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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-02-2006, 06:43 PM Thread Starter
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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.
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Re: Removing \'keyed\' lug

They make "locking lug nut removal kits" and also i've heard of people pounding a socket on them and blasting them off with an impact. I wouldn't be too woried about messing up aluminum wheels welding steel near by it.
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Breake out the welder and weld a nut onto the lug nut... what's ya got to loose?
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Ah-ha....colowolf....lol
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Thanks ecamp55... they told me this would happen in the Witness Protection Training program at Quantico, my identity revealed. Yep I post anywhere and everywhere. Now that I have been outed I have to move my family again and paint my jeep.
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It was funny, I "just" finished reading the post on colorado4x4, switched windows and there it was......like deja vu all over again
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Re: Removing \'keyed\' lug

How about driving a socket on the lug nut or using a drill to drill the stud out?
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Re: Removing \'keyed\' lug

I bought one of those kits they sell to remove them, but they didn't fit over my lugs. I ended up hammering an impact socket over it and using an air gun to take them off. Where I was parked I couldn't get to with a compressor, so I filled up one of those portable tanks and ran the gun off that. It came off pretty easy after that.
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Re: Removing \'keyed\' lug

Thanks to all the suggestions. I found an old 12 point socket and used a BFH to pound it on, some help from a 3 foot cheater bar and all four broke free. Thanks much, now I can get down to some real work. Isn't that always the way it goes, one nut out of twenty takes 10 time the amount of work.

Anyways, I learned something else so it is worth it in the end.
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Re: Removing \'keyed\' lug

Now you know why it's nto worth putting them on. I lost the 'key' to the wife's wheels. Now I just have regular lug nuts.

Truth is, unless your running those god awful 20+ wheels, no one is going to want them anyway. In most cases they will just take the whole jeep.
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