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    Default NUTS! (lug type...)

    So I have standard steel wheels on my new '09 JK, with the horrendus stock 225-R75-16 tires...

    I picked up some sweet flat-black Pro-Comp wheels from a dude off JKForum ($600 for 4 of them)...

    On April 15, I took advantage of the 'tax-free day' at 4WD.com, and ordered some 265-R75-16 Pro-Comp Xtreme Terrains, for a decent tax free, no shipping (in store pick up) out the door cost of $695. I drive the 2.5 hours to San Diego to get them mounted and balanced ($50 extra) and I run into 'issues'

    First, since moronic soccer mom's in Ford Explorers cant check their tire pressure, Congress mandated the dreaded Tire Pressure Monitoring (TPMS) on 2007+ vehicles, that adds about $10-15 per wheel for the rebuild.

    Next, they say I need different lug nutz for the new alloys- the stock nuts won't work. No problem. Until...

    They have only CHROME lug nuts, and they are $40 a set. Bear in mind my wheels are flat black- yeah it's insignificant cosmetics, but I dont want chrome lug nuts on my flat black wheels, it just looks ghey when I picture it in my head.

    So my 'good deal' for a cool set of tires is now approaching $900, with the warranty and mount/balance, TPMS re-build, etc.. My budget- from my tax refund of $2700- was about $850, and I already dropped $600 on the wheels themselves.

    QUESTION; Do I need 'special' lug nutz? How are they identified? Monster has some slick BLACK lug nuts, but before I get em, I wanna be certain they are what will work for my alloys. Also- how do I know what size to get? I don't believe there is a 'standard' size...

    I have done many other wheel/tire swaps on my 3 YJ's, but the JK is a new (and NOT fun) deal with different wheel sizes (16"-18"), TPMS, and a 5x5 bolt pattern (vice the decades old 5x4.5...).

    Thanks for your advice!
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    I don't see how it would make using the lugs different with the new wheel setup. I used my OEM lugs until my black ones from RockRatz showed up. Size should be the same as the YJ/TJ 1/2" 20 thread.
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    The RockRatz are pretty much EXACTLY what I'm looking for! Are you getting the locking set as well? Seems like small price ($10 ea) for insuring a couple hundred bucks per wheel/tire...
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    There are differences in lug nuts. Most, but not all, steel wheels use a lug that is slightly more narrow at the base, most alloy and aluminum wheels are a but more rounded. You can use them on either wheel but, using a steel wheel lug on aluminum can damage the wheel. The pointier end will vibrate and wallow the hole. When I ran an auto center I saw this many times, usually from people that were too damn cheap to buy the right ones. If you are using a steel wheel for a spare keep a set of the old lugs, using the more rounded ones can cause the lug to not seat properly.
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    I went to a parts shop that supplies fix-it places around the area and spent about 20-30 minutes figuring out what lugs to get when I had my spacer/adapters on the Jeep. They had black ones, but they were TWICE as much, so I just got the 'half' lugs and called it a day.

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