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Install Lug Nuts

We hope that you find this handy little installation guide helpful on your path to new lug enlightenment.

It takes only minutes to install new lug nuts on your vehicle but they'll probably be on there for quite some time. To make those miles as safe and pleasant as possible, correct fitment and proper installation is vital.

Verify Lug Nut Fitment

WARNING: Failure to use the correct lug nuts will cause unsafe driving conditions that can result in wheel loss while driving. Only use lug nuts designed to fit your vehicle and wheel application. Verify fitment prior to installation by contacting us.

Do you have the correct thread size for your vehicle?
Verify thread size with a Driven Products Fitment Specialist at 1-800-594-3898 or contact your vehicle manufacturer.

Are your lug nuts the correct length for your application?
Please note that the thickness of a wheel can differ from original equipment wheels to aftermarket wheels. For that reason, it’s critical to verify that the lug nuts will properly engage the threads. Refer to the chart below to determine the number of turns, or the depth of engagement, typical for your stud or bolt size.

Bolt/Stud Size Number of Turns Bolt/Stud Size Number of Turns
M14x2.0 7 M12x1.25 9.5
M14x1.5 9.5 1/2"-20 10
M14x1.25 11 5/16"-18 6
M12x1.75 7 7/16"-20 8.5
M12x1.5 8 9/16"-18 10

Do you have the correct lug nut style for your wheels?
Different types of wheels require different styles of lug nuts. Most tuner style nuts will be unsafe to install on factory wheels. While most OEM, or factory, style nuts will not fit on aftermarket wheels. Be sure to verify the style before installing your new lug nuts.

Are you using the correct seating style?
There are three common types of seating styles: conical seat (60 degree taper), mag/shank/flat style, and radius/ball seat. Shown below is a drawing of each type in its proper application. Please note that the illustration below is using lug nuts as an example, but these seating styles also apply to lug bolts.

Wheel Fastener Seating Styles

PROFESSIONAL INSTALLATION RECOMMENDED: Installation by a professional technician is highly recommended. Read all instructions before installation and make sure the fitment is correct for your application. NEVER USE LUBRICANT ON LUGS, STUDS, OR BOLTS AS THIS MAY RESULT IN LOSS OF TORQUE OR FAILURE OF WHEEL STUDS. DO NOT USE AIR OR IMPACT WRENCHES TO TIGHTEN LUG NUTS, LUG BOLTS, OR WHEEL LOCKS.

We recommend using the RIST method of lug installation: (R) Remove debris from mounting surfaces, (I) Inspect components for damage or excessive wear, (S) Snug the lugs in a star pattern, and (T) Torque to manufacturer specifications. Follow all instructions in the order presented.

  1. Park on a hard, level surface and apply parking brake.
  2. Loosen the wheel fasteners one quarter turn but do not remove them from the wheel.
  3. Raise up your vehicle following the process outlined in your vehicle owner’s manual.
  4. Secure the wheel and remove the wheel fasteners, then the wheel.
  5. Clean and inspect all stud threads and mounting surfaces before installation. Threads must not be lubricated and must be free of corrosion, rust, burrs, fractures, and damage. Replace studs if they are corroded, stripped, damaged, or if any fractures are found. Always use new wheel fasteners when installing new wheels.
  6. Place the wheel back onto the vehicle hub. Match the bolt circle of the wheel to that of your vehicle. The wheel must make full contact with the mating surface of the hub.
  7. Install wheel fasteners and tighten with your hand in a star, or criss cross, pattern until you cannot hand tighten anymore. Do not force your wheel fasteners on with a wrench. If they cannot be turned by hand, stop installation and consult a DP Fitment Specialist. Shown below are the numerical sequences for different lug patterns. Never use fewer wheel fasteners than the wheel and vehicle were designed for. For example: if the wheel has 5 lug holes, use 5 wheel fasteners.

  8. Once wheel fasteners have been tightened to meet minimum thread engagement and wheel is sitting flush against mating surface, lower vehicle to ground and tighten all wheel fasteners to the proper torque specification listed in your vehicle owner’s manual using a calibrated torque wrench. Apply torque evenly by repeating the star, or criss cross, pattern until desired torque is reached.

AFTER INSTALLATION REMINDER: ALWAYS RE-TORQUE WHEEL FASTENERS AFTER 25 MILES OF USE, EACH TIME WHEEL FASTENERS ARE REMOVED. FAILURE TO RE-TORQUE COULD RESULT IN UNSAFE DRIVING CONDITIONS.

POST INSTALLATION SAFETY CHECKLIST

We recommend that the following Safety Checklist be completed after installation. This checklist is not intended to replace the wheel fastener installation guide. Instead, we’ve included this checklist to help ensure major safety points were checked before, during, and after the installation process.

If any item was not performed on the checklist, please consult your installer or contact a DP Fitment Specialist at 1-800-594-3898.

  1. Wheel fasteners (lug nuts, lug bolts, or wheel locks) are verified to be correct fitment for your vehicle and wheel application; i.e. lug type, seating style, thread engagement, bottoming out, etc.
  2. All threads and studs are free from rust, corrosion, fractures, lubricant, etc.
  3. Air or impact tools were not used to install the wheel fasteners.
  4. All wheel fasteners are tightened to proper torque specification with a calibrated torque wrench.
  5. Wheel fasteners have been re-torqued after 25 miles or driving.
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