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post #1 of 18 Old 10-20-2019, 10:44 PM Thread Starter
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Mutha Effing Stuck Lug nut

My parts Jeep ('99 limited V8) had a brand new set of tires on it. So I figured what the hell, use them right?

Well each wheel had a smaller diameter lug nut, I guess they swapped out locking lugs.

Well I tried the sockets that have reverse teeth/threads. I just kept switching sizes until it's down to nothing. Now I've started drilling holes into the lug and it still wont let go.
I'm about to sawzall the wheel off.

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post #2 of 18 Old 10-21-2019, 05:59 AM
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I think Id continue on with drilling out the stud. It can be easily replaced if necessary.
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post #3 of 18 Old 10-21-2019, 06:07 AM
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That looks gruesome. Unless you want to keep drilling I'm not sure what else you could do. You tried the scalpel. It looks like it's time for the machete. A cutting torch would make quick and nasty work of it for sure.

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Use a dremel I had too once.
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post #5 of 18 Old 10-21-2019, 07:57 AM
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I recently drilled out a seized Mopar locking nut. I had to drill to what seemed like an utterly insane depth before the stud gave up the wheel.
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Drill, hammer, chisel, punch, patience. Not necessarily in that order. Easy to replace once it’s out. Good luck.
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post #7 of 18 Old 10-21-2019, 10:26 AM
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"Drill, hammer, chisel, punch, patience. Not necessarily in that order. Easy to replace once it’s out. Good luck."

I agree. The 22mm factory lug nuts have a cheap aluminum outer sleeve. Once it strips, I have to use a small chisel to "peel" away the outer sleeve just use a 21mm socket to get the lug off. I have since then replaced all my lug nuts with solid one-piece nut from Wagner.

Below: This is what was left of my factory lugs after I chiseled the crap out of it.
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"Drill, hammer, chisel, punch, patience. Not necessarily in that order. Easy to replace once it’s out. Good luck."

I agree. The 22mm factory lug nuts have a cheap aluminum outer sleeve. Once it strips, I have to use a small chisel to "peel" away the outer sleeve just use a 21mm socket to get the lug off. I have since then replaced all my lug nuts with solid one-piece nut from Wagner.

Below: This is what was left of my factory lugs after I chiseled the crap out of it.
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post #9 of 18 Old 10-22-2019, 12:46 PM
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I had the same issue on my son's JK. Drill the center of the lug with a bit about the size of the lug stud, 1/2". Once you get down far enough the lug nut will pop off. Just be sure to start with a smaller bit and work your way up to the 1/2". I tried other methods as well, but this was the easiest when it came down to it. Then if you are wanting to remount a wheel on it, hammer out the old stud and press in a new one. It appeared daunting to me and I tried a Dremel at first and tried the lug nut removal tools. Just drill it. Save the time for worrying about something else.
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+1 on getting single piece lug nuts. The capped factory stuff is garbage.
Just be aware with new lugs, that you'll render the 22mm factory lug wrench useless and will need an alternative 21mm wrench.

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+1 on getting single piece lug nuts. The capped factory stuff is garbage.
Just be aware with new lugs, that you'll render the 22mm factory lug wrench useless and will need an alternative 21mm wrench.
You mean...19mm??? What WJ ever came with 22mm lug nuts???

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That's right. 19mm for the WJ and 22mm for Chevy trucks.

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post #13 of 18 Old 10-23-2019, 03:02 PM
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Crap...right 19. Thanks for keeping me honest.

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When I bought my WJ, there was a mix match of lug nuts with and without caps on each wheel. Worked out that there are 10 with caps and 10 without caps so first thing I did was to put all the capped ones on the front axle and all the uncapped ones on the rear axle. I carry a set of metric deep sockets so I can get the lug nuts of whether they are 18 or 19 mm. Eventually I will get around to replacing them all.

Also an important thing to consider with capped lug nuts is that the cap doesn't bottom out on the end of the lug. This can happen if the lug is longer than stock (like with some wheel spacers). Open lug nuts can't bottom out on the end of the lug.

I always add a small tool kit to every vehicle I own and a breaker bar and a set of lug nut sockets are always standard. Usually the factory lug wrenches are short and difficult for some to use. Additionally, never know when you have to help someone out and they don't have their factory lug wrench.
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post #15 of 18 Old 10-23-2019, 05:22 PM
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Anybody that drives a 15+ year old Jeep and doesn't keep some kind of tool kit in the vehicle is well That ain't the way to roll.

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