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About to start on the control arm bushings project, but I'm already starting off on a bad note. Found one lugnut has some of it's metal stripped and my 7/8 socket won't fit. Tried forcing it past the stripped metal, but I don't want to make matters worse. Should I try the next size socket or is there another solution?
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The stock nuts have a shell that can separate. I'd hit it with penetrating oil and hammer the socket on, then try to smoothly back it off.

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That lug looks different from an OE lug. I have that style on the kid's OZ winter wheels.
 

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I have had success with getting stripped lugs off using a 1/2 in. 12 point socket that is slightly smaller than the lug. Use a BIG hammer to pound it fully on with an extention on it so you don't knick up the wheel then use a long handle breaker bar to remove it.

Shhhhh - this also works on keyed lug nuts.
 
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you can purchase half size sockets and beat them on to get the metal cover to conform to the nut underneath the metal cap. I bought Gorilla lug nuts and have my factory originals in a bag. Cheap GM making these fake lug nuts that get messed up at the tire shop. Then you get stuck with the damage. I agree with theheder on this one.
 

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Thanks fellas. Finally got it loose. Probably buy a new set, since the lug is all chewed up.
If you don't has Gorilla lugs....this is the prime time.
 

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I have run Gorillas on multiple cars/trucks. I'm guessing 10 or more sets over time. I love them.

Notes of caution - (1) get a spare key and keep it in the toolbox, (2) do not let the gorillas or yourself use air tools. They can strip the key. Personal experience, and (3) get a spare key and keep it in the toolbox.
 
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