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Wed Nov 02 2016, 08:27pm
Joined: Jan 19 2015
Member No: #2027
Location: London
More trouble than they're worth... Kwikfit claimed they'd sheared and of course I couldn't prove they'd done it because I hadn't inspected... anyway like everyone says, who'd want to nick C6 wheels? Replaced with non-locking ones, problem sorted
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 e3steve (03 November 2016) , 321dave (03 November 2016) , cruiserphil (04 November 2016)
Thu Nov 03 2016, 07:25am
Joined: Jan 21 2013
Member No: #1163
Location: Warsash, Hants & Palma de Mallorca, Spain
I agree with your 'anyway' comment; and good luck to anyone attempting to plant a C6 on bricks!

I never let tyre fitters crack-off mine -- I do it myself with a breaker bar, after having seated the locking cap. Also, I never let them jack it up without vee-blocks on the pads; if they're not equipped then they don't get my business.

A fitter once told me that the locking cap (and one bolt) was "on it's way out". Funny, as they were all perfect before he started the job!

My local 'tame' supplier uses a torque-wrench, set correctly from a settings chart on his wall.

At home, I undo the bolts with my breaker bar then, when refitting the wheels, spin them back in with my cheapie cordless Draper impact gun, finishing off the final pinch using a standard ½"-drive ratchet (less leverage). They need to be undo-able using the roadside kit!
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 321dave (03 November 2016)
Thu Nov 03 2016, 12:23pm
Joined: Dec 11 2009
Member No: #21
Location: Scotland
Do you lube or leave rusty/dry?

If you lube, what do you use?
Fri Nov 04 2016, 07:55am
Joined: Jan 21 2013
Member No: #1163
Location: Warsash, Hants & Palma de Mallorca, Spain
gmerry wrote ...

Do you lube or leave rusty/dry?

If you lube, what do you use?
I leave the seats dry, Gordon, but I run a smear of... wait for it..., yes, silicone grease(!) onto the bolts' threads, using a toothbrush, along with the further smear of the stuff around the hubs' centres.
Mon Apr 11 2022, 09:52am
Joined: Mar 25 2022
Member No: #4986
Location: Catalunya
I had to deal with the problem that the locking bolts were extremely tight.
I don't like welding, as this probably gives too much heat to the alloy rim.
Finally, I was able to fix the problem by cutting a normal spare screw and making a hole in the locking bolt.
You can see that the first attempt failed, as it wasn't strong enough. But the second one worked as expected.

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 cruiserphil (12 April 2022)
Tue Apr 12 2022, 10:28am

Joined: Jan 24 2010
Member No: #38
Location: Celbridge
Thanks for posting Rafel,

The best thing you can do is throw the locking bolts in the bin and fit standard bolts. Also tyre shops can destroy the special socket by using an impact gun on them.

Best regards,

Phil C.
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 Jas16 (07 May 2022)
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