New lug nuts

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  1. beerbelly

    beerbelly In Maximum Overdrive SILVER MEMBER

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    As many probably know, the small Ford bolt circle doesn't allow you to get a 13/16" socket on the Torq Thrust D lugs with the center cap is on; no clearance. Pain in the a$$ if you're changing a tire on a dark, rainy Oregon night and have to take off the center cap with a tiny allen key before you can get to the lug nuts.
    I decided to try these internal-socket nuts, so clearance is a non-issue. There are other options, like splined "tuner" lugs, and maybe 3/4" nuts, but I'll give these a shot for now. Also, I ordered a set of spun aluminum flat center caps; I'm not a big fan of the "chrome 8 ball" look of the stock ones.

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  2. Kiwirancher

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    Hi BB , I had the same problem ( not in the middle of a cold rainy night) . I carefully filed a piece out of the caps in line with each nut so a socket or wheelbrace would fit then polished them. Works and looks ok too. I like the look of those flat alloy ones , opens up lots of options for custom writing , stickers on them !
    Denis.
     
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    Denis, I considered that, but decided not to in case I want to sell the caps on Craigslist or ebay. I also found that Scott Drake makes flat center caps with lug wrench notches, but with all the scallops and beveled edges, they looked too "frilly" to me, like snow flakes.

    I think with the flat center caps I ordered and these lug nuts, it might look pretty racy.

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  4. RancheroRandy

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    I like those lugs and didn't know they made such things. Where'd you purchase those? I also filed reliefs on mine after cracking 2... :mad:
     
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    Quite like the look of them. If I hadn’t filed my caps I would buy some. Maybe if I ever change the caps.
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  7. DJ Clinton

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    I went with the splined lugnuts[plated red to match the car]. I do like the looks of the internal lug nuts & the flat center caps.
     
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    As it turns out Randy, I can't recommend these after installing them. The key they sent isn't what appears to be a black oxide hardened key as shown in their listing, but a cheaply plated one made of a soft metal. The corners have started rounding off after the initial installation, and I have no faith in future use. I'm currently in negotiations for a refund or an ebay claim.

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  9. RancheroRandy

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    I'll get on my soapbox: more China crap! :(
     
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    I filed a claim with ebay, took them off, put my McGards back on, and ordered these Gorilla small diameter splined nuts & locks:

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  11. Hillbilly

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    Thought I was slick by using those splined lug nuts on the wife's Roadmaster wagon. Theft protection ? Fat chance ! I learned that they nearly all have the same spline pattern after some punk loosened the lugs on a front wheel while we were in a restaurant. Wheel ran off and I ran over it damaging a front fender. Not a sound or shake until "BAM" and the car hit the pavement. Got my Cousin's Jeep and a guy's Ford truck the same night. During the repair I tore open about ten packs of new splined nuts at the local NAPA and discovered they all had the same splines. Live and learn.
     
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    Oh GREAT! More returns:mad:.
    I may have found a solution that allows me to keep my McGard lugs & locks; an extra-thin impact socket with a removable plastic protector sleeve. The reviews I've read say it allows you to get past the center cap by removing the sleeve:

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  13. beerbelly

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    So finally I got it worked out- small diameter splined lug nuts & key from Gorilla, and a different set of flat center caps from Dashman.com
    The seller of the original caps I wanted (ID Your Ride) hadn't shipped them after 6 weeks, so I got a refund and bought the Dashman's. They are thinner aluminum and have a hole for dust cap clearance on the fronts, but I think they look pretty racy:

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