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Old 06-20-2016, 01:35 PM   #1
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How are you checking/tightening your lug nuts?

Hey all!

I can't get an old style 4-way on to these lug nuts. There isn't enough clearance around the wheel.
What are you using?
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Old 06-20-2016, 03:07 PM   #2
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Torque wrench with extension and socket.
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Old 06-20-2016, 03:11 PM   #3
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I have similar wheels and use a thin-walled 19mm deep socket with a 1/2" drive torque wrench.
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Torque wrench with extension and socket.
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I switched to a 6 point socket from a 12 point after one of the chrome covers on the lug nuts slipped. A standard wall thickness socket works on my wheels.
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I haven't been checking mine...hmmmm...maybe time that I do
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Old 06-20-2016, 11:35 PM   #6
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+1

I switched to a 6 point socket from a 12 point after one of the chrome covers on the lug nuts slipped. A standard wall thickness socket works on my wheels.
Same here! Had to destroy cover so I could remove nut and then wheel.
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Plus one for the thin wall 17mm, Harbor Freight brand.

Harbor Freight type torque wrench as well.
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Same here! Had to destroy cover so I could remove nut and then wheel.

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?

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Plus one for the thin wall 17mm, Harbor Freight brand.

Harbor Freight type torque wrench as well.

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.
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How often do you guys check the lugs?? Mine says 100 ft lbs each time out...
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Although a little pricy, I have a set-up I love.

I bought a DeWalt cordless impact wrench. It has a rating around 300 ft./lbs.. I also ordered through Amazon a set of torque sticks. Every time I need to check the lugs, I pop the 100 ft./lb. stick on there and go around like a NASCAR pit stop. Quick, easy, and from what I can tell, about as accurate as most torque wrenches.

I try to check them at the start of each trip.
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