PO put a 7 sided keyed lugnut on the spare with a metal sleeve around it. I have no idea how to get it off. Anybody have any idea where to buy a socket that can get this off? Or any other ideas on removing it? My 5th brand new wheel and tire is sitting in the garage instead of on my jeep!
It's keyed with the intention that you have to have the key to remove it. From the angle it sort of looks like the generic key that comes with lug nuts sold at Autozone or other auto parts stores.
You could try pounding a slightly larger socket (impact socket might be better) over it then removing it with a wrench. The tire shops will remove them for a price. When I bought my jeep every single lug nut was keyed and it was not the generic key. I had to take it to a tire shop.
The ones like that are a lot harder to get off than one that is just solid. Since it sounds like you have new wheels. If a 12 point socket beat on with a hammer will not get it off. I would just use the same hammer to break the center cap and use a pipe wrench or vice grips to get it off.