Originally Posted by hermenator01
Thanks for you reply. I guess I was not clear on my question, I'm not rplacing my rims ! It already has alu. rims. Just want to replace the rusted nuts.
And as for the stainless lugnuts Amazon has solid sst nuts available. I know what you mean by the steel nuts with the stainless covers, they are indeed garbage.
Amazon also sells aluminum lugnuts but I'm not sure if they would be touch enough.
Another thought or two on stainless nuts...
First, the steel in the studs is grade 8 strength, as are, or should be, non-stainless lug nuts. I am not sure that stainless is that strong, and I would be reluctant to use them unless I could find out.
Second, stainless to stainless threads have a tendency to gall and once galling starts, you would have to drill, grind, cut or break a stud off to remove the wheel. I do not know if stainless nuts are likely to gall on non-stainless studs, but I would not use stainless nuts until I found out. If there is a metallurgist here, perhaps they would know.
Just imagine what you would do if one of your nuts magically welded itself to the stud - that is pretty much exactly what happens if threads gall. One common solution to the galling problem is lubrication, but that is a debatable thing to do on wheel nuts.
I think aluminum nuts would be a bad, maybe really bad, idea. If the cone seat is aluminum, you have the galling problem again - aluminum to aluminum being even worse than stainless. Also, it seems unlikely to me that commonly available aluminum alloys would be grade 8 strength.