Wheel Nuts Upgrade?

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Wheel Nuts Upgrade?

Post by Lancsbob » Sun 28 Aug, 2016 16:04

Looking at my Sports Wheels & thought the wheel nuts look pretty awful
& wonder if anyone out there knows of an improvement. Looked on Ebay
& found some bright looking ones but are there any better ones?

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Re: Wheel Nuts Upgrade?

Post by Fender2004 » Sun 28 Aug, 2016 16:33

You can buy chrome looking wheel nut covers but they are made from plastic.
I've had mine several years now and they have never come off, and makes the wheel nut look nice.
Have a look on eBay that's where I got mine.
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Re: Wheel Nuts Upgrade?

Post by Lancsbob » Sun 28 Aug, 2016 16:40

Fender2004 wrote:You can buy chrome looking wheel nut covers but they are made from plastic.
I've had mine several years now and they have never come off, and makes the wheel nut look nice.
Have a look on eBay that's where I got mine.
Arn't they a pain to remove when you need to take the wheel off?

Bob

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Re: Wheel Nuts Upgrade?

Post by colb » Sun 28 Aug, 2016 16:45

Agree, plastic chrome nut covers from ebay, had mine on for over 3 years, never lost any and looks ok.
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Re: Wheel Nuts Upgrade?

Post by Fender2004 » Sun 28 Aug, 2016 17:45

Lancsbob wrote:
Fender2004 wrote:You can buy chrome looking wheel nut covers but they are made from plastic.
I've had mine several years now and they have never come off, and makes the wheel nut look nice.
Have a look on eBay that's where I got mine.
Arn't they a pain to remove when you need to take the wheel off?

Bob
The set that I bought came with a device to remove them, so they are not a problem to remove.
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Re: Wheel Nuts Upgrade?

Post by Lancsbob » Sun 28 Aug, 2016 18:02

colb wrote:Agree, plastic chrome nut covers from ebay, had mine on for over 3 years, never lost any and looks ok.
Are they a standard size, fits all?

Bob

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Re: Wheel Nuts Upgrade?

Post by Fender2004 » Sun 28 Aug, 2016 18:07

You can buy them in different sizes, so make sure you buy the correct size
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Re: Wheel Nuts Upgrade?

Post by Warrior » Mon 29 Aug, 2016 01:01

Think I got mine from Ebay. Plenty bright enough...

Funny thing was, unbeknowns to me the actual distribution store was 3 minutes away on the next industrial estate. We even share the same landlord :D

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Re: Wheel Nuts Upgrade?

Post by Brian H » Tue 30 Aug, 2016 08:05

Don't buy cheap, make sure they are the same tensile strength as the OEM ones. When buying new the tapered part of the wheel bolt needs to be 60 degrees IIRC.

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Re: Wheel Nuts Upgrade?

Post by Tufarlian » Wed 31 Aug, 2016 07:40

Fender2004 wrote:You can buy chrome looking wheel nut covers but they are made from plastic.
Do the plastic covers fit the locking wheel nuts as well?

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Re: Wheel Nuts Upgrade?

Post by Fender2004 » Wed 31 Aug, 2016 16:37

Yes, but when fitted they stick out more than the other ones. It's only a case of cutting a few cm of the length of the cover so that the are the same length as the others.
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Re: Wheel Nuts Upgrade?

Post by Gazza » Wed 31 Aug, 2016 22:37

I bought some of the plastic covers recently for my E90, they were very loose and I didn't fit them as they would have come off almost instantly.

This type didn't fit the OEM locking bolt as it doesn't have a hex head.

A standard set of bolts on ebay are about £18 per set
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Re: Wheel Nuts Upgrade?

Post by Fender2004 » Thu 01 Sep, 2016 09:48

[quote="Gazza"]I bought some of the plastic covers recently for my E90, they were very loose and I didn't fit them as they would have come off almost instantly.

This type didn't fit the OEM locking bolt as it doesn't have a hex head.



You can buy the covers in different sizes for different size wheel nuts. My locking wheel nut has a plastic cover on them giving it the appearance of a normal bolt to keep the wheel on, because of this the chrome cover sticks out further than the the others so I had the cut about 5mm off the chrome cover to make the look all the same.
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Re: Wheel Nuts Upgrade?

Post by Gazza » Thu 01 Sep, 2016 16:23

Fender2004 wrote:


You can buy the covers in different sizes for different size wheel nuts.
I bought 17mm same size as the wheel bolt
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Re: Wheel Nuts Upgrade?

Post by Koolflyer » Thu 01 Sep, 2016 17:52

Demon Tweets supplied me a set of McGard chrome locking bolts plus a set of new shiny bolts which virtually match.
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