Why Do I Need New Lug Nuts

Why Do I Need New Lug Nuts

Wondering why your new wheels require a set of new lugs to install? It's a common question we get asked so we figured we'd pull back the curtain and explain why it's common practice to need new lugs every time you buy aftermarket wheels.

One of the best things about getting new wheels is how they immediately take your machine from mild to wild with such a simple upgrade. Wheels and tires can make a ten year old machine look brand new and are typically one of the cheaper upgrades you can do for the most bang for your buck. 

So why is it that all custom or aftermarket wheels require new lug nuts? why not just keep the stock OEM lugs? 

Good question. To get to the root of this question, we need to examine the basics of custom wheel design. If OEM wheels were all built equally, you wouldn't need to upgrade right? So what is the reason for your new wheels? You probably fit into one, two, or all of the most common reasons below:

  • Improved looks/design
  • Improved functionality (beadlock)
  • Improved weight
  • Plus-sized (larger diameter)
  • Improved offset/backspacing (wider/skinnier)

In order to design the world's best looking wheels (😎), we focus our engineering on two main points, design and weight. Sometimes weight is sacrificed for design but more often than not, each of our Valor Offroad styles embody the best of both. Lower weight can be achieved with purposeful design, or through a variety of manufacturing processes to remove any unnecessary material. In the design process, our intent is to improve the looks of your machine, no matter what model or trim level you chose.

One of the areas that makes a big difference in wheel design is to remove the bulky lug holes that come stock with your OEM wheels. Purposeful, yes, but a larger lug hole restrains design and can actually bulk the spoke, adding unnecessary weight in the process. We shrink the diameter of the lug hole on Valor Offroad wheels, allowing more opportunity to elongate spokes, improve weight and drastically improve overall design.

Comparing the lug hole diameter size on the Polaris RZR Pro R below, the lug hole diameter size on all Valor Offroad wheels is 22mm (That is a 10mm difference!) 

Polaris RZR Pro R lug hole size

So, now you know WHY we design wheels with a smaller lug pocket (hole), which now requires a smaller profile lug nut to fit in the new hole, hence why you need new lugs. You don't need to fear that our aftermarket lugs are inferior to the OEM lugs because all of our Valor Offroad lug kits are tested, standardized and approved for all makes and models of UTV specific fitments. Depending on your wheel studs and vehicle make/model, we offer acorn and spline lugs to ensure a OEM spec fitment. 

Acorn Lug Kits

V10X125B-KIT - Fits: Yamaha, Honda, Kawasaki (BF750i & 650i), Suzuki, Kymco, Polaris (Sportsman XP 850 & 550), Can-Am Commander/Maverick

V38B-KIT - Fits: Polaris Ranger, RZR 800/900, Sportsman (Non-XP), Polaris UTV Pre-2015

Spline Lug Kits

V12X125B-KIT - Fits: Kawasaki, Teryx/ Mule /KRX, Yamaha YXZ Fitments

V12X150B-KIT - Fits: Honda Big Red/Pioneer/Talon, Polaris XP1K/XP Turbo/Turbo S/XP Pro, Can-Am X3, Wildcat XX

V12X150B-KIT5 - Fits: Polaris Pro R, Ranger XD 1500, Xpedition

V12X150B-KIT6 - Fits: Can-Am Maverick R


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Valor Offroad

Valor Offroad is a leading manufacturer of products developed exclusively for the powersports industry. Our wide collection of utv wheels, utv tires, and accessories are designed to enhance the performance and appearance of your offroad vehicle. Whether you're a seasoned offroader or just starting out, Valor Offroad has everything you need to take your powersports experience to the next level. Our utv wheels are crafted with precision and durability in mind, ensuring that they can handle even the toughest terrains. With a variety of styles and finishes to choose from, you can customize your offroad vehicle to reflect your personal style.

But it's not just about looks - our Valor utv tires are engineered to provide optimal traction and stability, giving you the confidence to conquer any trail. From trails to rock crawling, our tires are designed to withstand the harshest conditions, so you can push the limits of your offroad adventures.

At Valor Offroad, we understand that offroading is more than just a hobby - it's a lifestyle. That's why we are committed to providing top-quality products that not only perform well but also enhance the overall appearance of your offroad vehicle. With our extensive selection and dedication to customer satisfaction, you can trust us to be your go-to source for all your Polaris, Can-AM, Honda, and Kawasaki utv accessories.

So whether you're tackling the trails or hitting the dunes, choose Valor Offroad to equip your offroad vehicle with the best wheels, tires, and accessories on the market. Experience the difference that our products can make and elevate your offroading adventures to new heights.