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Old 01-19-2012, 05:44 PM
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Gorilla lugs

So I ordered my wheels today (very exciting!), and need to order black lug nuts to match, along with a locking lug.

Gorilla offers "The System" in which all lugs are lockers.

Gorilla Automotive Products - Lug Nuts, Wheel Locks, Auto Security, Wheel Accessories

Does anyone have any experience with this setup, or knowlege about it?

Just trying to get it right on the first pass.

Thanks in advance, Jeep People.

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Old 01-19-2012, 06:06 PM   #2
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Yes i do and they're a great setup...

I dont currently have them on my wrangler but do plan on doing so in the near future to match my matte black mickey thompsom rims

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Old 01-19-2012, 06:12 PM   #3
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They came with the wheels I ordered for my mustang. Holding up great so far and its been a little over a year. just dont lose the key.
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Have em on my wifes CRV and my F-250. They work great. Very secure since you have the key. Love em.
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Awesome.

I've always had a locking lug on my various aftermarket wheels, but never a situation where they were all locking... the key looks like it works differently than what I've had in the past.

Thanks for the WF confirmation!
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Old 01-19-2012, 07:33 PM   #6
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The key slips over the whole lug nut. Much less stress on the nut.
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Old 01-19-2012, 09:42 PM   #7
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We just put a 4” lift in a buddy’s jeep this weekend, before we started we realized the tire shop that had put some wheel spacers on the guys jeep failed to put the key for his gorilla lugs back in the jeep. We took a quick ride over to the tire shop but the guys couldn’t find it so they offered to remove them without the key. It took less than 20 seconds to remove each one. All they did is place a similar size socket over the nut then whack it 2-3 times with a 3 pound hammers and they came right off without any damage.
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All they did is place a similar size socket over the nut then whack it 2-3 times with a 3 pound hammers and they came right off without any damage.

sonofa.....
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Old 01-19-2012, 11:25 PM   #9
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sonofa.....
That's standard operating procedure.
Been there, done that. Lots.

Locking lug nuts won't deter any serious thief.
Locking lug nuts will deter an novice thief.
Locking lug nuts do give the owner a nice sense of security.
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until they realize they've lost the key and have a flat tire.
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and they are a HUGE PITA when trying to remove from a mud encrusted wheel.

(edit: And Gorilla company is a great product. I run there lug nuts on both my rigs. One of the few companies which sell heat treated lug nuts .. http://www.gorilla-auto.com/lug-nuts-page-12 )
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I have em and love em. They are too long for my center caps to fit so I just tossed the center caps.
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I like mine.
Gorilla 61681B5 $15.23 Wheel Locks - Set of 5 Acorn/Tapered Seat, Chrome 13/16" Hex Key Included 1/2" x 20 Thread

If adequately motivated, and they Really really want it....they are gonna get it even if it requires a cutting torch.

These merely keep hones folks honest.

The idea isnt to build a fortress...but to make yourself more of a pain in the arse to steel from than the other guy.

Sh_t-bags are inherently lazy. They prefer the path of least resistance...otherwise they would have a job.

If you have duct tape on your wheels...and the other guy has non...statistical odds are that the take the one that requires less time...less noise...less effort...less noise.

Besides....all I really want to do is slow them down long enough to be able to maneuver into a position where my round wont go into my Jeep when it penetrates through them.
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If you're looking to make your wheels theft proof...impossible

If someone wants something bad enough, they'll take it regardless.

The gorilla lugs are nice
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I am looking at this set..
http://www.amazon.com/Gorilla-Automo...hu-rd_add_1_dp

I'm looking towards the 6 lug wheel kit because it will give me 4 extra, 3 for the spare and one for the glovebox. Are these really as tough as they say?
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I am looking at this set..
Amazon.com: Gorilla Automotive 71684N "The System" Acorn Wheel Locks (1/2" Thread Size) - For 6 Lug Wheels: Automotive

I'm looking towards the 6 lug wheel kit because it will give me 4 extra, 3 for the spare and one for the glovebox. Are these really as tough as they say?
Does anyone know if you can use an impact on these without damaging them?
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Impact drives aren't a problem for mine.
The "key" is actually a sort-of adapter that fits over the lug-nut and extends-out beyond the protective sleeve .

The tire-iron, socket, impact drive, pliars, etc fits onto the extended "key" and does not come into contact with the locking-nut.
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Impact drives aren't a problem for mine.
The "key" is actually a sort-of adapter that fits over the lug-nut and extends-out beyond the protective sleeve .

The tire-iron, socket, impact drive, pliars, etc fits onto the extended "key" and does not come into contact with the locking-nut.
Pliers? you can take off your wheels with pliers?! Are you the hulk?



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Impact drives aren't a problem for mine.
The "key" is actually a sort-of adapter that fits over the lug-nut and extends-out beyond the protective sleeve .

The tire-iron, socket, impact drive, pliars, etc fits onto the extended "key" and does not come into contact with the locking-nut.
Ive heard there are issues if you have recessed lugs, but I don't see how that would be the case, is the key bigger around than say a 19mm socket??
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Those can be "spline" lugnuts and you shouldn't EVER use air impact guns to TIGHTEN then--

If you do--good luck, mine have been on for almost three years and I am always careful, because the "SPLINE KEY" socket is hardened/tempered steel-

I have all alloy wheels with recessed lugs !

Oh and I don't use "Gorilla" products, but there reputation is stellar !

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Nope.

Its all pretty easy.

The lug itself has a special, unusual shape....which keeps sh_t-bags from using a standard lug wrench.

The sleeve spins freely and extends up around the lug....keeping sh_t-bags from using wrench or pliars to break the stud by over-torqueing the lug.

The "key" is specific to the shape of the lug and fits inside the sleeve and has a standard hex head that sticks out. The set comes with an adhesive label which includes the serial number of your key. You need the number in order to replace the key.

Personally, I just use a tire-iron. It only takes an extra 90-seconds per wheel. Gives me more confidence that it is properly torqued. And doesnt piss-off my neighbors with the pit-row sound effects.

I'd post a pic but I aint smart enough to figure out how to do that.
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thanks guys, I have a small electric impact I use to pull the lugs off and tap snug them on before I hand tighten. I was just curious how tough the pattern is and if it will hold up.

I do believe I will be ordering a set
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--BINGO--I have an electric and I do exactly the same/w a torque wrench in the other hand !


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thanks guys, I have a small electric impact I use to pull the lugs off and tap snug them on before I hand tighten. I was just curious how tough the pattern is and if it will hold up.

I do believe I will be ordering a set
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The lug itself has the same construction material as the standard lug-nut. So I doubt it'll be an issue.

The "key" (adapter) is hardened-steele...the nut and the lug-stud itself will give before the adapter will.


If you are just using the Impact drive to spin them on and off cuz you dont wanna get your fingers dirty, but are using your arms to do the tightening...I cannot imagine a scenario were you can hurt anything.

Just keep in mind that whether you are socking-down on it with a tire-iron or an impact drive.....over torquing ANY nut ANYwhere is bad. And whatever you put ON while sitting comfortably in your driveway....you may have to take OFF while in a ditch somewhere.

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