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      05-16-2012, 01:42 AM   #23
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Did this post really just happen???? REALLY?

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=bmw+lug+nut+size ( click the link )

What would you want to know next? How to windex the windows?

Im sorry man but this is basic stuff this isnt an engine swap in the time it took you to post the question you could of done 10 google searches.
Not sure y people like you get offended by a thread like this. Im not forcing you to read through every post (which Im sure you did). If you feel that you are upset after reading my initial post then just click the x button in the upper right side of your screen.
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      05-16-2012, 01:45 AM   #24
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Didnt say anything about a wrench, not sure y your so mad
but you just asked this earlier in the thread:

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Is this a metric wrench?
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thats why the other dood asked how you think that will ever fit onto the lugs of any wheel?

p.s. - removing the wheels from a BMW is no different than removing the wheels from a piece of shit 80's daihatsu. seriously.
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      05-16-2012, 01:46 AM   #25
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He brought up the wrench, I didnt. Nothing to get upset over. Its all good
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      05-16-2012, 01:55 AM   #26
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If it were me, I would put up a thread asking "how to put the wheels back on" also.

You don't want to get stuck with your car on a jack and no one telling you how to get the wheels back on. I would find out now before you take them off.
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      05-16-2012, 01:57 AM   #27
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      05-16-2012, 01:58 AM   #28
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All I needed to know was the size, this thread is over.
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      05-16-2012, 02:03 AM   #29
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Google is your friend. ( What Size Lug Nuts BMW ) first link.
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      05-16-2012, 02:16 AM   #30
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17mm Tire Wrench. DO NOT use a normal socket set. Probably break it.
Put some Painters tape on teh wrench so you don't scratch the rims.
BMW a stupid Jacking point design. You need a 1" x 2" solid wooden block to insert into the jacking points. Check your owners manual for location(s) and then familarize yourself.

Basically:
-Parking Brake on
-depending on which tire you are jacking up, place a tire stop (sand bag, 2x4, whatever) on the opposite and diagonal side of the car.
-Loosen tire nuts. LOOSEN, do not remove
-Jack up car with help of 1x2 block
-Remove tire
-Install Tire and hand tighten lugs with some minor tightening with the tire wrench
-lower car
-tighten and TORQUE lugs with good torque wrench
-Retighten lugs after 100kms

voila.
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You'll be fine.

You should invest in a torque wrench:


and get an extension so you don't damage anything. Your wheels are not likely going to just "come off" just because you take off all the bolts...you may want to loosen them all but keep them finger tight, then drive in a clockwise circle, then counter clockwise circle (1-2 of each should suffice) as this will loosen them up. Then when you take off all the bolts a soft kick to the bottom should pop them off. You only need to get each wheel about 3/4" from the ground - no more.
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      05-16-2012, 02:17 AM   #31
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You'll be fine.

You should invest in a torque wrench:


and get an extension so you don't damage anything. Your wheels are not likely going to just "come off" just because you take off all the bolts...you may want to loosen them all but keep them finger tight, then drive in a clockwise circle, then counter clockwise circle (1-2 of each should suffice) as this will loosen them up. Then when you take off all the bolts a soft kick to the bottom should pop them off. You only need to get each wheel about 3/4" from the ground - no more.
Thank you very much for providing a mature and useful response. It is much appreciated.
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      05-16-2012, 03:34 AM   #32
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You might also want to invest in a wheel stud pilot pin to help guide the wheels into place. It's a little gem especially for an old gaffer like me. Bavarian Auto have them p/n 12MM
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      05-16-2012, 03:39 AM   #33
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You might also want to invest in a wheel stud pilot pin to help guide the wheels into place. It's a little gem especially for an old gaffer like me. Bavarian Auto have them p/n 12MM
Just saw the youtube video of it being used, it looks extremely useful. Thanks for your input.
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      05-16-2012, 09:14 AM   #34
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Get jack stands! My car was on an uneven surface and the I used a factory jack from another car to change the wheels and almost dropped the car on the axle. Now I have a one ton car jack and jacks stands which was only about $40 at the local Autozone.
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      05-16-2012, 09:28 AM   #35
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Jackstands are your friend.
But really you should also invest in real live friends outside of Facebook. It's a sad commentary on your life when you have to learn how to remove wheels from the interwebs.
Yeah, I know, it doesn't help your case, and it's not mature and the old, if you don't like it, do not post...yadda-yadda...but then again, DAAAAMN! This is just sad!
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      05-16-2012, 10:43 AM   #36
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Use A 6 Point Socket

AND A BREAKER BAR, also consider a short extension.

E brake on.

Make sure to put the jack under the jack points [see manual]. Invest in
a floor jack. Much less work.

Loosen the lugs before lifting the tire. Raise the car, finish undoing the lugs and remove the wheel.

When putting the wheel back on, there is a lip to fit it around [at least on my 335], which will also make it much easier putting the lugs back in and starting them.

When tightening the lugs, do a top one first, then go to an opposite side lug, and tighten it [finger tight], and repeat the process going back and forth across the wheel.

Tighten slightly with socket and [braker bar or wrench], lower the car,
and finish the job. If you want to do it right, get [or borrow] a torque wrench and torque the lugs to specifications.

Repeat for each wheel.

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      05-16-2012, 12:21 PM   #37
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go buy a torque wrench
jack it up and take of the bolts with a 17mm socket with the torque wrench
might need to love tap the wheels off because it might have rusted around the hubs use a mallet if you want I just kick my wheels until it loosens up
when you put it back on make sure you set the torque wrench to 85 or 95 (I can't remember exactly read you owners manual) and tighten the bolts till you hear a click from the wrench
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      05-16-2012, 01:03 PM   #38
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Your car should come with all the tools you need in the truck. No need to worry about using unfamiliar tools and stuff that may not fit. I would highly recommend investing in a torque wrench though.
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      05-16-2012, 01:06 PM   #39
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+11tybillion on a good Torque Wrench!

Be sure the leave it unloaded when stored though or you'll wear out springs/de-calibrate it slowly.
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