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Old 11-07-2003, 07:45 PM   #1
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Keeping Tires & Rims?

I have a question about keeping my tires & Alcoa rims on my AS. I think this has been answered on the our form before, but I'll ask again. The other day I noticed some rather shady looking individuals admiring my AS rims. There is no locking lug nut on any of the four rims. Where do you find locking lug nuts which are comparable looking for AS rims. Also should there be different key for each lug nut or will one key for all nuts be sufficient.
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Old 11-07-2003, 10:37 PM   #2
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Locking lug nuts are available in many sizes.
Usually they come in sets of 4, with one key fitting all 4 locks.
The different styles are either a lug nut with no hex, but an oval shaped groove with a corresponding "key" for your lug wrench, or the kind with a locking sleeve over the hex.
I prefer the sleeve type.
Truck accessory places should be able to help you. Take one of the lug nuts with you when you go shopping. To get close, start looking at 3/4 ton stuff. The stud size and hole pattern is reminiscent of 3/4 ton trucks of the 80's.
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Save the Wheels!!

Hi Tinsel Loaf,

Something I learned in the mid-'60s (ouch!) is that to properly lock your wheels you should conside two locks per wheel. What this does, especially with the locks as opposite each other as possible, is reduce the possibility of a thief, upon discovering the locked wheel (one lock), take the other studs off and pull on the wheel to break the center section (sort of an, 'if I can't have it, you can't either!' mentality). With only one lug holding an aluminum wheel there is enough leverage opposite the locked stud to break the wheel. Using two per wheel reduces this probability.

Just a thought.

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Thanks for the info. I'll get some lock nuts Monday. Good idea dinoburb, never thought about a crooks attitude when getting ripped off.
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Old 11-08-2003, 05:23 PM   #5
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Just be sure not to forget the key-socket when you leave for a long trip. I knew a friend who did this and he was not a happy camper. OK OK I admit it! It was me! Geez!

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