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Old 08-14-2006, 08:28 PM   #1
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Locking lugs.... no key!!

Hey all,

New TJ owner here. Just bought a 2004 TJ, has some nice M/T classics on it and low and behold it has what looks like Gorilla locks lugnts, problem is there is no KEY to be found in the Jeep and the dealer says "Customer doesn't know what you're talking about!"

So does anyone have advice or suggestions on how I might get these off here?

Thanks for any help you can provide.

Bill

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Old 08-14-2006, 08:30 PM   #2
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Tack a lug on the end of them. I've done that before and worked fine.

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Old 08-14-2006, 11:18 PM   #3
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You can always beat on a socket that will "bite" over the lug and just spin off the lug.
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Old 08-15-2006, 06:26 AM   #4
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I second the "hammering-a-socket-onto-the-lug" method of removal.
I had to do that to get the stock wheels off my last TJ.

If you do try this method, keep 2 things in mind:
1) If you miss, you hit the wheel (or your hand).
2) Impact Sockets dont break (as easily as regular sockets).

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Old 08-15-2006, 07:55 AM   #5
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if none of these things work then just take it to a tire shop and see if they can get them off
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Old 08-15-2006, 08:07 AM   #6
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I heard of a tool that is actually a universal key that supposudly fits all of those stupid locking lugs. (I HATE THOSE THINGS) But if that doesnt work, i would go with the hammer method, except i would just break the lug nut off, hit it right in the center enough times, it will crack the lug, and eventually break in half.
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I like the idea of going to a tire shop. You could also stop by any place that sells aftermarket wheels and such. They may have the key to sell you so you don't have to possibly ruin a rim.
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ok so far it's lookin like a socket hammered on, probably should find a size for it and buy several from Northern, one for each. The 4Wheelparts shop here suggested to get a "GatorGrip" socket from Sears, I don't know much about it, but I'm told it has pins inside it and the ridges on the locking lug will push only the certain ones aside and use the rest to grip it. If it isn't expensive maybe I'll give it a try

anyone have one of these, think it would work??

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Old 08-17-2006, 12:42 AM   #9
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Hey all,

New TJ owner here. Just bought a 2004 TJ, has some nice M/T classics on it and low and behold it has what looks like Gorilla locks lugnts, problem is there is no KEY to be found in the Jeep and the dealer says "Customer doesn't know what you're talking about!"

So does anyone have advice or suggestions on how I might get these off here?

Thanks for any help you can provide.

Bill
You can order a replacement key for $8.50 from

http://www.gorilla-auto.com/order.replacement/

The only problem is you have to have a key number to order one. I had to do this several months ago but I was lucky and still had the card with the key number. If you can find the key # you can call and order one and have it in a few days.
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Old 08-17-2006, 01:11 AM   #10
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Just find a cheap socket that will bite on to the locking lug. Get a cheap 1/2 drive socket. A 12 point socket works well for this application.
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Old 08-17-2006, 06:49 AM   #11
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You can go to a place like sears or any tool shop that sells tools from snap-on or matco and those companies have a special socket just for this job. Its purpose is to remove locking lug nuts.

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