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View Poll Results: Do I need lug nut caps?
Heck Yeah! 3 15.79%
It's up to you. 2 10.53%
They're not necessary, but would make it look better. 8 42.11%
For winter tires... Heck NO! 6 31.58%
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Old 11-08-2004, 11:03 PM   #11
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Well, no Pep Boys close to me (atleast that I know of) so I'll check out Autozone and Advanced to see what they have. If I could find some black acorn style lug nuts for around $40, I'd do it.

Would these lugs work? They don't have the bulge at the bottom, but they are 12mmx1.5 thread.
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I'd say don't bother, for winter wheels only. Those rims look nice enough as-is!
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They're gonna get cold!
I wouldnt worry too much about not having any caps on those lugs, I think the covers are more for a cosmetic touch than any protective measure.
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They don't look too bad as is, however, you could shop Ebay to see if you could find some cheap.
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those rims are good enough by themselves imo, but if you have the money, and want caps, then get'em!
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Winter rims?
Those are my year round rims.
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Well, I think I'm going to leave them as is for this winter. I still haven't had the time to stop by Autozone or Advanced to have a look at what they've got.
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Winter rims?
Those are my year round rims.
These are my summer rims and I would like to keep them looking as good as they do in this pic!

And with the way that NY likes to throw salt at snow, I'd rather have the chromes off for the winter and have a set of straight alloys that I can sandblast and repaint if they ever start to corrode.
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And with the way that NY likes to throw salt at snow, I'd rather have the chromes off for the winter and have a set of straight alloys that I can sandblast and repaint if they ever start to corrode.
IL is the same way with salted winter roads. But that brings up another question... aren't new-style "chrome" rims actually polished aluminum that won't rust anyway? Why the need to remove them in the winter, when they can always be re-polished if needed? My Bonny torque stars (on my Aurora) are 6 years old and I'm sure they have seen 6 winters of driving... yet they look brand new when I have them polished up.
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I bought 4 new threaded lugs for my car to get rid of the locking lugs.

They were cheaper then the non threaded ones. LIke 1.50 each. Go buy 20 of those at any auto parts store, and 20 caps (Bumper to Bumper had the lugs and asked if i needed caps).

Chrome lugs on your wheels might look a little off, with them being painted. I considered it, but didn't for this reason.
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If they are chromed alloys, they are still alloys. Salt won't Ďrustí aluminum, but aluminum is very susceptible to corrosion. My chrome rims already have areas on the inside of the rim that have started to corrode. This is generally where the chrome was thin and a rock or some other form of road debris chipped or cracked the chrome coating.

I donít know if the rims that you have are polished aluminum or chromed. So long as you keep them clean, you shouldnít have any problem with corrosion. If chrome rims are allowed to corrode, the chrome will start to flake off and make the rims look like crap! If you have polished aluminum rims, you donít have that problem and can simply re-polish the surface to make it like new.

This is a rather cheap alternative to running my chrome rims year round and having to replace them sometime down the line. I only paid $300 for the extra set of rims. Plus, being in Western NY, the winters can get pretty rough. Snow tires have kept me out of a lot of nasty situations in the past.

BonneMeMN, I still need to see whatí* available at the local auto parts stores in town. If possible, Iíll just get acorn style lugs that are painted black, but I donít know if this is a possibility from local suppliers. If not then I donít think Iím going to worry about it. Is Bumper2Bumper an internet site or something local to you?
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