How do I choose the right lug nuts or wheel locks for my car ?
To ensure a proper and safe fit, you will need to identify specific characteristics of your vehicle lug nuts or wheel locks. We have developed this tech tips page to help you do just that.
There are three main components to any lug nut fitment:
1) Thread Size:
2) Thread Pitch:
3) Seat Type:
The wheel studs are the threaded bolts (or studs) that protrude through the holes in your wheels onto which you would thread your lug nuts. Most vehicles have either 4 or 5 wheel studs per wheel, however, some trucks, vans or SUV's can have up to 8 per wheel.
Step #1 Identify my Thread Size:
You can easily identify your thread size and pitch with a simple thread pitch gauge available at any hardware store, or you can simply take one of your lug nuts to your local hardware store and spin it onto the bolts they have on hand. The thread size or thread diameter is the measurement taken across the outside diameter of your wheel stud threads measured in either standard (7/16", 1/2", etc.) or metric (12mm, 14mm, etc.) dimensions. The most common thread sizes are 10mm, 12mm, 14mm, 7/16", 1/2", 9/16", 5/8". You can find most factory stud sizes in your vehicle owner's manual or you can use our online guide.
Step #2 Identify my Thread Pitch:The thread pitch is the measurement of either threads per inch for non-metric studs or the distance in millimeters between the threads for metric applications.
Step #3 Identify my Seat Type:The seat type refers to the area where the lug nut actaully makes contact with the wheel surface. The most common types are either an acorn/tapered seat, a mag seat (which features a flat seating surface with a separate seating washer) or a ball seat which is common for Honda and Acura models.
Once you have identified these three components it is just a matter of choosing your preferred style of nut or lock. You can easily find just the right lug nuts or wheel locks for your vehicle below, we'll walk you right through it;