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Old 07-30-2013, 06:27 PM   #1
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Will one locking lug unbalance my wheels?

I suppose it depends on the style of locking lug nut, as some of them may be very close in weight to the stock nuts, but I'm wondering if I should go with a set of 23 from Gorilla to eliminate the potential problem.
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Old 07-30-2013, 06:33 PM   #2
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I would think they (lugnuts) are close enough to the center of the rotating wheel to cause any unbalance issues. Wheel weights are mounted on the outer most part of the rim for that reason. No scientific data there just my opinion.

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I suppose it depends on the style of locking lug nut, as some of them may be very close in weight to the stock nuts, but I'm wondering if I should go with a set of 23 from Gorilla to eliminate the potential problem.
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No worry.
Lug nuts are not part of the wheel.
If you were racing then you would want to balance every rotating part on the axle. A DD doesn't matter.
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I was thinking of how precisely a driveshaft wants to be balanced, but I guess the fact that it is spinning four times faster than the wheels is the difference there.
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I suppose it depends on the style of locking lug nut, as some of them may be very close in weight to the stock nuts, but I'm wondering if I should go with a set of 23 from Gorilla to eliminate the potential problem.
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in my experience with two different locking lug sets, yes the lock is heavier and yes it affects balance. There is a good discussion of how to adjust the wheel weight on a miata forum that will come up if you google unequal locking lugnut weight
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