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Old 10-29-2007, 01:14 PM
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Upgrading wheels - new or used lug bolts?

I purchased a set of late model W126 wheels for my SD and i'm contemplating on whether to purchase a new set of lug bolts or a used set.

Since it seems the used ones may be stressed by impact guns and what not over the years, a new set sounds like it'll make more sense.

And also where's a good place to get them?

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Old 10-29-2007, 03:15 PM
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I bought mine at Napa - I took in an old one and they matched it to a picture. You ought to buy new ones if you're worried about the old ones.
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Old 10-30-2007, 11:55 PM
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I would buy new lug bolts, unless the ones you have are in like new conditions.
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Old 10-31-2007, 12:39 AM
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new ones .. old will look crappy with new wheels ... chances are the plugs on the end will be loose too
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Old 10-31-2007, 01:05 AM
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The lug bolts for the W126 15 hole wheels are deeply recessed so you can't see them unless you're up close.
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Old 10-31-2007, 06:59 AM
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I would not hesitate to use old ones if they are in good shape. Buying aftermarket lug bolts I would be concerned that they aren't as good as the originals.

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Old 11-07-2007, 12:21 AM
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I wouldn't worry about using old bolts unless the threads look suspect. If you want to buy new ones, I only buy from RAD USA. Great service, and they can special order anything from Germany that you want. I'm waiting for a set to come off the boat next week in fact. All their bolts are TuV certified (aka GREAT stuff).

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