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Old 04-02-2014, 03:19 PM   #1
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How to install black Gorilla Lugs without scratching

My Discount Tire dealer ordered and installed a set of black gorilla Lugnuts at my request. The main reason that I wanted them installed was to avoid scratching them.

One of the lugs was badly chipped, and on almost every other lug there was a minor scratch or marring of some type.

Discount Tire immediately stepped up and agreed to order manother set at their expense and install them.

However, I spent a considerable amount of time discussing with the Discount Tire guy as to how to install these lugs without scratching them. He wasn't much help, and my concern is that when they install the new set they are likely to damage them again.

Does anyone have any insight on how to install these Lugnuts without damaging them?


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Old 04-02-2014, 07:27 PM   #2
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I've been using a set going on four years and they still look new.

Is the installer chipping the lugs or are they out of the package damaged? Either that or Gorilla is using cheap paint now.
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Old 04-03-2014, 03:16 AM   #3
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No question, the lugs were damaged during installation.
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Start and tighten by hand
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Old 04-03-2014, 07:08 AM   #5
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probably because they like using the impact wrench, just put them on with a socket wrench and torque it down like you would normally at home.
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Old 04-03-2014, 09:56 AM   #6
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ferret...thank you. That might just be the trick. Thanks very much.
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You will still get minor marring when doing it by hand. For even more protection you can wrap it with a layer of masking tape, just make sure you leave an edge to grab to remove it. Sheetmetal mechanics use it to avoid marring the finish on aluminum rivets with steel rivet sets while shooting or around the bucking bar to avoid paint damage on the shop head side.
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Dyno, thanks. Masking tape + socket wrench. Appreciate the tip.
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I recommend spraying the socket/or lock, with plastidip on the inside.
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Oxy, thank you. Plasti-dipping the socket would sure be easier than masking each lug...(now that I'm thinking this through, masking all 20 lugs might push my O.C.D. tendency into a full fledged "disorder" LOL).

I keep picturing the tape / pasti dip tearing as pressure is applied to the socket to tighten down the lug. Hopefully that doesn't happen.
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