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locking lug nuts problem

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by colbystephens, Jul 28, 2006.

  1. colbystephens

    colbystephens 1 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    ok, so i've got this gorilla brand locking lug nut deal - it's not a lock, but the kind with the really wierd shape and then a special socket for it. anyway, all my tools got stolen, and guess what happened to be in the bottom of the tool box when it was taken from me? yep - that little key. so, what should i do - is it possible to just buy a key, or will i have to get a whole new set of locking lugs??
     
  2. chevyfumes

    chevyfumes Court jester

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    If you cant get a new one I will make you a new one...
     
  3. colbystephens

    colbystephens 1 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    really? that'd be really cool. i'm going to check w/ les schwab tomorrow. you have the proper tooling to be able to cut a new socket? that's freaking cool, man. thanks for the offer.
     
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    You can also use a regular socket that is a very tight fit on the special lugs and hit it on with a hammer. Usually they fit tight enough to remove the lugs, then you can get new ones.
     
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    Vice grips Wookie tight work also.
     
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    If you have the paperwork they give you with them, it has a lock id # and you can order another one.
     
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    thats what i did when the gas station lost my key during the state inspection last year.
     
  8. sweetk30

    sweetk30 professional hooker Premium Member

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    locking lugs dont do much of anything but cause us these broblems. and if i wanted your wheels/tires so bad i would just take the whole ride and remove them at my place if i was a crok.
     
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    Same thing happened to me with my Z28, I ended up taking it to a tire shop and some ol' boy cut them off with a air chisel.

    Didnt hurt the threads or anything. Only took hom about 10 minutes and I installed regular lug nuts. :waytogo: :waytogo:

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    We bought a parts rig that had them once, I beat all four of them off with a hammer. Comes off real easy once the studs break.:p: Only costs a couple bucks to put new studs into those axles, which we were tearing into anyway. But yeah, if you beat on a lug nut with a BFH long enough, it will break off. Worst case scenario.
     
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    tire shop..

    Go to a tire shop--they have special tapered sockets with spiral splines inside them they can pound on with a hammer ,and the impact spins them right off..

    I've gotten a few off at home with a peice of pipe I pounded over them,and used a pipe wrench to turn them off..either that,or I fire up the arc welder and weld a "normal" lug nut to the locker!..:crazy:
     

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