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Old 05-23-2018, 12:13 AM   #1
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Hello, I recently bought a set of the silver BBS 18 spoke wheels from a 2014 STI for my 2017 WRX. Should I get new lug nuts, or should the stock be ok?
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OEM lug nuts on OEM wheels will work just fine.
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i figured as much, but it's nice to get some confirmation.

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I would still get new lug nuts. I switched mine the second i saw them on my new wheels. The stock ones are ugly, they rust, and are heavy. You can get nice forged aluminum ones for around 50-60 bucks. Will look so much better. Or even steel ones are good. Anything is better than the stock lug nuts. They ruin the look of the wheels completely.
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You're right, the stock ones are hideous 😃
When I get better looking ones, I should get the acorn shape ones, as opposed to the conical, right?

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I would still get new lug nuts. I switched mine the second i saw them on my new wheels. The stock ones are ugly, they rust, and are heavy. You can get nice forged aluminum ones for around 50-60 bucks. Will look so much better. Or even steel ones are good. Anything is better than the stock lug nuts. They ruin the look of the wheels completely.
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Acorn and conical are not two different types of lug nuts. The stock lug nuts are acorn style with a conical seat.

The vast majority of 12mm-1.25 lug nuts that you find on the market will have a 60* conical seat, which is what you want.
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I thought acorn had a rounded seat, whereas conical were straight...

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Acorn and conical are not two different types of lug nuts. The stock lug nuts are acorn style with a conical seat.

The vast majority of 12mm-1.25 lug nuts that you find on the market will have a 60* conical seat, which is what you want.
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Rounded seat lug nuts are called ball seat and are primarily used by VW/Audi.

Aesthetics are only one factor in choosing lug nuts. The OEM lug nuts may have threads are more precisely cut.
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If you're sure that rim has 60 degree cone-shaped holes, then any aftermarket lug nuts that have the same 60 degree conical base will work. Another thing to keep in mind is the actual size of the lug nut: there are some that are just too large for certain rims and your socket will not fit over.

Also, I highly recommend getting a socket set with teflon protective sleeves. This will guarantee you never scratch/chip your rims as some chip very easily if they are just painted vs. powdercoat. And when you go to any tire place tell them to use your socket because they will mess up your rims with their powertools. Most shops are careless about how they handle your rims.

https://www.amazon.com/FIT-TOOLS-2-I...lon+socket+set

For the lug nuts you posted I would avoid those. They are made of steel and they'll scratch/chip and rust like crazy. I've had a few sets of them and they are junk. Get something that's forged aluminum, it'll never rust. As long as you torque them properly (90 lbs for this car), they won't strip. I got a set of these and they are super durable and not cheap like some aluminum ones

https://www.ebay.com/itm/VMS-RACING-...72.m2749.l2649
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Old 05-24-2018, 08:59 PM   #11
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Thanks for the advice -- I got me some nice aluminum ones like was recommended.

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If you're sure that rim has 60 degree cone-shaped holes, then any aftermarket lug nuts that have the same 60 degree conical base will work. Another thing to keep in mind is the actual size of the lug nut: there are some that are just too large for certain rims and your socket will not fit over.

Also, I highly recommend getting a socket set with teflon protective sleeves. This will guarantee you never scratch/chip your rims as some chip very easily if they are just painted vs. powdercoat. And when you go to any tire place tell them to use your socket because they will mess up your rims with their powertools. Most shops are careless about how they handle your rims.

https://www.amazon.com/FIT-TOOLS-2-I...lon+socket+set

For the lug nuts you posted I would avoid those. They are made of steel and they'll scratch/chip and rust like crazy. I've had a few sets of them and they are junk. Get something that's forged aluminum, it'll never rust. As long as you torque them properly (90 lbs for this car), they won't strip. I got a set of these and they are super durable and not cheap like some aluminum ones

https://www.ebay.com/itm/VMS-RACING-...72.m2749.l2649
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