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Old 02-16-2015, 03:31 PM   #1
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Getting new lug nuts, suggestions?

Aftermarket lug nuts on OEM wheels? Same fit?

I'm trying to buy new lug nuts for my car if they'll fit. I currently have the 17" polished alloy wheels (ones available for Titanium focus).

I got the OEM lug nuts on my OEM wheels but was wondering if having aftermarket lugs installed would be a bad decision or not.. not sure if they're the same fit (looking for blue ones for my performance blue hatch).

If they don't, would painting the OEM ones be fine? (or plastidip?)
If they do, which lug nuts would you recommend?



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Old 02-16-2015, 04:53 PM   #2
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Well you have to buy the ones that actually FIT.
12mm by 1.50 thread size
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I'm asking because of this disclaimer:

"NOTE: LUG NUTS ARE MADE WITH TAPERED BOTTOMS SPECIFICALLY FOR AFTERMARKET WHEELS. DO NOT USE THESE TUNER LUGS FOR YOUR FACTORY WHEELS. WE NO LONGER ACCEPT RETURNS ON LUG NUTS FROM CUSTOMERS WHO ATTEMPT TO USE THEM ON FACTORY WHEELS. THESE LUGS ALSO DO NOT FIT ON SPECIAL WHEELS THAT REQUIRE INVERTED LUGS. WE WILL ALSO NOT ACCEPT RETURNS FROM CUSTOMERS THAT TRY TO USE THEM FOR THESE TYPES OF WHEELS."

I know the thread size is 12x1.5.. But I want to know if it's OK to install aftermarket ones on OEM wheels. Don't want my wheels flying off
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I'm asking because of this disclaimer:

"NOTE: LUG NUTS ARE MADE WITH TAPERED BOTTOMS SPECIFICALLY FOR AFTERMARKET WHEELS. DO NOT USE THESE TUNER LUGS FOR YOUR FACTORY WHEELS. WE NO LONGER ACCEPT RETURNS ON LUG NUTS FROM CUSTOMERS WHO ATTEMPT TO USE THEM ON FACTORY WHEELS. THESE LUGS ALSO DO NOT FIT ON SPECIAL WHEELS THAT REQUIRE INVERTED LUGS. WE WILL ALSO NOT ACCEPT RETURNS FROM CUSTOMERS THAT TRY TO USE THEM FOR THESE TYPES OF WHEELS."

I know the thread size is 12x1.5.. But I want to know if it's OK to install aftermarket ones on OEM wheels. Don't want my wheels flying off
I would just say if you need to ask, then don't do it.
The only wheels anyone would make such a disclaimer are Honda wheels, which OEM use the ball type surface. Any other wheels OEM or not made in the last half century us the same cone design.
The few others not cone are flat and usually antique/ old.

Now one thing odd about the Ford Focus MK3 OEM bolts are the wide surface. The cone pressure area is the same.. they just have a wide 'extra' surface. I guess if the wheel cracks, the extra surface picks up helping to keep the wheel on.
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I would just say if you need to ask, then don't do it.
The only wheels anyone would make such a disclaimer are Honda wheels, which OEM use the ball type surface. Any other wheels OEM or not made in the last half century us the same cone design.
The few others not cone are flat and usually antique/ old.

Now one thing odd about the Ford Focus MK3 OEM bolts are the wide surface. The cone pressure area is the same.. they just have a wide 'extra' surface. I guess if the wheel cracks, the extra surface picks up helping to keep the wheel on.
Thanks for the detailed reply. I'm asking to inform myself and maybe an upgrade if it's worth it.
Any high quality aftermarket lug nuts you would suggest? I know McGard's have a good reputation on this forum
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definitely McGards. One piece T304 stainless. They're really expensive, ~$4 a lug. I had to replace my lugs on my MK1 ST because the cheap silver caps were coming off the oem lug. If you're not having any issues, I'd say leave them be, but otherwise go with those. I have the McGard locks on my wheels right now, great quality. I have the Ti titanium sport wheels painted in black chrome.
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Old 02-16-2015, 10:13 PM   #7
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Well I'm not having any issues at all.. I just want some blue lugs and sadly McGard doesn't offer blue ones
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Is it fine to dip my OEM lugs? Will the paint chip off and can it cause damage to the rims?
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Is it fine to dip my OEM lugs? Will the paint chip off and can it cause damage to the rims?
You can dip your lugs, but, once you remove them, or put them on, the dip will be damaged so you'll have to do it everytime you remove your wheel.
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