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Old 04-10-2011, 01:43 AM   #1
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wheel lug nuts losing their caps ?

I was rotating the tires today and noticed some of the build-in "caps " over the lug nuts are coming off. If they were to fall off on the road, the remaining nuts are smaller than the size of the stock wrench !
Has anyone have add that problem ?

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Old 04-10-2011, 07:07 AM   #2
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If you gently squeeze them with pliers, they can be tightened up...

I replaced mine with aftermarket acorn style lugnuts, about $20/ wheel, much better...

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Old 04-10-2011, 07:10 AM   #3
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You'll find that those things will eventually just be a pain in your rump.

One solution is to replace them with some that are chrome plated.
The plating will eventually peel too but at least they will not be going to pieces.
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I use all ProComp "SPLINE" lug nuts and they're all cad plated-

Kinda like all LOCK LUGNUTS-

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After the caps fall off those cheap lugs you won't be able to find a properly fitting wrench, they will be an in between size, niether metric nor standard.Replace them ASAP.
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I use all ProComp "SPLINE" lug nuts and they're all cad plated-

Kinda like all LOCK LUGNUTS-

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How's the finish holding up?? Damned road salt has the chrome on mine looking pretty bad right now....I'd like to get some good ones that can hold up to winter....
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Yea, I can imagine, the way they spray your roads, but


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How's the finish holding up?? Damned road salt has the chrome on mine looking pretty bad right now....I'd like to get some good ones that can hold up to winter....
My jeep lives at 4200 ft Nevada and the finish is still pristine after, over two years and I've had the tires/wheels off A BUNCH and the "spline" system doesn't mark/mar/scrath or indent the lugnuts-

I prefer them, but only because I do all my own wheel work !!

I don't think garages/tirestores will work onem !

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You can change them to stainless steel, if you can find the right size. They are the best and just what you need if you play with your nuts a lot!
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Not sure about the Chrome but the Black plated Gorilla acorns still look new after a very tough New England winter!

Gorilla Automotive 41783Q-23 - Gorilla Automotive Products Acorn Stlye 3/4" Hex 1/2-20 Thread Wheel Installation Kit - Quadratec

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How's the finish holding up?? Damned road salt has the chrome on mine looking pretty bad right now....I'd like to get some good ones that can hold up to winter....
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Just ordered some {20} McGard Triple chrome plated lugs from Amazon , along with a Gorilla wrench. My OEM lugs are falling apart after just 2 rotations. Lost 2 caps and 2 are loose. Tired of messing with the cheap crap. Everything was 67 bucks---free shipping ! 3/4 hex--1/2 x 20 was the size.
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Not sure about the Chrome but the Black plated Gorilla acorns still look new after a very tough New England winter!

Gorilla Automotive 41783Q-23 - Gorilla Automotive Products Acorn Stlye 3/4" Hex 1/2-20 Thread Wheel Installation Kit - Quadratec

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Thanks...I'd rather have the black...small town here, trying to support the parts store...the lugnuts were not up to the winter...I'm gonna check out your suggestion...
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Triple chrome plated is just another name for high priced junk. Stainless is where it's at. No plating to for the air gun happy monkeys at the tire shops to destroy in one rotation. Will last forever if you take any kind of care at all. Will never rust or corrode as it is stainless to the core.
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You can get new nuts at 4wd dot com. Made by gorilla and only $4 dollars a nut. That's cheap as where else can you get a nut for a mere 4 bucks! And these are stainless and will never rust.
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That's a GREAT price! Definitely better than chrome too.
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My ProComp "Splines" were $26 bucks for 20ea/key--

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Old 04-18-2011, 10:47 PM   #16
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And torque ?

Thanks for the replies. When I rotated my tires and the caps started to fall off, I went to the dealer. They replaced....2 of them.
The service manager tells me I overtorqued the lug nuts. I couldn't find the proper torque data in the manual, so I used 85 lbs same as my dodge ram.
The manager goes out... and comes back after 10 minutes telling me the correct amount is 100lbs ! So much for overtorquing ????
Anyhow, would someone know EXACTLY the proper torque amount for the Wrangler wheel lug nuts ?
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Anyone having issue with the gorilla lugs. I ordered replacements for mine and the mating surface doesn't seem to be the same as the old OEM ones. anyone else notice this? Is that an issue?

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