Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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Removing \'keyed\' lug
So I bought some axles from somebody and they came with wheels still attached. After I start taking everything apart I notice that the aluminum wheels (5x5.5 CJ7 style) have a locking key on one lug on each wheel. Now of course I don't have the key to this lug, nor does the former owner, and the entire assembly (wheels, axle, springs, shocks) is not exactly easy to take to a tire shop. Now I have tried to grind the top of one of the lugs into a square pattern and get a wrench on it but that simply resulted in the top of the lug being twisted off revealing the hollow insides. Now it is a real problem. The lugs are the metal kind with a chrome finish, not the type that have a cheap metal cover over a regular nut. Thought about welding something onto it but not sure if this would work or if I risk damaging the wheel surface nearby.
Further complicating the matter is the fact that the wheels have about a 3/8 seat into which the lug sits. Thus I cannot simply grind the lug away as some of it will be below the wheel itself. I do not want to damage the wheel either as they look pretty good.
Anyone have any ideas on what to do next, other that load it on a trailer and take to a shop, which would not be easy as I don't have a trailer or truck?
Thanks for you suggestions.