Are you asking what they look like before they swell up, or after?What do the stock lug nuts look like? I've seen where people were talking about them, and since I don't get my car until this Saturday I was curious.
There was a failed class action suit as well. It's a little more common than you have witnessed in your 20 + years of experience. I've had similar issues like Shawnski. Past weekly drag days have also added it's toll. I use an impact gun to remove and snug up the nuts. Always a torque wrench to bring them into spec. Even with the plastic-lined and rubber-coated sockets. You certainly don't need to have issues with these while stranded on the side of the road.And like I have said, I've used these 2 piece lugnuts for over 20+ years on various cars and never had a problem even when used in winter salt conditions. I am not sure why they are swelling and it's become a prevalent problem on Social media and forums in the past 1-2 years. I never use impact tools to tighten the lugs, I always use a torque wrench.
Fair enough. You certainly handle your nuts with extra care. Most garages or DYI are most likely using impact tools. I added a link from about four years ago just for added measure. Ford Sued Over Defective Lug Nuts in Millions of VehiclesLike I said I've been on Usenet, hundreds of automotive forums, etc... for the past 20+ years and with my own vehicles daily driven in the salt, etc... and it's only been in the past 1-2 years that it has become a "serious" and "widespread" and "prevalent" problem on forums and social media. I'm not saying it is untrue, just wanted to point this out from my perspective.
I've only ever used 6 point long sockets. Most Fords were 13/16", some are 3/4" like the Taurus and Explorer, and the Fusion is 21mm. I had to buy a 6-pt 21mm for the Fusion because most long socket kits I had were 12-pt.
I never use an impact gun to break loose or tighten the lugs. I've always used a manual breaker bar to loosen them and a torque wrench to tighten. SOP for me for 20+ years on every vehicle. Only recently with my Skil Li-Ion cordless impact have I started to use it to spin off/on the lugs to save time, but never to break them loose or tighten.