During my last trip to the dunes I was attempting to swap out my stock fronts with a pair of mowhawks and stripped one of the nuts. Now the damn thing won't come off for nothing. What's the safest way to get that thing off now?
I like to use a grinder and cut 2 flat spots on opposite sides of the nut, taking away as much material as possible, but without touching the threads of the lug. Then use a big crescent wrench to get on those two flat spots you made, and twist... if you cut it thin enough, it will most likely break the nut in half before it will come off, but that's fine, you dont' want to re-use it anyway. Get a new one... in fact, I'd bet the corners are rounded on several of your nuts, so just buy a new set all around.
Go to sears and buy this kit that removed striped nuts. Its about $50. im not sure if you can buy separate nut removers. Its a pretty cool kit. it takes an over size socket with sharp teeth inside and digs into the striped nut. Removes it like a champ. good lucky WOODY
Get a tool called a "Nut Cracker" it is basically a 1 in dia circle with a threaded wedge that when tightened breaks the nut in half. Dont know who all makes them but I have seen craftsman and harbor freight brands. Price ranges from about 10-20 bucks. Keep in mind it might have stripped the wheel stud instead.
Did you strip the threads out of the nut so it just rotates without moving, cross thread the nut so it can not be turned without extreme force, or just round off the external corners of the nut?
If you are rounding nuts, you are either using the wrong size wrench(SAE when it should be metric) or you are slipping off. If slipping is the case, put the boxed end of the wrench on the nut, then for more leverage, slide the box end of another wrench into the open end of the wrench on the bolt for more leverage.
this pic shows what I mean. It works amazingly well on all bolts.
There is somthing to be said about the right tool for the job. If you notice you are starting to round off a nut, stop then because its not going to miraculously come off all of the sudden. It is just going to get worse. If it is rounding, bang on a smaller socket while you can.