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Author Topic:   Torque setting on wheels
RACEINMUD
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 323
posted August 04, 2003 04:34 PM  
Just curious what to torque my lugnuts to. Thanks, Mud

teamstertom
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 149
posted August 04, 2003 07:52 PM  
I saw this question a few hours ago,and this question has been stuck in my mind.

To give an exact torque spec....I can not do....but I have seen racers chase egged out holes on thru rims for years.

I always check my lug nuts before each and every race.....NO MATTER WHAT! You will be surprised how a lug nut can become loose during a nite of racing....especially if you change a flat during a race. This is most likely done in haste because you trying to get that car on the track without losing laps.

Rims are a key in keeping lug nuts tight. Look a the shoulder area where nut tightens against the rim. Some of the cheaper rims shy material in this area which leads the rim to not keep center,causing the egging out of the holes.

I know good rims cost a bit more,but it is embarrassing to have a wheel come off and pass you.

I also change lugs when ever I see threads that are questionable.

I hope this helps.

zoomy#74
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 34
posted August 04, 2003 09:44 PM  
Tightening the lugs everytime before the car goes on the track should be second nature. When one guy checks the air pressure someone else should be checking the lugs. It only takes a few seconds, but could save you a wheel coming loose.

rico 08
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 1139
posted August 04, 2003 09:55 PM  
7/16 studs around 65 ft lbs,1/2 inch around 80-90 ft lbs,5/8 studs around 95-105 ft lbs,probably not exact but close enuf for wheels.

MEANGENE83
Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 99
posted August 04, 2003 10:41 PM  
I do 100 on 7/16 or 1/2 fine studs (these are OE studs and 100 is OE torque recommendation usually) if you have coarse threaded studs you need to increase that to 125. If you're running new wheels it is especially important to recheck them because of the nut wearing the taper into the seat of the wheel.

RACEINMUD
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 323
posted August 05, 2003 08:43 AM  
Thanks everyone! I have always cked the wheels between races. I have the 7/16 so I'll try the 100 lbs. I run the 38.00 IMCA stickered 5 X 8 rim. Mud

[This message has been edited by RACEINMUD (edited August 05, 2003).]

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