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Old 10-04-2015, 12:28 PM   #1
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We do not have the lug nut covers for our Alcoa aluminum wheels on our 2014 AI (we are the second owner, we bought it that way). I don't know if they were stolen or damaged when the wheels were taken off by the prior owner, but all 24 are missing.

I have been having trouble locating lug nut covers for these wheels. Does anyone have any recommendations for where to purchase these lug nut covers at a reasonable price?

Alternatively, is there a way to replace the lug nuts with chrome or stainless lug nuts that would not rust and would be more theft resistant? Or would this be cost prohibitive? I just want the rusted lug nuts (and I'm not sure why they are already rusty, less than 2 years old) cosmetically covered.
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We do not have the lug nut covers for our Alcoa aluminum wheels on our 2014 AI (we are the second owner, we bought it that way). I don't know if they were stolen or damaged when the wheels were taken off by the prior owner, but all 24 are missing.

I have been having trouble locating lug nut covers for these wheels. Does anyone have any recommendations for where to purchase these lug nut covers at a reasonable price?

Alternatively, is there a way to replace the lug nuts with chrome or stainless lug nuts that would not rust and would be more theft resistant? Or would this be cost prohibitive? I just want the rusted lug nuts (and I'm not sure why they are already rusty, less than 2 years old) cosmetically covered.
Replacements are available very inexpensively from Amazon.
http://www.amazon.com/Excalibur-1954...rds=B00DTLVOXY

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Old 10-04-2015, 01:37 PM   #3
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Replacements are available very inexpensively from Amazon.
http://www.amazon.com/Excalibur-1954...rds=B00DTLVOXY

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Are you sure these would fit the 2014 AI? It's on a Mercedes Sprinter chassis, so I would assume the lugs would be measured in mm instead of inches?

Are these actual lug nuts with a thread? If yes, I don't see any thread in the pic at Amazon. Or do they go on top of the existing lug nuts?

Also, I don't have the tools to switch out the lugs, any idea how much it might cost to have the lugs replaced at a local tire shop?
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I'm not sure why they are already rusty, less than 2 years old
Probably because they're high-carbon steel for strength, and high-carbon steel tends to rust.

You'd do better to replace them with solid stainless or chrome-plated nuts instead of using covers. Covers are not airtight or watertight and so the lug nuts with covers will still rust; you just can't see the rust.

However, light surface rust doesn't affect their strength, only their appearance. As long as the threads don't rust and as long as there's no deep pitting anywhere on the nuts, they'll still hold your wheels on just fine.
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Old 10-04-2015, 02:17 PM   #5
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Are you sure these would fit the 2014 AI? It's on a Mercedes Sprinter chassis, so I would assume the lugs would be measured in mm instead of inches?

Are these actual lug nuts with a thread? If yes, I don't see any thread in the pic at Amazon. Or do they go on top of the existing lug nuts?

Also, I don't have the tools to switch out the lugs, any idea how much it might cost to have the lugs replaced at a local tire shop?
Sorry, I missed that this was a Sprinter-based Airstream. I don't know what sort of lugs these use, but the link was to nuts, which go over the studs coming out of the hub. I'd guess these are likely to be 14 mm x 1.5 mm, but you'll need to verify that. Chrome-plated nuts to fit your sprinter chassis are no doubt easily available.

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Sorry, I missed that this was a Sprinter-based Airstream. I don't know what sort of lugs these use, but the link was to nuts, which go over the studs coming out of the hub. I'd guess these are likely to be 14 mm x 1.5 mm, but you'll need to verify that. Chrome-plated nuts to fit your sprinter chassis are no doubt easily available.

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The lugs measure approximately 19mm across, but I don't know if that means these nuts would fit (at 3/4", pretty much the same as 19mm)?
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The lugs measure approximately 19mm across, but I don't know if that means these nuts would fit (at 3/4", pretty much the same as 19mm)?
The size of lug wrench that will fit the new nuts is the least important measurement of all. Much more important are thread diameter, thread pitch, and whether the seats are flat or 60 angled. You can always find a new lug wrench, if necessary, to fit whatever nuts you end up using, but only lug nuts with the right threads and seats will hold the wheel on.

Unfortunately I don't know off the top of my head what the right dimensions are.
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There was a thread here or on the Sprinter forum discussing the replacement of the OEM lug nuts w/ aftermarket chrome ones. Can't remember since I've never had mine off whether the Alcoa wheels are lug-centric or hub-centric which is what you'll need to know to determine if you need 60* ones flat ones.
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Go to this thread for details on getting the correct lug nut covers for your Alcoa wheels.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f240/lug-nut-covers-131013.html


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Old 10-05-2015, 11:20 AM   #11
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Related issue is the possibility of locking lugs. I've done prelim research for our T1N and I've located the OEM MB part, but they don't seem to have been offered by anyone (MB or aftermarket) in a lockable version analogous to what's on my daily driver. My husband doesn't think it's a concern because it would be too difficult for anyone to strip wheels off a 9,000-lb Interstate, but I had wheels stolen off my daily driver before the locking versions became available, and it's not a good situation, obviously.
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The post below is from an earlier thread. They've been on the AI for over a year now and still look new.

After searching for weeks for a suitable lug nut for the Sprinter I believe I've finally found them. I ordered an acorn style nut with a washer designed to fit it. The lug nuts are Gorilla brand heat treated and the washers are Gorilla brand as well. I found the at a company called Brandsport in Eugene Oregon. I dealt with Eric there who was very helpful in working with me to come up with a solution. The lug nut part # is GRLA-91148HT The washer part no. is GRLA-77916 Eric's email address is eric@brandsport.com No more dealing with those caps falling off. I found one the other day in my driveway that had been run over
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Here's a link to Alcoa replacements including the center cap. Rear kit is at bottom of linked page.

http://www.southwestwheel.com/store/...&SEName=021120
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Here's a link to Alcoa replacements including the center cap. Rear kit is at bottom of linked page.

http://www.southwestwheel.com/store/...&SEName=021120
Although it states on that page: "Lug nut covers will not work on Mercedes version." This would only work for the Dodge Sprinter van.
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