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View Poll Results: Factory Lugs suck or is it just me?
Suck 9 64.29%
You're nuts, they're just fine. (or is it just YOUR nuts?) 5 35.71%
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Old 02-11-2017, 08:13 PM   #1
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Do the factory lug nuts suck or is it just me?

I've stripped two now and the dealership has stripped one. Up until recently I was able to get all said lug nuts off and replace due to having a spare set. The 19mm seems to give a little upon un-torqing them. All of them seem to have a very slight mar around the edges. Is it just me or should I be investing in a new 19mm? I have to get this last one removed because it's totaled.


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You talking about 'stripping' the outside where they have a stainless cover?

Good fitting wrench is needed to avoid damage, six point is better.

When you mention the 'give' it makes me think of a 12 point socket that got cracked, sometimes not easy to see that and it will open up and 'give' only under load.
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You talking about 'stripping' the outside where they have a stainless cover?

Good fitting wrench is needed to avoid damage, six point is better.

When you mention the 'give' it makes me think of a 12 point socket that got cracked, sometimes not easy to see that and it will open up and 'give' only under load.
Yes, the outside cover just falls apart. I was fortunate to get the last couple off but this one is toast. Any tips?
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Rip off any remaining cover if it's half off, then tap on a close fitting six point socket if the steel under the cover is messed up.

Remember that you can swap between metric & American in sockets, 3/4 for 19mm is the closest to try fitting first.

I had metric deep impacts by the millimeter to make that easier, still swapped with American for some items.
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What works to remove the cover? Any recommendations for good after market brands? Gorillas have mixed reviews. I think I'm done with these oem lug nuts after this.
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I had the same issue. I bought these from O'Reilly auto parts. They look really good.
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Gorilla's seem the best for popular aftermarket ones currently, options for type preferred.

Some folks go nuts over a rust speck, and up North with salt on roads that will happen to any eventually where the surface gets damaged.

Gorilla reports seem good for that, some can look poor after a few months.
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heh Ford stuck those on my 2003 Jaguar X-Type they royally suck

I got a handful of wheel nuts from fellow member to replace the factory rusted ones on my 2006 SAP so I's thinking im going to replace them all but i need to find where the handful i got originally came from as several are factory shelled ones and the rest are solid unshelled ones..

on my Jag someones replaced the fronts they look factory but they are not they are coned the originals are sleeve with thick washer and im thinking new set for both.. sleeved with washer.. i dont trust the cone tip as they start to eat the rim and come loose

This is the style and set my Jag uses I'm thinking buying another set and having a local wheel refinishing shop bore and fit those nuts to fit the focus rims properly..
i have one focus rim that is no good as a few of the nuts ate the wheel nut hole and its now oversized

P.S. at the time my jaguar was built, Jaguar was owned by Ford so alot of the parts are interchangeable and my local Ford Performance Shop has no issues fixing my car at 1/3 the price of the Jaguar dealer and they use the same parts
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Don't use a impact wrench
Use a Breaker-bar with a well fitting socket
Use a torque wrench to tighten .
I think the hammer effect of a Impact wrench
Causes the Soft outer shell of the Wheel nut to expand.
I just replace 5 nuts on my Focus
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