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Old 02-19-2009, 12:17 PM
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Splined lug nuts

I have 8 spline anti-theft lug nuts and lost the matching socket. Does anyone have any idea where I begin trying to replace the socket. It may be a McGard, but I'm not sure.
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Old 02-19-2009, 12:46 PM   #2
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I had the round ones with the key in the end of the nut. I bought a socket just large enough to drive on with a single jack and removed the locks that way. I did not replace the locks because I figured I'd loose the key again.

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Old 02-19-2009, 12:51 PM   #3
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You could always try finding a socket from the hardware store that might fight them & try that.

Check McGuard or Gorillas site to see if they offer key sockets for them to try matching it up that might help more.



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Old 02-19-2009, 12:58 PM   #4
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They're not hard to remove even without the key. I'd first try a big set of visegrips to unscrew. If that doesn't do it, pound a 12 point socket over the lug nut that is just barely big enough to fit over it when pounded onto it and then use a ratchet wrench to remove it. To me, locking lugnuts are more of a PITA than they are worth. Any determined thief can get them off in seconds.
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Find a tow truck driver and pay him a couple of bucks and he'll take them off for you. They always carry all the different kind of lug nut lock keys.
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Get a torch and cut them off! J/K!!!

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