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Octagonal Nut Wrench with Minilites

PostPost by: bfcscc » Wed Feb 05, 2014 5:15 pm


I bought a set of Minilites for my car. The homemade wrench I have from a previous owner to fit the octagonal nuts worked great with the factory steel wheels but will not clear the spokes on the minilites.

I bought the heavy-duty spanner from R.D. hoping that the angle put on it to clear the body work would mean that it would also clear the spokes on my minilites. While it comes closer than my original tool, the angle on that spanner does not occur early enough and is not sufficiently sharp.

I realize that I can go to the 3-ear KO nuts and perhaps avoid this conflict. However, I'd really like to stick with the octagonal nuts if possible.

Does anyone know where I can get a tool that solves this problem? If not, any other constructive suggestions.


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PostPost by: collins_dan » Wed Feb 05, 2014 5:49 pm


I purchased one of these. I use a 1" socket and a 1/2" drive torque wrench that I got from Sears

http://www.sears.com/craftsman-micro-cl ... ockType=G1

and all is good with the world.

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PostPost by: Bud English » Wed Feb 05, 2014 5:53 pm

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PostPost by: vernon.taylor » Wed Feb 05, 2014 7:00 pm


A guy on eBay does them for ?40 - not quite as nice as the one already mentioned.

Here's his email: [email protected]

He makes them in batches so you may or may not have to wait.


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PostPost by: alan » Thu Feb 06, 2014 10:25 am

i bought mine from Jannik on the forum and it's super top and nearly too good to use :mrgreen:
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PostPost by: Spyder fan » Thu Feb 06, 2014 10:34 am

alan wrote:i bought mine from Jannik on the forum and it's super top and nearly too good to use :mrgreen:

Second that, I met Jannik at Donington last year and he had an example of his Octagonal nut tool with him. Amazing quality, a work of art.
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