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How to spot replica Project Kics Lug Nuts

I purchased some Project Kics R40's today. But before I did that I did a bit of research and found out that SoSoRSX from clubrsx.com made a great thread on

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Old 04-12-2013, 02:05 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I purchased some Project Kics R40's today. But before I did that I did a bit of research and found out that SoSoRSX from clubrsx.com made a great thread on his comparison of Replica vs Genuine Lugs. Because I read his thread I happily & confidently bought some Project Kics off craigslist (come to find out he was a G35Driver.com member who didn't really even use em. Lucky me). I hope that this helps prevent someone from buying some fake expensive lugs. So here it is:

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Originally Posted by SoSoRSX from clubrsx.com
Hey guys I was a victim to ebay counterfeit/ replica/ china fakes for these Project Kics R40 neo chro lug nuts.

I ended up buying some legit lugs and I just wanted to post some pictures and info so no one else get ripped off thinking they are buying legitimate Project Kics lugs.


Left = real / Right = fake


First off on the front of the boxes you can clearly see that the fake box does not have the "neo chro" sticker on the top right.


Left = real / Right = fake


Next you can see that the bar code on the real box is smaller (square shaped), and the fake bar code is larger (rectangular shaped).


Left = fake / Right = real


Here you can see on the real key socket there is a identification number indication which key you have, the fake key has nothing.


Top = real / Bottom = fake



Here is where you can really tell the difference between real vs fake, the real lugs have more of a darker blue purple color, the fakes have a brighter yellowish color.


Left = real / Right = fake



Lastly its kinda hard to see from the picture but the tops of the real lugs are kinda tapered, the fake has a more squarded shape.


I hope this post helps people before they purchase some of these lug nuts. I would like to add that I had the replica lugs on my car for about 3 months and none of them broke or stripped. I was only DDing them I dont really know how they would hold up on like a track day.

Thanks!
Fake/ Replica Project Kics R40 NeoChro Lug Nuts - Club RSX Message Board
(Hope SoSoRSX doesn't mind me reposting his stuff. I tried to give him all the credit he deserves )
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Old 04-12-2013, 06:48 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Thanks for the info,anyway these nuts cannot fit the stock Rays.
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Old 04-12-2013, 08:12 AM   #3 (permalink)
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pretty much all aftermarket nuts can't fit stock wheels.
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Thanks! There's so many lugs out there to chose from and you do have to worry a out these things when you'rein the market.
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Wow, good info!

It really surprises me the length that some companies go to ripoff someone else's design
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It's not so much the design stealing, but the fact that there counterfeit! Inferior all around, with probably no testing what so ever.
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Wow
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Surprisingly close...thanks for posting
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Great Info, It will be stickied for members to be on the lookout for potential fakes.
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Thanks for the info. You can also get the serial number and call Mackin to verify they if they are real or not.
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wow Im shocked to see such a close counterfeit...it's sad that so many things are being replicated nowadays...
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My biggest issue is the safety factor. I mean these lugs hold the things that keep you planted to the ground and not flying off a cliff. Kinda scary IMO
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Was the price on Ebay way cheaper? Real ones cost a pretty penny.
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