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Dakotatyler2
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May 14, 2016
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Fair warning to those who haven't used aluminum lug nuts before: Since aluminum is more malleable than steel, and its being exposed to new pressures and temperature changes (hot brakes), you need to make sure you properly torque them to spec in order to not over-tighten the lugs, AS WELL AS re-torquing them after 50 miles or so to get them settled correctly at the right torque spec. Most wheels should be between 80-85 ft/lbs, but you can do some research to find the right torque for you. A friend didn't know this and after about 60 or 70 miles of driving, 2 of the lugs had fallen off completely. I have the black open-end lugs and they're perfect. Give the lugs some love and they'll love you back, lol.
May 14, 2016
GorillaAuto
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Gorilla Auto
May 16, 2016
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Great bit of advice that is true for ANY new lug nuts, not just aluminum. We always recommend installing new lug nuts on to dry, clean threads, and torquing to factory torque spec. That can vary by vehicle, so be sure to know your vehicles spec. Lugs should be retorqued after 25-50 miles.
The most important bit of Aluminum specific lug advice I give is to make sure the threads stay clean to prevent galling, and to not use impact guns or improperly sized sockets as that can damage the lug and finish. Otherwise they act very much like a steel lug nut.
I love your "give the lugs some love" line, it's very true. Even the best products can fail if they aren't used properly or neglected!
May 16, 2016
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