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      03-28-2010, 09:52 AM   #1
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Wheel locking lugs: Are they all the same?

Tried searching, maybe not the right forum, but wondering if the wheel locking lugs on our cars are all the same or actually different to prevent theft? Mine has "ABC" and "35" stamped on the top. Debating whether I should get another set of locking lugs.
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Tried searching, maybe not the right forum, but wondering if the wheel locking lugs on our cars are all the same or actually different to prevent theft? Mine has "ABC" and "35" stamped on the top. Debating whether I should get another set of locking lugs.
I have two sets (and am not using either) and they are not the same.
I don't know if all are unique but there are a number of variations.

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I have a set of RAD's on the 330ci I'm selling. Would they be the same thread pattern and length as the M3 lug bolts? Maybe I should transfer them over. Btw, I thought the RAD was better than McGard.
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I have a set of RAD's on the 330ci .... Btw, I thought the RAD was better than McGard.
Second that. The McGards are easy to remove with the tool that is basically a friction-fit socket that you hammer onto the outer edge of the lock. The RADs have splines around the edge, so this type of removal tool doesn't work.
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Second that. The McGards are easy to remove with the tool that is basically a friction-fit socket that you hammer onto the outer edge of the lock. The RADs have splines around the edge, so this type of removal tool doesn't work.
Exactly - a few of the reasons why we've only stocked RAD locks.
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i am using rads... lots of vendors sell them. they are great and they are very high quality
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Mine has "ABC" and "35" stamped on the top.
No, they're not the same. Consensus many months ago (do a search if you want to read it) was they go from 30 to 36. Mine are 31. They look pretty safe to me, plus the key has a place in the trunk tool area, which is nice.
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No, they're not the same. Consensus many months ago (do a search if you want to read it) was they go from 30 to 36. Mine are 31. They look pretty safe to me, plus the key has a place in the trunk tool area, which is nice.
I guess my searching skills suck. It was probably because I wasn't searching this forum section. I should just search the entire forum. My fault.

At any rate, I'll be transferring the RAD's over to the M. According to bimmian.com, they should fit.
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Second that. The McGards are easy to remove with the tool that is basically a friction-fit socket that you hammer onto the outer edge of the lock. The RADs have splines around the edge, so this type of removal tool doesn't work.
Good info... thanks!
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Second that. The McGards are easy to remove with the tool that is basically a friction-fit socket that you hammer onto the outer edge of the lock. The RADs have splines around the edge, so this type of removal tool doesn't work.
Not easy to remove, because the outlet is very difficult with a tool as too deep inside

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