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How to protect chrome on octagon wheel nuts?

PostPost by: Sea Ranch » Thu Dec 20, 2018 5:29 am

Greetings! I've got 4 beautifully chromed octagon center lock wheel nuts and I am desperate to prevent dents, scratches, et cetera from steel sockets and spanners.

I've had a good go at Baltic birch plywood spanners (just not enough density/hardness to resist crushing), I've tried an oversized octagonal socket with 3-d printed plastic liners and cnc routed hardwood liners (all not dense enough).

Now I'm thinking about aluminum and brass . . .

Anyone found any great solutions for this? Probably most don't think there's a problem (but I do!).

Thanks as always for your insights!

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PostPost by: Gordon Sauer » Thu Dec 20, 2018 7:24 pm

I used black Gorilla tape a couple layers thick on the inside of my spanner and my socket and haven’t marked them up, Although I do have to use a rag and solvent to get some of the goofiness off that’s left,Gordon Sauer
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PostPost by: Sea Ranch » Thu Dec 20, 2018 7:35 pm

Thanks, Gordon. I've thought of tape, alright. If it's not too thick, then there's not too much deforming. But I wondered/assumed the tape would be cut through and then there's no protection. Glad it works for you!

I'm working with aluminum today, see if that makes a sufficiently dense liner. :)

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PostPost by: 1owner69Elan » Thu Dec 20, 2018 8:58 pm

How about borrowing Sarto's idea of using a leather liner as on his knockoff spinner tool:

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I understand your concern about marring your chromed nuts. But I would note that my original octagonal wheel nuts (now sold on to another) survived quite nicely, without chipping the chrome, for the past ~50 years just using the original wrench and hammer by being careful to rotate the wrench to take up any slack before striking the hammer.

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PostPost by: alan.barker » Fri Dec 21, 2018 9:44 am

I bought a special aluminium anodised cnc machined Socket with a hole for a Tommy Bar from someone on the forum. I sold my +2S130 so now i use the special Socket as a paper weight :wink:
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PostPost by: derek uk » Fri Dec 21, 2018 9:59 am

Looking at from the other side, it's probably down to the quality of the chrome. Old school chrome on wheel nuts and knock-offs seem to have chrome that feels thick when handled. Hard to describe but I think you'll know what I mean. A suitable socket that fits well and a beefy impact driver should minimize the risk, with a torque wrench backing it up. Does anyone use this method? Doubt if you'd want to keep those in the car though.
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PostPost by: nmauduit » Fri Dec 21, 2018 10:14 am

alan.barker wrote:I bought a special aluminium anodised cnc machined Socket with a hole for a Tommy Bar from someone on the forum. I sold my +2S130 so now i use the special Socket as a paper weight :wink:
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well, in case you want to swap paper weights (half Vegantune rod, abused 3 eared nut etc...), I could put your octogonal socket with tommy bar hole to use...
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PostPost by: alan.barker » Fri Dec 21, 2018 10:31 am

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Here's the special socket never been used
Make me an offer :wink:
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PostPost by: nmauduit » Fri Dec 21, 2018 10:36 am

alan.barker wrote:Make me an offer :wink:
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I was thinking of stuff that have had an actual road life, patina and all, but I had to store loads of parts in a rush so it'll take me a while (or luck) to locate them and send you photos. I'm definitely interested though... had been considering buying one for a little while now.

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PostPost by: alan.barker » Fri Dec 21, 2018 11:05 am

I just put it for sale in the for sale section
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