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Old 01-19-2014, 07:49 AM   #1
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Sockets for impact wrench to remove black lug nuts

I am going to buy the Milwaukee impact wrench (review here) to work on the car. But I fear tearing up my lugs and taking off the black paint. Doe they make protective sockets or anything that will help protect the lugs and the wheels from using an impact wrench on the ZL1?
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Old 01-19-2014, 08:51 AM   #2
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like this: http://www.amazon.com/Astro-Pneumati...productDetails
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Old 01-19-2014, 09:31 AM   #3
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I guess. I have never owned anything like those sockets. Do they work? Are they the best for the price?
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Old 01-19-2014, 10:18 AM   #4
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http://www.harborfreight.com/7-piece...ets-69781.html
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Well, cool question, good answers.

But while we're at it, which black lug nuts do you have and where did you get them.
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Old 01-19-2014, 10:51 AM   #6
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Just remember you GET what you PAY for when buying tools!!!
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Mine 2013 1LE 1SS
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Old 01-19-2014, 11:11 AM   #7
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+1 you can always pass on the good ones to ur kids.
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Well, cool question, good answers.

But while we're at it, which black lug nuts do you have and where did you get them.
Gorilla lug nuts. Buy them from Apex Motorsports.
You can get a full set of 20. Had them on my 2011 2SS/SS Vert and now have a set on my 2013 ZL1 Vert.
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the harbor freight ones look like the same stuff at a much better price
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The reviews on these are bad!
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Old 01-19-2014, 11:37 AM   #11
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I guess it's just me. But I do the lugs by hand torquing anyways. I have a cordless electric Matco impact to remove them but I only use on trailers when dragging the boat or scooter around.
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Old 01-19-2014, 11:45 AM   #12
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But even by hand, sockets can damage black lugs. Either way, I want some good sockets that protect the lugs.
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Old 01-19-2014, 01:10 PM   #13
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those sockets, only protects the outside, not the inside.it's all metal inside. anyway how would you untight a bolt with plastic/nylon or else inside of a socket?it would worn out and get loose around the nut.

don't use a impact wrench! it will damage the exterior of the nut+if you have the wrong one-onesize bigger- you can wear off the edges.. making it round..those bolts are torque down to 140ft-pounds.. so a good breaker bar or 1/2 long ratchet and finish it off with a good torque wrench after couple of miles, re-torque them if any have loosen. that's the best way to go.
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Old 01-19-2014, 04:12 PM   #14
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some reviews are fine...bad reviews are from the plastic durability of the sleeve. You will be less apt to scratch the wheel or lug nut with these sockets. Let's face it...any socket can scratch if you are "ham fisted" or aggressive with an impact.
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