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Rlhm3

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I searched the forums and found a post that said these fit the model 3:

Gorilla Automotive 78641N Acorn Open End Wheel Locks (14mm X 1.50 Thread Size)-Pack of 4

Around $15 on amazon.ca

There are also the official Tesla ones of course for around $65 I think.
 

03DSG

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I searched the forums and found a post that said these fit the model 3:

Gorilla Automotive 78641N Acorn Open End Wheel Locks (14mm X 1.50 Thread Size)-Pack of 4

Around $15 on amazon.ca

There are also the official Tesla ones of course for around $65 I think.

I bought the Gorillas as well. Quality product and a great price. Highly recommend them. Used them for years.
 
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ZooSean

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Ppl can afford 70-80 k car won’t mind a 50 $ original spend . But the problem is that they are always out of stock. I ordered in couple weeks , yesterday receive an email saying shipped but no tracking info.
 

03DSG

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I’m going to retract what I posted earlier about recommending the Gorilla locking nuts. When I actually received my car and removed a wheel nut to replace with a lock I noticed a significant difference the seating area (area of the lugnut that contacts the conical seat of the wheel. The stock TESLA lugnuts are very robust and have a much larger contact area. This may be due to the 129 lb/ft torque required on TESLA wheels. I subsequently ordered the TESLA locking lugnuts and ended up installing them instead of the Gorilla nuts. Check out the pics below to see what I’m saying:

Stock, Tesla lock, Gorilla lock:

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Stock, Tesla lock, Gorilla lock:

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TESLA lock, Gorilla lock:

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Mad Hungarian

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I’m going to retract what I posted earlier about recommending the Gorilla locking nuts. When I actually received my car and removed a wheel nut to replace with a lock I noticed a significant difference the seating area (area of the lugnut that contacts the conical seat of the wheel. The stock TESLA lugnuts are very robust and have a much larger contact area. This may be due to the 129 lb/ft torque required on TESLA wheels. I subsequently ordered the TESLA locking lugnuts and ended up installing them instead of the Gorilla nuts. Check out the pics below to see what I’m saying:

Stock, Tesla lock, Gorilla lock:

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Stock, Tesla lock, Gorilla lock:

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TESLA lock, Gorilla lock:

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Compared to all the OE and aftermarket nuts I've worked with I'd say it isn't so much that the Gorilla has an unusually small seating area so much as it Tesla's that are on the large side. Nothing wrong with that, obviously Tesla likes a lot of seat engagement for whatever reason. But just for perspective I'd estimate the seat area of the lugs Ford uses on their current vehicles is at least 10% - 20% smaller than the Tesla lugs and many of their cars have recommended torque values in the 150 - 168 lb/ft range.
I've never had a galling issue with the Gorillas or any other lugs/locks with that size seat, but for the small difference in price I can see why you might prefer to go with the OE Tesla ones.
 

03DSG

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Compared to all the OE and aftermarket nuts I've worked with I'd say it isn't so much that the Gorilla has an unusually small seating area so much as it Tesla's that are on the large side. Nothing wrong with that, obviously Tesla likes a lot of seat engagement for whatever reason. But just for perspective I'd estimate the seat area of the lugs Ford uses on their current vehicles is at least 10% - 20% smaller than the Tesla lugs and many of their cars have recommended torque values in the 150 - 168 lb/ft range.
I've never had a galling issue with the Gorillas or any other lugs/locks with that size seat, but for the small difference in price I can see why you might prefer to go with the OE Tesla ones.

Ok cool. Thanks as always for your input and advice. Appears Tesla didn’t scrimp on the wheel stud/lugnut hardware.
 

enwhy

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Apr 4, 2018
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Does anyone know if I can spray paint the locks black?

My 3 is black, and i took off the aero caps and installed the cap kit. So having 1 chrome lock is kinda....not desirable.
 

03DSG

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Does anyone know if I can spray paint the locks black?

My 3 is black, and i took off the aero caps and installed the cap kit. So having 1 chrome lock is kinda....not desirable.

You could spray the lock with a flat or semi-gloss black Tremclad. I would first find a matching threaded bolt to thread the lock onto before painting. You don’t want paint on the inner threads. Then when you take off the lugnut your going to replace with the lock just spray some of the Tremclad into a very small container and use a small paintbrush to paint the flat end of the stud black. You end up with an all black look.
 
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enwhy

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You could spray the lock with a flat or semi-gloss black Tremclad. I would first find a matching threaded bolt to thread the lock onto before painting. You don’t want paint on the inner threads. Then when you take off the lugnut your going to replace with the lock just spray some of the Tremclad into a very small container and use a small paintbrush to paint the flat end of the stud black. You end up with an all black look.

Great idea, thanks! Will report back when i get the chance to try it out.
 

Anto

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Compared to all the OE and aftermarket nuts I've worked with I'd say it isn't so much that the Gorilla has an unusually small seating area so much as it Tesla's that are on the large side. Nothing wrong with that, obviously Tesla likes a lot of seat engagement for whatever reason. But just for perspective I'd estimate the seat area of the lugs Ford uses on their current vehicles is at least 10% - 20% smaller than the Tesla lugs and many of their cars have recommended torque values in the 150 - 168 lb/ft range.
I've never had a galling issue with the Gorillas or any other lugs/locks with that size seat, but for the small difference in price I can see why you might prefer to go with the OE Tesla ones.

What about the instant torque? It affects the design of many elements of the wheel including the specific tires they use and Ford, let's face it, don't have anything in the same range (power yes, instant? not so much).
 

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