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#1 Jibs

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Posted 03 December 2004 - 06:14 PM

I went to the local junkyard today and discovered something awesome! A set of these!

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Only problem is that on each tire, there is a locking lug nut. What can I do to get them off? I heard from a friend that you can use a socket that is **just** bigger than the lock and just twist it off, thus destroying the socket. Would this work? Any other ideas? I REALLY want these rims but can't come up with anything. Thanks.

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Posted 03 December 2004 - 06:19 PM

First off check the glove box and any other hiddy holes you can find for the real tool. Then check and see if you can get it from The Pug dealer. That would be an awesome score, I love the way those look!!! Later, Tim

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Posted 03 December 2004 - 06:21 PM

Can you undo the axle nut and remove the drum/disk with the wheel?

Drill the stud out? Kinda hard at a JY

Torch the axle, bring the whole mess home and beat on it. :banghead:

Weld something to the locking nut?:brow:

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Posted 03 December 2004 - 06:29 PM

If you're going to destroy the socket, make sure it's a Craftsman so you can replace it. :rolleyes:

I heard from a friend that you can use a socket that is **just** bigger than the lock and just twist it off, thus destroying the socket.



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Posted 03 December 2004 - 06:31 PM

go to Sears and get a Craftsman 15/16 12-point socket... pound it onto the locking nut with a hard rubber mallet and crank off with a breaker bar or large socket wrench...

use a punch, or large screwdriver, to pound the locking nut out of the socket... a (padded) vice works best for holding while you pound, but try vice-grips and a sturdy surface...

I use Craftsman because they're open on weekends and with lifetime garantee you can take the tools back in case you crack them while engineering solutions... (:



Only problem is that on each tire, there is a locking lug nut. What can I do to get them off?



#6 Jibs

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Posted 03 December 2004 - 07:35 PM

Ok Thanks. I didn't search the car cause I was pressed for time, and I can go back later cause I know the rims aren't going anywhere.:grin: I don't think I can take welders or power tools in there so that's out. I was thinkin of takin the whole axle setup, but I know they'll charge me way more than its worth so I'll try the craftsman idea and see how it works. Thanks again.

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Posted 03 December 2004 - 07:46 PM

if you do the craftsman trick right, you wont damege the socket. you will need an impact socket and you only need to get it about 1/4" onto the lugnut. any farther on and it will just crack down the side and do you no good.

good luck, those are sweet rims.

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Posted 03 December 2004 - 11:29 PM

Can you undo the axle nut and remove the drum/disk with the wheel?

Drill the stud out? Kinda hard at a JY

Torch the axle, bring the whole mess home and beat on it. :banghead:

Weld something to the locking nut?:brow:

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Yeah, I wouldn't get too fixated about making a perfect score at the yard....

You might be able to loosen the locks by using clamps or vise grips {and some creativity), but you can't waste too much of your time that way.

Taking off as much as needed, then breaking it down at home is definitely the way to go. There are lots of quick and dirty ways get your rims off once you get the whole mess on your workbench.

good luck, John

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Posted 04 December 2004 - 01:19 AM

I did this to a friend's Pontiac once. He lost the little socket tool. I used a glod of JB Weld. Pushed it into the grooves on the head of the locking nut, then built it up around a pair of 19mm sockets that I had threaded against each other on a piece of allthread. Let the JB weld set up and put a lug wrench on it. Off she goes.

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Posted 04 December 2004 - 01:30 AM

You could always go to Sears and get a set of these.

#11 Jibs

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Posted 04 December 2004 - 01:35 AM

Another Question - will the craftsman trick work on all 4 rims? Or will I need to btake the socket back after each time? Thanks.

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Posted 04 December 2004 - 07:53 AM

Another Question - will the craftsman trick work on all 4 rims? Or will I need to btake the socket back after each time? Thanks.


As long as the socket doesn't split, you should be able to use it again. To get the jammed nut out of the socket, use a slightly larger socket as a base to hammer the nut out into.

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Posted 06 December 2004 - 10:13 PM

you may need this set : http://cgi.ebay.com/...&category=43993

any luck?

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Posted 07 December 2004 - 12:30 AM

First off check the glove box and any other hiddy holes you can find for the real tool. Then check and see if you can get it from The Pug dealer. That would be an awesome score, I love the way those look!!! Later, Tim


You're the greatest!! I checked the console - NOTHING. Floor, under seats, ashtray - NOTHING Lower glove box - NOTHING I was just getting ready to quit and try the socket trick, when I noticed a loose part above the main glove box. I pulled it open and BINGO!! There's the key!!! Thanks everyone for all the help though!!




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