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Sixpak
12-28-2011, 05:21 PM
If your using the cop wheels and want to use the center caps you will need to buy the special lug nuts, I've found that these are going for $5.00 to $8.00 each, you will need at least 3 per wheel, but 5 would be better so your spending quite a bit just on lug nuts.

The factory nuts with the tin caps are junk, so they may as well be modded into something that is useful.

This is easy enough to do, you could do it with a grinder but it's harder to keep the cut straight. I used a lathe and it was a lot easier.

DO NOT USE A LATHE OR GRINDER IF YOUR NOT SURE HOW TO, I'M NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGES TO YOUR PARTS, TOOLS OR BODY.

Get a couple wheel studs that have the 14 x 1.5 thread, I think the one's I bought were from a ford truck as the dealer wanted about $13.00 ea for the factory one's, I think I paid $3.00 ea for the one's I bought.

1. Cut the end of the wheel stud with the flange off so it will sit in the lathe properly.
2. Insert it into the lathe with about 1/2" to 3/4" thread sticking out.
3. Install lug nut onto thread and tighten slightly.
4. Cut around the widest part to remove the tin cap (do not cut too deep), then remove. It will probably be hot.
5. Cut the end of the lug nut down approx 3/16". Your not cutting into the threaded section, so the clamping force of the lug nut is not reduced.
6. Use a file and debur the end of it carefully.
7. Remove from lathe.
8. Repeat 11 - 19 more times.

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