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Lug nuts

TampaM3

Model 3 LR AWD MSM/White 18”
Jul 18, 2021
53
81
Tampa, FL
Looking for recommendations… I am on 18” Aeros and I am looking for something to improve the look of the aero rims but still allow me to pop the hub caps on when needed. I am getting the calipers painted next week and want lug nuts that look good to and not just the plastic covers.

Any suggestions/ideas?
 
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nstig8

Member
Oct 19, 2020
31
31
Virginia
I use black forged steel nuts from Circuit Performance and I’m really happy with them.

Forged Steel Spline Drive Lug Nut for Aftermarket Wheels: 14x1.5 Black - Circuit Performance
I thought the appropriate lugs for OEM wheels were bulge style and not "tuner" lugs. I ended up going with the Gorilla 96643BDX version for this reason with the bulge conical seat type over the cheaper 71643NBC version with the standard tuner cone seat. Didn't want to risk having less contact engagement area when these cars make so much torque.

 
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dorsai

Member
Dec 29, 2018
18
19
Ohio
OEM lugs are conical seat, larger diameter than the Circuit performance but same taper. I use the blue Circuit ones on my new wheels, but the OEM lugs worked with these wheels too, if a bit too close to the walls to keep from marring if you didn't have a thin wall socket with some plastic on the outside.
 

nstig8

Member
Oct 19, 2020
31
31
Virginia
OEM lugs are conical seat, larger diameter than the Circuit performance but same taper. I use the blue Circuit ones on my new wheels, but the OEM lugs worked with these wheels too, if a bit too close to the walls to keep from marring if you didn't have a thin wall socket with some plastic on the outside.
The 60° taper is the same for tuner or bulge conical seat lugs. The bulge ones just have a longer taper and shoulder. It provides more contact area to clamp the wheel to the hub. The Circuit lugs are tuner lugs which I read are not to be used with OEM-style wheels when I was researching lugs for my T-Sportline (OEM-style) wheels.
 

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