Torque setting on wheel lug bolts

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16 Sep 2016 13:29 #31723 by Dennis Jolicoeur
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What is a good torque setting to torque the tire wheel rims on a 36 Westchester?

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16 Sep 2016 13:55 #31724 by 1748 S
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I don't believe anyone has ever mentioned this before. Personally on all my cars or trucks it's a "feel" torque. I know many newer cars do have a torque requirement and the "feel" torque is not correct for them. So without really knowing the 36 or 37 lug bolt torque I need to guess it to be around 50 ft lbs. Let's see how close I guessed. I will be watching this for an answer.

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17 Sep 2016 14:56 #31726 by pcsteb
pcsteb replied the topic: Re: Torque setting on wheel lug bolts
72 lbf with lubrication or 120 lbf without.
Under-torqued lug bolts are known to result in cracked wheels.

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17 Sep 2016 15:04 #31727 by 1748 S
1748 S replied the topic: Re: Torque setting on wheel lug bolts
Thanks for the torque setting for the lugs. Seems I was off by lots on a dry thread but not far off of a lubed thread.

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20 Sep 2016 02:55 #31747 by mikespeed35
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Where did the torque figures come from that were mentioned?
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20 Sep 2016 04:53 #31748 by Terry Cockerell
Terry Cockerell replied the topic: Re: Torque setting on wheel lug bolts
I cannot remember where I read or got the setting that I use but it is 90 ft lbs.
I have driven my car 10,000 miles in 5 years and have not had any trouble.
I had also fitted replacement steel rear hubs and Richardson drive shafts.
The real problem is the original cast wheel hub flanges are too thin and flex.
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