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How can I fix this???

its sorta hard to explain but my Lug nuts are starting to go through my wheels and I was wondering how do I stop this from happening, I went to summit racings website and you can buy washers for the lugs but I'm not sure if they would fit in the holes. and I also found flanged lug nuts but they are $12 a piece that is extremely expensive, is they're anywhere else that sells these for way less? What should I do?

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wow hmm, wonder if you can just go to a hardware store and get some washers and try that.
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you know they are supposed to be tapered like that
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you know they are supposed to be tapered like that

x2...there are no washers on wheels, that taper is what centers your wheel. Make sure you are toruquing them right, but there seems to be nothing wrong there. DO NOT USE WASHERS!!!!
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yeah Clayton, those dont look like anything to worry about... i do tire rotations at work all the time and most rims are tapered like that. if you are still concerned and have some free time give me a call and i can meet up with you
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thats just a little rubbage from when you are torquing the lug nut down. when the lug nut spins, the wheel doesnt. hence, those marks. its not a big deal
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yeah Clayton, those dont look like anything to worry about... i do tire rotations at work all the time and most rims are tapered like that. if you are still concerned and have some free time give me a call and i can meet up with you
Thanks Isreal, I could really use your help with something else though in a month or so.

Ok so I don't need to worry about it thats a relief, I was thinking it was a bigger deal than it was. thanks guys.
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good deal just let me know man
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Thanks for the info..
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dont use washers, then you will be constantly tightening them
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No washers or lube.

Washers and lube changes the torque when tightening.

Use a wire brush to clean up the threads, if damaged use a thread chaser.

Clean up the Nut contact position on the wheels, smooth it out some but try not to change the angle of the taper.

TORQUE to SPEC ONLY

It is very important to torque the Lug nuts with no weight on the vehicle, well maybe enough to stop the wheel from spinning, not the whole weight of the vehicle.

IMHO, it appears that these wheels have been torqued too tight; remember ALUMINUM is softer than steel and the wheel will take all of the damage.

Check with the Manufacturer of the wheels and see what they suggest for torque.
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No washers or lube.

Washers and lube changes the torque when tightening.

Use a wire brush to clean up the threads, if damaged use a thread chaser.

Clean up the Nut contact position on the wheels, smooth it out some but try not to change the angle of the taper.

TORQUE to SPEC ONLY


It is very important to torque the Lug nuts with no weight on the vehicle, well maybe enough to stop the wheel from spinning, not the whole weight of the vehicle.

IMHO, it appears that these wheels have been torqued too tight; remember ALUMINUM is softer than steel and the wheel will take all of the damage.

Check with the Manufacturer of the wheels and see what they suggest for torque.
thanks for the tips. I know I've overtorqued them a couple times, but that was before I got my Torque Wrench. I torque them to about 80 foot pounds now is that to much?
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Make sure to tighten the lugnuts in a star pattern. You will feel things move as you tighten them up and they center on the hole. Sometimes it helps to spin the wheel as you tighten them. Get them as tight as you can this way, and then lower the truck just enough to torque them to spec. I have always torqued to whatever spec the manual says, I think (don't quote me I don't have a ranger anymore) it is 95 ft-lbs?
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thanks for the tips. I know I've overtorqued them a couple times, but that was before I got my Torque Wrench. I torque them to about 80 foot pounds now is that to much?
I would say 100 ft lb on a 1/2" stud, fine thread, but to be on the safe side, check with a local shop or on the web and let us all know. (Wheel Stud Torque settings would be a good sticky).
If you are torquing to the lite-side that can can cause warping, so find out for sure.
Also, make sure the wheel mounting surface is clean and flat, no lock rings or metal nuts.
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