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Old 01-28-2010, 06:59 PM   #11
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Run of the mill security lugs are common place now. More cases of people losing the key, than there of people stealing wheels.

You can even buy them by the set too. Different socket for most patterns.
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Wouldn't the point of having locking lug nuts be so someone can't go buy the key from anywhere and take the rims off?

I was told by a friend of mine that if you lose the key the rims have to be either chopped off or somehow get the stud out from the back
Your friend told you wrong. Lug nuts are a very soft alloy, hence why these "keyed" lug removal tools work. They dig into the lug nut so you can take it off.

Another way you can get the "keyed" lug off is with a hammer and chisel. I had to do that once. Just take your time, and put a notch in the lug. Then hit it until it'* loose and you can unscrew it.
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Oh so the removal tools you can buy get the lug off but destroy it if you happen to lose the actual key?
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My dad got a flat once and forgot the key at home. We were nearly 200 miles from home. Some guy that lived near by just happen to have a welder on a trailer, he came over and welded a big bolt on the nut. Then we just took the nut off.
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Oh so the removal tools you can buy get the lug off but destroy it if you happen to lose the actual key?
Some do, some don't. Some are actual replacement keys.
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Most any tire shop has a "locking lug nut removal" kit. I've seen them in autoparts stores as well.
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I've heard the hammer/chisel method and was pondering welding a nut to the end of it to bust it loose.. I'm guessing it'd have to be a good sharp chisel. In comment to DANTHURS post - this is the future problem I'm hoping to get away from.
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I've heard the hammer/chisel method and was pondering welding a nut to the end of it to bust it loose.. I'm guessing it'd have to be a good sharp chisel. In comment to DANTHURS post - this is the future problem I'm hoping to get away from.
Nah, doesn't have to be that sharp really. That'* how soft the lugs are. It just has to have some kind of wedge tip.
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Maybe I'll try that first before busting out the welder. Seems how it'* a soft lug will it weld a little funny?
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They are probably aluminum lugs, mine were on my Camaro. If you know how to weld aluminum, you would be alright.
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