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Top 10 Best Lug Nuts

Sep 25, 2019






Lug nuts, for the most part, are a fairly basic component of your car. Simply put, they’re designed to fasten the wheels securely onto your car, but that doesn’t mean they have to be boring. Aftermarket lug nuts can add style to your vehicle, along with an extra layer of protection as some require a different socket tool in order to get them off your car. Just keep in mind, not all aftermarket lug nuts are a substitute for proper wheel locks.

If you’re shopping for a set of aftermarket lug nuts, you’re likely looking to add some color or style to your car. This is especially important if you’ve invested into a set of aftermarket wheels, as not all wheels are compatible with factory lug nuts. In this guide, we’ll take a look at the top 10 best lug nuts you can purchase online, ranging from colorful and lightweight, to more traditional options that can serve as OEM replacement. No matter the reason you’re shopping for new lug nuts, we’ve got you covered.

Before we dive into our list of the top 10 best lug nuts, there are a few things you need to figure out with your vehicle. You’ll want to know the recommended thread size and seat type before choosing the best lug nuts for your car. Most of the options listed will be available in a variety of sizes and thread pitches, just make sure you select the right one for your vehicle. You’ll also want to make sure the lug nut you’re choosing isn’t too long or too short, and that the overall diameter won’t interfere with your wheel. Lastly, make sure you’re getting the right amount of lug nuts you need for your car.

1. Editor's Pick: Gorilla Automotive Lug Nuts



If you’re not looking for something too crazy, but want a set of lug nuts that aren’t as boring as your factory units, take a look at our top pick from Gorilla Automotive. These lug nuts feature a stylish black finish and are available in either 12 x 1.25 or 12 x 1.5 thread sizes. They come with a hex key which is needed to fasten or loosen the lugs, which measure 1.36″ long. They sport a 60° conical seat and each set includes 20 lug nuts.


These lug nuts are our top pick due to their price and quality. They’re also a good fit for all sorts of vehicles, even if you don’t have a set of aftermarket wheels. And while they don’t offer the same level of security as wheel locks, they do require a different key to loosen, compared to other lug nuts that use a standard socket size. Just make sure you’re getting the right thread size.


Product features:


  • Stylish black finish
  • Available in 12 x 1.25 or 12 x 1.5 thread sizes
  • 1.36″ long
  • 60° conical seat
  • Includes 3/4″ and 13/16″ hex key
2. DPAccessories Chrome Acorn Lug Nuts



If you’re looking for something to replace your factory lug nuts because they’re old or rusted, take a look at these lug nuts from DPAccessories. They are closed end bulge acorn style lug nuts with a 60° conical seat, with each lug nut measuring 1.4″ long. They use a standard 19mm socket to fasten or loosen, so no key is necessary. Triple chrome plating with layers of copper nickel and chrome give these lug nuts dependable strength and corrosion resistance. They’re manufactured with cold forged and heat treated steel for solid durability.


You can purchase these lug nuts as a single unit, or a set of 16, 20, 24, or even 100. The link below are for 12 x 1.5 lug nuts, so make sure you choose the correct product if your car uses a different thread size.


Product features:


  • Closed end bulge acorn style lug nuts
  • 60° conical seat
  • 19mm hex
  • 1.4″ long
  • Triple chrome plating with copper nickel and chrome
  • Manufactured with cold forged and heat treated steel
3. YITAMOTOR Lug Nuts



YITAMOTOR also has a variety of lug nuts available online at an affordable price. These particular closed end bulge acorn style lug nuts are available in black, chrome, or red and measure 1.38″ long. If you need longer lug nuts, YITAMOTOR also offers 1.46″ long lug nuts, but only in a chrome finish. These lugs have a 60° conical seat and use a 19mm socket to fasten or loosen. Triple black plating along with layers of copper nickel and chrome have been used for exceptional strength and corrosion resistance, just like DPAccessories’ lug nuts. These are also manufactured with cold forged and heat treated steel for solid durability.


YITAMOTOR backs its lug nuts with a 45-day money back guarantee and 24-month warranty. Again, the link below will take you to 12 x 1.5 thread size lug nuts, so make sure you choose the right one for your car.


Product features:


  • Closed end bulge acorn style lug nuts
  • Available in black, chrome, or red
  • 1.38″ or 1.46″ long
  • 60° conical seat
  • 19mm hex
  • Triple black plating with copper nickel and chrome
  • Manufactured with cold forged and heat treated steel
  • 45-day money back guarantee / 24-month warranty
4. Muteki SR Series Lug Nuts



Muteki is a popular brand among tuners and the company has a wide variety of lug nut offerings. These particular lug nuts measure nearly 1.49″ and feature an open ended design with knurled ends. They can be removed with a standard 17mm socket and are available in either 12 x 1.25 or 12 x 1.5 thread sizes, as well as different finishes (black, purple, chrome titanium, and neon chrome). Each of these SR Series lug nuts weigh just under 2 ounces thanks to their chrome vanadium construction.


Product features:


  • Open ended design with knurled ends
  • Nearly 1.49″ long
  • 17mm hex
  • Available in either 12 x 1.25 or 12 x 1.5 thread sizes
  • Available in black, purple, chrome titanium, and neon chrome
  • Each lug nut weighs just under 2 ounces
  • Chrome vanadium construction
5. Circuit Performance Spline Drive Tuner Acorn Lug Nuts



Available in black, blue, red, or chrome are Circuit Performance’s spline drive tuner acorn lug nuts. Each set of 20 or 24 lug nuts includes a spline tool that is needed for installation and removal, with each lug sporting a 60° tuner style seating. These steel lug nuts offer great durability and an ultra thin design, ideal for aftermarket wheels. These lug nuts measure 1.38″ long.


Again, although they’re not a direct replacement for wheel locks, these lug nuts do offer an extra layer of protection since the spline tool is needed to remove the lug nuts. The spline tool has also been heat treated for extra strength.


Product features:


  • Spline lug nuts with closed end design
  • 60° tuner style seating
  • 1.38″ long
  • Ultra-thin design, ideal for aftermarket wheels
  • Heat treated spline tool, which is needed to remove/tighten lug nuts
6. Skunk2 Forged Lug Nuts



For the rest of the list, we’ll focus more on tuner style lug nuts that are more ideal for cars sporting a nice set of aftermarket wheels. Skunk2 Racing has been a staple in the aftermarket community for decades, and the company’s forged lug nuts are one of the most popular among tuners. These lug nuts are manufactured from super strong AL7075 aluminum/magnesium alloy and hard anodized with knurled ends. They’re also ultra lightweight, weighing just 0.82 ounces.


Skunk2’s lug nuts are available in 12 x 1.25 or 12 x 1.5 thread sizes and sold as individual units, a set of 16, or a set of 20.


Product features:


  • Available in 12 x 1.25 or 12 x 1.5 thread sizes
  • Manufactured from AL7075 aluminum/magnesium alloy
  • Hard anodized with knurled ends
  • Ultra lightweight—just 0.82 ounces per lug nut
7. Work Wheels RS Lug Nuts



If you know a thing or two about aftermarket wheels, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of Work Wheels. The Japanese manufacturer is known for some of the most popular wheels among tuners, including the classic VS-XX. Naturally, Work Wheels also offers its own lineup of lug nuts—RS (seen above) and RS Z. Both styles are available in 12 x 1.25 or 12 x 1.5 thread sizes, with the RS lug nuts offered in anodized blue or red finishes, while the RS Z lug nuts come in black.


The RS are closed end lug nuts and available in a set of 20, with 16 of them being regular 6-sided lug nuts and 4 are locking lug nuts for extra security. That also means each set comes with a security key for those wheel locks so you can protect your investment.


The Work Wheels RS Z lug nuts are opened end lug nuts.


Product features:


  • Reputable Japanese wheel manufacturer
  • Available in 12 x 1.25 or 12 x 1.5 thread sizes
  • RS lug nuts available in anodized red or blue
  • RS Z lug nuts available in black
  • RS lug nuts are closed end and includes 4 wheel locks (set of 20 total)
  • RS Z lug nuts are opened end
8. Project KICS Lug Nuts



Another extremely popular brand among tuners is Project KICS. This company has a large lineup of lug nut offerings, so if you’re looking for options, check out Project KICS. One of its most popular lug nuts is the Kyokugen (seen above), which can be purchased with different colored caps. The Kyokugen lug nuts feature a unique heptagon shape, which means they require a special socket adapter (included) in order to remove the lug nuts.


Almost all of the lug nuts offered by Project KICS are available with either 12 x 1.25 or 12 x 1.5 thread size. Take a look at everything Project KICS has to offer with the link below.


Product features:


  • Wide variety of lug nut styles and finishes
  • Popular Kyokugen lug nuts feature unique heptagon shape that requires a special socket adapter to remove
  • Most products are available in 12 x 1.25 or 12 x 1.5 thread sizes
 

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9. RAYS Wheels Lug Nuts



Another extremely popular wheel manufacturer from Japan is RAYS Wheels. It’s the company behind Volk Racing, and you’ll even find some of its products as factory offerings on Japanese supercars like the Nissan GT-R NISMO. Now if you’re wondering why such a reputable brand is so far down our list, it’s because these lug nuts are not cheap, so they’re not for everyone.


The company’s most popular lug nuts (seen above) are available in blue, black, or red and in two sizes, 1.38″ (35mm) or 1.97″ (50mm). These lug nuts are manufactured from duraluminum and weigh just 0.8 ounces each. Each set also comes with 4 special lug nuts that require the included tool to remove. And while each set isn’t uniquely keyed, there are several different key patterns of lug nuts.


RAYS Wheels also offers the simple “17” hex design lug nuts in black or chrome, which includes a “17” hex adapter for the lugs, and 4 locking lug nuts with a locking nut key adapter.


If you really feel like splurging on lug nuts and want to impress judges at car shows, RAYS Wheels Formula lug nuts are the ones to get. They feature a full floating head design to prevent scratching your wheels and have a unique body shape. They’re manufactured from high quality chrome manadium and sport a 7-sided heptagon shape with a special internal drive. Each of the Formula lug nuts have a removable allen cap (keys included) for extra security. These lug nuts are available in black, red, or blue.


Product features:


  • Reputable Japanese wheel manufacturer
  • Variety of different styles and finishes
  • Includes locking keys and lugs with each set
  • High quality product, lightweight, but extremely expensive
10. Godspeed Project Lug Nuts



Now if you’re not in the business of spending hundreds on lug nuts, but still want something fashionable, shop around for Godspeed Project’s lug nuts. The company has a wide variety of styles, lengths, thread sizes, and finishes for its lug nuts. So much so, that we won’t even bother highlighting a specific model since it’ll really come down to personal preference.


The company’s lug nuts are manufactured from high strength aluminum and some models include wheel locks. Take a look at the link below and choose the right one that fits your car’s style and your personal budget.


Product features:


  • Wide variety of styles, lengths, thread sizes, and finishes
  • Manufactured from high strength aluminum
  • Some models include wheel locks

 
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