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 Posted: 02-12-2021 07:54 pm
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BrandonDN
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Hey all. I was wondering if it was necessary to use a special aluminum socket on the lug nuts, or if using the standard steel one would work just fine.

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 Posted: 02-13-2021 01:52 am
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No, it's NOT necessary to use an aluminum socket. I have a few nylon inserted sockets that are "safer" for lug nuts that are still in excellent shape, but for most of the cars I work on, the nuts are already badly "beaten" as well as over-torqued, so a regular steel impact socket is used.
If they are in "great" shape, then get the nylon inserted ones(19mm, such as used on Porsches, are basically equivalent to the3/4" nuts on our cars, and therefore, there will be more choices available)

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 Posted: 02-13-2021 02:32 am
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Much appreciated. Thank you! I ended up using the steel sockets for today but I will check that out because I still have a mostly good set

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 Posted: 02-14-2021 03:54 am
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Careful on the torque going back on. It lists at around 50ftlbs I think but these fine thread lug bolts and the aluminum standard lugs and it rarely seems to work for me with much wider wheels. I always have a little anti-seize on there. So wet, it's basically around 41 lbs.

These things strip out so easily it's not funny.

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 Posted: 02-14-2021 04:10 pm
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I'm still wondering who thought aluminum lug nuts was a good idea.

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