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Old 04-08-2015, 09:03 PM   #1
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Stainless Steel Lug Nuts?

Has anyone found a source for replacement stainless steel lug nuts? I've gone through 2 sets (in about 6 years) of 'lifetime' chrome plated sets that keep rusting, & I live in Central Texas.

I cannot seem to locate any that have the 'bulge' before the taper. There are plenty with the taper but no bulge, if that is important. ??

After a bad experience with the A/S OEM 2 piece lug nuts, I'm not going there again.
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Old 04-08-2015, 09:13 PM   #2
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Thanks for asking this question. I have the same issue with the lug nuts on the replacement wheels we bought a few years back. Wheels look great, lug nuts bad.

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There is a post or two on the Forums about McGuard lug nuts. I have purchased a set, but have just not gotten around to putting them on. Appear to be very high quality. They have a website, or are on Amazon.


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Old 04-08-2015, 10:26 PM   #4
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That might be spelled "McGard". Not sure.


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They probably cant be found because they are likely not made.

Stainless threads have a way of galling and seizing up. They would be bad news as lug nuts.


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I used McGard #64010 found on Amazon when I switched to 16" wheels.
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They probably cant be found because they are likely not made.

Stainless threads have a way of galling and seizing up. They would be bad news as lug nuts.
Interestingly, the McGard lug nuts referenced above are not stainless steel. Their claim to fame, among other things, is their triple nickel/chrome plate. Lug Nuts/Lug Bolts

I can readily believe this; there's chrome plate and then there's chrome plate. If you've ever looked at an OEM chrome bumper next to one replated by a real chrome plating shop you know what I mean.
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For sure.. All chrome is not created equal,,,, not even close to equal.


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I got mine from Discount Tire in 2013 they have held very well they said they were SS .
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Easy enough to test for stainless. Put a magnet to them. Also remember that stainless does rust, it just takes it longer.
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A little steel wool brillow pad scrubbing and then a coat of wax will fix most rust problems. Unless something is Chrome plated really well it will chip and come off and as soon as there is a pinhole, it will rust. Impact drivers used to remove lug nuts will chip chrome because it is brittle.

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Deforming the metal on top or beneath the surface will increase "rust" and peeling. I saw this a lot on "bad chrome" on motorcycles. It is really difficult to build things which cannot be "over tightened". A stainless "cover" crimped over the lug will be the closest compromise IMHO.

To me, I would like to see a removable cover like on my truck wheel lug nuts. That should be "doable..."
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Old 04-09-2015, 07:57 AM   #13
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I put these on my boat trailer than gets dunked in salt water:
http://www.amazon.com/10-pack-SOLID-...steel+lug+nuts
No rust yet.
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Stainless is a "softer" metal, and is not designed to withstand the loads encountered as a wheel fastener. I have stainless roller rockers in one of my engines, but the loading is less and different than a wheel.
You WANT hardened steel. There is a reason you don't see stainless or aluminum lug nuts.
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