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Old 05-13-2011, 11:19 PM   #1
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4 Way Lug Wrench - where to store?

I have a 4 way lug wrench in my 2012 so that I can fit the factory lug nuts as well as the McGard locking lug wrench tool. Sadly, they arent the same size. But anyway, I was thinking of cutting slots into the styrofoam (or whatever it is) as shown below in order to stow it below deck.

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Old 05-14-2011, 07:47 AM   #2
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I bought a folding four way at my local Advance Auto Parts and dropped it down into the well behind the tire. I tried it on a wheel before I took the tags off and it seemed sturdy enough.
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Old 05-14-2011, 01:22 PM   #3
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I'd cut the the foam..


Wrap some tape around the correct sized socket so you're not always trying to figure out which socket is the correct one.............
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What about getting new wheel locks that have the same size key as the other lugs on the car?
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Old 05-14-2011, 03:33 PM   #5
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The foam is going to get messy if you cut it. Melting the lug wrench into the foam is what I'd try to do, but considerably more dangerous. You have to heat the wrench quite a bit then push it into the foam. When you do it this way the surface should turn out just like it is now. Which means it won't break apart and leave debris all over.

I want to say the wrench has to be around 200*F to melt it in but I can't recall exactly.
Wrench in the oven should heat it well, maybe?
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I'd go with the folding wrench too. As stated above, fits next to the tire in the well. Just wrap a rag around it to prevent rattling.
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The heated wrench melting the styrofoam sounded the best if I was going to keep the wrench, but was then worried it might get stuck in it.

So, I got a Gorilla telescoping wrench and slipped it in between the side of the tire and the well (and it came with a nice storage case), so that's working great.

Thanks to everyone for the advice...
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Just came across this old thread, before writing a similar one.

I've carried a 4-way in my SVT, because I've had bad experience with the crap that comes with cars. (Not being able to break loose the lugs.) With a 4-way I can stand on the horizonal legs of the wrench to get enough force. (Sometimes.) (I guess these nuts were probably over-torqued by impact wrench in shop.)

In the SVT I could fit the 4-way on top of the spare, though the trunk floor was then not quite flat. In the ST it looks to be worse for that. I had thought of notching into the foam cover, but am worried that it will weaken so that it breaks.

Are the folding ones strong enough to use this way? (Standing on them, or otherwise applying a lot of force to the crossbars.)

I just don't want to get stuck where I need to change a tire and can't get the flat one off.
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Just came across this old thread, before writing a similar one.

I've carried a 4-way in my SVT, because I've had bad experience with the crap that comes with cars. (Not being able to break loose the lugs.) With a 4-way I can stand on the horizonal legs of the wrench to get enough force. (Sometimes.) (I guess these nuts were probably over-torqued by impact wrench in shop.)

In the SVT I could fit the 4-way on top of the spare, though the trunk floor was then not quite flat. In the ST it looks to be worse for that. I had thought of notching into the foam cover, but am worried that it will weaken so that it breaks.

Are the folding ones strong enough to use this way? (Standing on them, or otherwise applying a lot of force to the crossbars.)

I just don't want to get stuck where I need to change a tire and can't get the flat one off.
I just keep my breaker bar in the trunk, I hate 4-ways, all-in-one, master of none. Standing on them isn't my favorite thing to do, especially if it's wet outside.

I keep saying I'm to get a 1/2 extendable ratchet from Harbor Freight to keep in the trunk. Then I want to cut the "handle" off the factory jack to make the hex head that it's attached to accessible, and possibly weld a socket to it. I'll be changing tires like a pit crew then.

I try to make it a habit to recheck the lug torque when I come back from a tire shop, I don't want to find out if they're Superman tight when I'm on the side of the road.
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