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    Locking Wheel Nuts - Audi or Other?

    Hi guys,

    Swapping my wheels from front to back today and noticed that one of the locking wheel nuts is not too great, and kept slipping out of the key. It looks slight rounded and the key is a bit mashed as well. I want to change them all before i can't get the nut off!

    Should I get a new set from Audi, or are they other better ones out there? Do you guys running fancy alloys have any more security than just one locking nut?

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    go on ebay mate and youll get some genuine ones on there. one per wheel is more than enought.

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    OK, just had a look not many on there. Want new ones really. Lots of McGuard ones, any good?
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    Yes mcgard are excellent but keep in mind that your existing wheel nut cover will not fit. But you can mod it to fit if you follow a guide I recently posted.
    Most important if you go after market lock bolts, then make sure they are of "radius" type if you have genuine A3 alloys.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dannykn9 View Post
    Yes mcgard are excellent but keep in mind that your existing wheel nut cover will not fit. But you can mod it to fit if you follow a guide I recently posted.
    Most important if you go after market lock bolts, then make sure they are of "radius" type if you have genuine A3 alloys.
    Thanks, wil go for them then. My OEM wheeld don't have wheel nut covers, as the cover is the type which covers all 5 holes at once (if you know what I mean!).
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    Get mcgards silky. They are the best lockers. No crappy pins to snap off or grooves to get rounded over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silky-S3 View Post
    Thanks, wil go for them then. My OEM wheeld don't have wheel nut covers, as the cover is the type which covers all 5 holes at once (if you know what I mean!).
    Yep, i know the ones mate. You want be dissapointed with them fella. Also make sure you get the right length ones. I have the 41mm length as i have 11mm spacers.
    Before you buy it, contact the seller and they should advise the correct ones. IIRC, halfrauds sell them, i got mine from Demon tweeks, excellent service.
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    Quote Originally Posted by W8 Performance View Post
    Get mcgards silky. They are the best lockers. No crappy pins to snap off or grooves to get rounded over.
    +1

    Did you get round to modding your nut covers?
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    How much is a new OEM set? I picked up a new set off the bay for £20.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Minstadave View Post
    How much is a new OEM set? I picked up a new set off the bay for £20.
    about £36 from the stealers!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dannykn9 View Post
    +1

    Did you get round to modding your nut covers?
    Not yet Danny, my garage is having an office built into it and it's freezing out there at the moment. Will end up doing it at some point though as it looks odd with the mcgards showing. The car is filthy at the moment though so no one can tell anyway

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    Cheers boys. Just waiting to to see if Im gonna buy seem spacers (or maybe wheels!) then I'll get some. If I get some BBS wheels would I need longer bolts that the OEM ones?
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    You wouldnt need longer bolts if you got BBS wheels that were a direct fit an didnt require spacers. PM me if you are after BBS wheels as you wont get them cheaper The BBS wheel will come with a new set of bolts as well, or normally do.

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    The teeth have sheared on a few OEM locking nuts I've had, the quality of them is appalling. They are around £35 for a replacement from the dealers as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by W8 Performance View Post
    You wouldnt need longer bolts if you got BBS wheels that were a direct fit an didnt require spacers. PM me if you are after BBS wheels as you wont get them cheaper The BBS wheel will come with a new set of bolts as well, or normally do.

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