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Old 06-21-2016, 02:40 PM   #31
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Originally Posted by Tanddhall View Post
You will have to get a 1/ 2 inch drive size deep well socket and carry a pull bar/ratchet with a 6 inch extension to work those lug nuts. I put some American Racing wheels on our van and had to do just hat as very little clearance for a lug nut wrench, as you have found out.
You can always put the socket in a lathe and use a bastard file to reduce the dia. a few thousandths without jeopardizing the strength of the socket.

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Old 06-21-2016, 02:57 PM   #32
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I use a telescoping lug wrench I bought from Amazon a few years back. Gorilla brand maybe? Fits the tight space on my wheels with no issues. I just torque them down by hand with no torque wrench. I check them once a year or if I ever have to take a wheel off.

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Old 06-21-2016, 03:05 PM   #33
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How many of you guys check the tow vehicles lugs?

After initial torque of removed wheel and 100 miles if they are not loose your fine. Never had a nut come loose.

Easy way to help prevent this is to do the torque in steps after the wheel/ rim is installed

If wheel is to be torqued to 100 lbs ft. Start off at 25 to all lugs, then 50 to all lugs, then 100. It's a step process and helps insure the wheel is properly torque.

This works with all fasteners like this. Example would be a cylinder head to block
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Old 06-21-2016, 03:07 PM   #34
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Why do we have 12 point sockets anyway when all the nuts (lug and otherwise) I've seen are 6 sided?

As I understand one reason is for positioning in tight spaces. Ever try to get a 6 point socket on a nut if you only have 3-4 inches of space to ratchet in? Sometimes you can, sometimes you need a 12 point. Best to have a set of both 6 and 12 point sockets. I use 6 point for high torque situations which is what I should have done with camper lug nuts and I wouldn't have had the problem I did. I got lazy and used the 12 point because it was handy and paid the price!

6 point sockets apply force evenly to the 6 sides of the nut. 12 point sockets apply force to the tips of the hex. 6 point sockets are less likely to damage the nut/bolt. In some industrial applications there are 12 point heads on Grade 8 bolts.
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Old 06-21-2016, 03:42 PM   #35
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I've got an impact wrench that I use to take tires on and off with at home, using thin wall deep well sockets.

I also have a set of torque extensions. These are extensions that are manufactured to bleed off torque from an impact gun at a set level.

So if you want the camper lugs at 100 ft#s, choose that extension. First, loosen the lugs a little with the impact wrench. Then insert the extension and tighten in a cross-lug pattern.

Super easy, no fuss and no muss. Works equally well with pneumatic, electric or battery operated impact wrenches, but not manually.

Besides, there's that satisfying BRRRRRR every time you pull the trigger on an impact gun!
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Old 06-21-2016, 05:40 PM   #36
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Originally Posted by Pooneil View Post

Why do we have 12 point sockets anyway when all the nuts (lug and otherwise) I've seen are 6 sided?
If eve you had worked in very close quarters with an open ended wrench or socket you would know the answer to that question.
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Old 06-21-2016, 07:48 PM   #37
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Do you (OP) do the same on your TV?/family car? Daily driver? When you take your car in for service is checking/tightening lug nuts on their to do list? You'll ruin your camping fun worrying about stuff like this.
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Old 06-22-2016, 09:25 AM   #38
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With your 5 lug nuts, you should torque every 2nd nut until all are torqued. I check ours every morning before leaving & at every full stop I check the bearings for heat, making sure that they are close to each other. I also check the tires for wear & a general walk around checking high as well as low.

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Old 06-22-2016, 09:59 AM   #39
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The cover on my lug nut slipped while I was changing the tire at a gas station due to a defect in the tire. I used a hammer to drive the socket on the nut so I could remove it. Then I destroyed a screwdriver using it to punch the nut out of the socket.

Why do we have 12 point sockets anyway when all the nuts (lug and otherwise) I've seen are 6 sided?

The Harbor Freight torque wrench is certainly not a professional tool, but it works very well for this purpose at a price that lets me keep it in my camper at all times. I don't even want to think about what a Snap On wrench would cost. It's the right tool for the job.
12 point was designed so you don't have to move socket so far to get a new grip if you use it with a breaker bar or something else that doesn't ratchet. 6 point always gets a better grip, (less chance of slipping). Having said that--some lugs are 13/16, some are metric, 18mm, 19mm, find the 6 point with the best fit. BTW I hate lugs with chrome covers! New 2016 ford truck has them. Need 24 new solid nuts for the alum. wheels.

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Tekton (sp?) torque wrench from the amazon. Thin wall 19mm (and a spare 3/4) socket. Checked upon receipt of the wrench (I went 62 years without needing one), there were three "loose" lug nuts on my tt. I torque to 110 lbs. Checked after 500 miles, one need a tweak. Check tires and hub temps (by hand) at each fuel stop.
Also checked lugs after tire fixed due to nail in center tread. grrrr

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