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post #1 of 9 Old 12-27-2001, 04:57 PM Thread Starter
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I took off my 32's for the winter because I didn't want my brand new wheels to dull from the snow and salt. I put on a set of 31's but lost my wheel lock to the locking lug nuts. What do i do? Am I SOL or can i do something. I tried fitting a socket on to the lug nut but I can't find one that will fit just right. Any advice is helpful, thanks.

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post #2 of 9 Old 12-27-2001, 05:30 PM
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Some auto parts store carry the replacements.But if they dont carry one for your year model than the dealer will be more than happy to order you one.If you have after market wheels than go to the dealer were you bought them or contact the company directly.

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post #3 of 9 Old 12-27-2001, 05:44 PM
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If I read this correctly you have your wheels installed now and need to find a way to get this lock off? If this is the case, I know of a few guys that used to be in the business of "borrowing" wheels and tires if you know what I mean. They weren't friends of mine by any means, but they did pass on a few tricks. You should be able to take a 4-way lug wrench, find the size that barely fits over the lock and pry upwards real hard real fast. This should wedge the lug wrench onto the lock and then you can just spin the lock off. I've never tried it myself, so I don't know if it'll work, but you can give it a try.

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post #4 of 9 Old 12-28-2001, 06:47 AM
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Yep some of my,well" OLD FRIENDS" used to if the lugs stick out far enough used channel locks and vice grips to take the locks off.You sometimes can do this because of the lock you really could not fully tighten it like the other lugs.I in no way shape or form
did this.But have legally!!

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post #5 of 9 Old 12-28-2001, 09:33 AM
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I used to work at a full-service service station and when customers came in without the key locks, we sometimes just broke the stud off if nothing else worked (like the vise grips).


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post #6 of 9 Old 12-28-2001, 09:38 AM
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my recipe : 4 cheap 13/16 taiwanese sockets
add hammer .Drive sockets on to to locks splitting them most likely . Add breaker bar and take right off. This will do no damage to your rims or studs but you will destroy 4 cheapie sockets .You may be able to reuse the sockets sometimes they conform to the size of the lock .A 23 mm is a good subsitute also .Good luck, and happy jeepin

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post #7 of 9 Old 12-28-2001, 01:50 PM
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Harbor Freight has a wheel lock removal kit for around $17. Worth looking at if you don't want to risk damage.....

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post #8 of 9 Old 12-28-2001, 05:15 PM
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Just head down to your local tire store. They will have a tool to do it, and will probably spin them off cheap or even free.
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post #9 of 9 Old 12-28-2001, 07:03 PM
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I've come across this situation many times and have welded a nut to the wheel lug - works every time!


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