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Old 09-07-2018, 08:04 AM
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I bought a new-to-me boat trailer that has "wheels" on it and I can't (for the life of me) find an impact socket that'll get down into the recesses of the wheels and onto the lugs. I've ordered stuff from garage supply houses online in 13/16ths and 21mm. I've ordered sockets called "thin walled" and "very thin wall" and I still can't get an impact socket that'll get on these lugs. I've tried everything at the local Harbor Freight as well.

I am pretty much 'dead in the water' if I had to change a tire on the side of the road at this point. Is there some secret that I'm missing? Looking for 1/2in drive. Impact would be preferable but I'll settle for the breaker bar if I have to.

I am kind of worried here. Will be happy to post pics if that'll help. I searched before posting.
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Old 09-07-2018, 08:16 AM
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Close up photo might get some replies. If you can figure out who made the rims (probably a long shot) you might be able to contact them or their US distributor.
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Definitely need pics from your description of what doesn't work. Could be someone put the wrong size lugs on it.
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Old 09-07-2018, 08:19 AM
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Not sure what kind of "Wheels" you got. But I would think stepping down to some regular sockets would work, just have a couple extra, every socket I have ever broke just cracked.
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Old 09-07-2018, 08:26 AM
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Have you tried a standard non-impact socket?
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Old 09-07-2018, 11:28 AM
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We always pull those lug nuts off and put 3/4 head lug nuts on.

The way to get around it though if you choose not to is buy a 3/8 drive 21mm or 13/16 socket. You will also have to buy a 1/2" to 3/8 reducer. Its a pain and thats why we switch the lug nuts out to 3/4
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Use a regular socket. Impacts are too thick.
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Here's just a basic picture of the wheel


This is a close-up of trying to insert a "thin walled" 21mm impact socket. Ordered this one special because it was supposedly convex and ultra thin.
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Old 09-08-2018, 06:51 AM
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
Have you tried a standard non-impact socket?
Tried this a few weeks ago and will check again this afternoon. If memory serves I could get somewhat of a grip on most of the lugs but not all. Will try again and confirm.
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Originally Posted by Cobia 217 View Post
Could be someone put the wrong size lugs on it.
This theory checks off a lot of boxes. The trailer got worked on at a local shop when I first bought the boat back in May. The shop that did the work also worked on a buddy's trailer over the summer and he had some major wheel/lug issues afterwards.

Also: the previous owner is in regular contact and he can't believe I have had such an issue. He reports just using the sockets from HF and having no issues. Additionally, as noted above, I can get a regular socket on some but not all of the lugs.
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Old 09-08-2018, 06:59 AM
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Try the regular socket and tap it on with a hammer. My guess those are chrome covers on the nuts and they have gotten distorted from impact gun use. You will need to replace them when you get them off.
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Call the trailer OEM and ask them what they use.
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Absolutely the wrong lug nuts it appears. I would order new ones from the wheel manufacuter
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If you use the wrong lugs, they can damage the wheel. There's tapered end lugs and shanked lugs with a flat washer.
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Try a 19 or a 19 1/2 thin wall socket
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I have been using a standard kobalt 21mm socket for years without issue.
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Old 09-09-2018, 07:07 PM
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You need a deep 6 pt chrome socket with a 24" breaker bar. Gear wrench,snap on,mac or similar brand will work. I have stood on a breaker bar and slightly jumped up and down to break free rusted on lugs. A impact gun in many cases will end up rounding off the lug nuts and be a complete pain to take off. Get some Never Seize and apply on studs before installing nuts. A impact socket should be used with a impact gun do to the properties of the impact socket vs a chrome socket.. They are a softer steel and designed to flex/ react with each blow from.the gun along with not rounding off the anvil on your gun. A chrome socket will not have the same reaction on a gun and may shatter. Take this info from.a guy that has been selling tools of s tool truck for the last 35 years.along with observing and doing it myself.
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Old 09-09-2018, 07:11 PM
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You can buy "thinwall" impact sockets. I have broken more than a few regular sockets busting lug nuts.
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Once you get those off, replace them with McGard solid ones. They're lifetime warranty and stand up to impact guns better than any others I've used. Summit Racing sells them but you can probably find them elsewhere.
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Originally Posted by Cobia 217 View Post
Once you get those off, replace them with McGard solid ones. They're lifetime warranty and stand up to impact guns better than any others I've used. Summit Racing sells them but you can probably find them elsewhere.
I had to use them on my 68 Camaro. I just loved the Craiger wheels....
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