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Old October 5th, 2011, 12:26 PM
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Basic question from ham-fisted moron

I'm almost too embarrassed to ask this, but seeing as how I have the luxury of hiding behind the keyboard, here it goes:

Just received 5 brand new D90 lug nuts for alloy wheels (at $20 ea) to replace worn nuts with rounded off edges from years of removing/installing. I'd like to keep these and the rest of my lug nuts from rounding off and I'm wondering what brand or type of socket folks have had good luck with? I've been using a Craftsman 6 point socket and its just barely getting enough purchase on some of the more worn lug nuts. It's possible that tire shops, etc. have been pretty brutal with the impact wrenches and 12 points over the years. As I look at the new nuts the edges are rounded off for, what I assume to be a decorative fashion statement (unlike the steel wheel lugs with nice, crisp edges). I'm kind of a tool whore and am salivating at the idea of a new Snap-on socket set. Before I take the plunge I was wondering what folks out there have had good luck with for removing and not damaging the stock lugs? Thanks, in advance, for the help.

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http://i831.photobucket.com/albums/z...s/P1010068.jpg
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Old October 5th, 2011, 01:15 PM
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At 20 clams a throw you'll want a velvet lined socket
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Old October 5th, 2011, 01:23 PM
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20 bucks seem alot and if the tire guys have been using an impact then you should have knocked him over the head, cause your suppose to HAND tighten the alloy lug nuts. Just buy the to lug wrench that RN sells.
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Old October 5th, 2011, 03:57 PM
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1 1/8" 6 point and it does not matter how rounded they get.

Me, I trash the alloy head ones and fit 87-91ish RRC lugnuts without the caps.

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Old October 5th, 2011, 04:44 PM
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At 20 clams a throw you'll want a velvet lined socket
Yep- I hear ya! I bought them in a hurry and later wished I had called George or Stephen.
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I use a 12 pt 27mm socket, have since the week I broke that shit ass land Rover lug wrench. My nuts are as fresh as the day they came new from the dealer.
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I use a 12 pt 27mm socket, have since the week I broke that shit ass land Rover lug wrench. My nuts are as fresh as the day they came new from the dealer.
You broke one? I just twisted it around like a rotini.
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At least your nuts are fresh- you've got that going for you. Nothing worse than manky nuts.
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