have are either .63" long or 1.81 inches long. Are the .63 long enough? 1.81 seems like the lugs would be longer than the studs. Any help thanks.

    Ira
     
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    the 1.8 ones are probally the crome ones with out the crome cap
     
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    closed end chrome, because with all the dents scratches and other parts missing, i need SOMETHING that looks half way decent on the truck.

    The only problem i have with them is when tire shops use their air guns and "rip" them off and on, usually get one or two studs stripped out when that happens,,

    I also think they look nice up against black wheels,,adds alittle definition,color to the wheel.
     
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    I dont need the contrast My hubs are OD green and wheels will be black. What is the minimum height for an open lug nut is .63 inches to short?
     
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    You need to have as much depth as you have diameter. So if you have .5" studs, minimum lug nut is .5". So, a .63" lug nut should be good up to a 5/8" stud.
     

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