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Need your thoughts and help. Lost my lug key. Called the local dealer they won't sell me the key, they will sell a complete set of lugs with new key with uninstall/install for a price $298. Are you kidding me. anyone know how to get this lug out?

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The dealer has a master set of keys so they can remove any wheel even if the owner lost their key.

Yes, they do not sell individual keys only complete sets - this may see expensive and silly but it also discourages thieves from just buying (or stealing) a few keys and then stealing your wheels.

If someone has a better theft deterrent - I am sure Porsche (as well as other manufacturers would be interested).

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I recently had the same issue. When I purchased my C-2 four months ago I failed to notice the locks and spent several days

going from the various parts stores searching the correct size lock key. I finally resorted going into my local Porsche dealer

and to my surprise he had the key set. The service manager handed it to me and I pulled the locks out in the service lane.

I gave the key tool back to the service manager, thanked him and drove the eight miles home with four lugs in each corner and then mounted my new wheels.

Ask the dealer to let you use their set but take along four lug bolts to replace the lock bolts.

Good Luck.

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I understand the purpose and am not trying to be disrespectful but an actual owner should be able to go to a dealer and buy a replacement lug key without having to be taken to the cleaners. I just tried calling the dealer back and suggested what PERF did and they said "Absolutely not, there is too much liability". "You have to bring it in and we will replace all lugs and install new ones" One hour of service plus lugs. He quoted me a different price which is now $348. I told him I spoke with a person yesterday for $298. He said I was quoted incorrectly

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Well...I used an easy out type bolt remover http://www.amazon.com/Astro-7402-Damaged-Removal-2-Piece/dp/B009OXJCIU/ref=sr_1_15?ie=UTF8&qid=1396909760&sr=8-15&keywords=lug+nut+remover

3 of them came out fairly easy but one was on so tight we had to use a metal tube on top of the 2ft breaker bar. Now I have to find a replacement lug set.


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If you want bolts that properly fitting bolts, the easiest way is to get them from VW or Porsche and, unless you live in area prone to wheel theft or want to have non standard wheels, I would just buy the regular non locking bolts. Here in UK VW charges about $5 a piece.

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I think my key is gone after I had some tires mounted last year. Either NTB had their own key or they used mine and forgot to put it back. Does this look like the correct one?


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Three years ago I was replacing my winter tires when the last tire's lug key broke my tool. I took the last tire to Roger Job's Porsche in Bellingham, WA. They gave me the right tool (key) to borrow. I changed it in the parking lot and returned the key. They took the part number and ordered a new tool (key) for me. Apparently the 986 has a total of 17 different key patterns. Total cost was less than $50.

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