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Wheel Lug Torque

Discussion in 'Wheels / Tires / Brakes / Suspension' started by Spencey, Mar 9, 2004.



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  1. Spencey

    Spencey New Member Registered VIP 5+ Year Member 10+ Year Member

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    I came across some information regarding torque specs for alloy wheels saying that most should only be torqued to 65-70 ft/lbs. The alignment shop around here told me to torque them to 90 ft/lbs and they have been this way for the past 2 months. A few people said that they had broken studs when using alloy wheels at this torque spec, so I just went out to the garage and loosened my lugs, 90 ft/lbs was a lot tighter than I thought. So I got my torque wrench out after loosening my lugs and retorqued them to 65 ft/lbs. Did I do the right thing? What do you guys torque your lugs to on your aftermarket wheels?
     
  2. exoin

    exoin STi Driver 5+ Year Member 10+ Year Member

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    Alloy I would go with 75-85. Steel mag wheels I would use 90-100
     
  3. Sound Streamin'

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    I only hand tighten them, never with air tools. If you use air tools, you'll never get em off if you have a flat.
     
  4. Spencey

    Spencey New Member Registered VIP 5+ Year Member 10+ Year Member

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    yeah, I just use my hand torque wrench, but I know if you get them too tight anyway it can cause damage especially on aftermarket aluminum wheels, I don't want to damage a set of wheels when a new set of wheels are far from cheap
     
  5. BrownGuy

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    I torque my aftermarket lugnuts to 80 ft/lbs...
     
  6. neaky

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    I would just go with what Honda recommends.
     
  7. civicvtec1ps

    civicvtec1ps 7thgencivic.com Mod Registered VIP 5+ Year Member 10+ Year Member

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    You did right thing.
    I wouldn't torque any more than 75lbs on aftermarket wheels.
    Honda's recommandation on 7thgen coupe/sedan is 76lbs.
    80lbs for 7thgen Hatch.
     
  8. MorphiasX

    MorphiasX New Member Registered VIP 5+ Year Member 10+ Year Member

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    I have stock steelies, and i torque mine to 80 ft/lbs.

    I never use air tools, and when i take it to the tire shop, i request that they dont. We have locking lugs on our land cruiser, and they were using the key on air tools, and they actually broke the key... So since then i always just use my torque wrench...
     
  9. Bangin' HB

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    ^well they are morons for using air on locking lugs. we just use a breaker bar to get some leverage on the locks, but never the impact gun
     


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