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Old 06-28-2012, 11:30 AM   #1
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Long story short, a car I just bought has 25mm spacers with extended lugs and one of the nuts on the original stud was rounded. I tried to take it off a few different ways and ended up completely rounding it using an air impact. It may be cross threaded, but the threads that are visible don't look that shiny. I was thinking of welding a deep socket onto the end of the nut if I can get the mig torch in there. If I need more room maybe cutting through the spacer on the side with a plasma cutter could work. Any other ideas?

Eventually I'll put longer wheel studs (probably 12x1.5 instead of the stock 12x1.25) and new bearings/grease in, but for now I'd like to not destroy the stud.

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Welding sounds like the quickest way. Do you have a Dremel/similar unit, and a lot of time? Grind that ****** off if so. Or grind some flat sides onto it and try a smaller socket, but those would probably round off as well if it's really jammed on.
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Cut the wheel, like this guy:

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Seriously, read that and don't make his mistakes.
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I wasn't able to get anything reasonable inside the spacer to turn the nut so I made room. Good thing the thing is (was) aluminum. Fortunately, I don't plan on reusing the spacer. Liquid wrench helped. I couldn't get any weld penetration on the rounded nut so I gave up on trying to weld something to it.

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Faeflora, is that you?
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Why didnt you just drill into it the lug just a half size smaller than the threads?
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That's a lot of trouble to go through all because a PO doesn't comprehend how to torque a bolt.
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Available locally and online $7-$40
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Available locally and online $7-$40
and available for free in your local wheel thief's pocket.
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Tried an extractor. Didn't work without cutting the spacer because it wouldn't fit. Drilling/cutting that lug wasn't an option.
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