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wheel nut torque

Post by steve cowan » Wed Dec 02, 2015 4:48 am

hi guys,i just purchased a new set of weld draglites and looking for a torque setting,1/2 inch stud 255 drag radial street/strip 3400 pound utility,i figured 100 ft/pounds with torque wrench but not 100 % certain thanks for any feedback

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Re: wheel nut torque

Post by dave brode » Wed Dec 02, 2015 8:45 am

steve cowan wrote:hi guys,i just purchased a new set of weld draglites and looking for a torque setting,1/2 inch stud 255 drag radial street/strip 3400 pound utility,i figured 100 ft/pounds with torque wrench but not 100 % certain thanks for any feedback
Steve,

I went 65 on forged alum shank style lugs as well as tapered lugs for alum and normal steel rims for year and years w/o issue until I read of guys using much more. I now use 80. I always use anti-seize on the threads and also use grease under the washers and around the shanks. The soft forged weld rims will tent to gall there even with it.

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Re: wheel nut torque

Post by Dan Timberlake » Wed Dec 02, 2015 3:54 pm

http://weldwheels.com/faqs/

"7/16 Wheel stud = 75-85 ft-lbs
1/2 Wheel stud = 85-95 ft-lbs
5/8 Wheel stud = 130-140 ft-lbs
12mm = 90 ft-lbs 14mm = 110 ft-lbs

Weld Racing does not recommend the use of lubricant when installing lug nuts. "

A post from 2002 on
http://ls1tech.com/forums/drag-racing-t ... heels.html
says this -
"According to my sheet and sticker that came with my Draglites:
LUG NUTS-Torque specs.in ft.lbs 7/16"=55-65,1/2"=80-90,9/16=120,12mm=70-80,14mm=85-90,5/8=135-145"

Retorque at 25 miles and 100 mile intervals until torque is maintained.

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Re: wheel nut torque

Post by dave brode » Wed Dec 02, 2015 6:37 pm

Dan/Steve,

I should have started out "fwiw'".

They say: Weld Racing does not recommend the use of lubricant when installing lug nuts. "

I say: esp if you R&R your wheel/tires fairly often, you will wish you had if you don't. The shanks will tear at the rims, as will the washers.

I never had issues even well lubed at 65 lbs .

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Re: wheel nut torque

Post by Dan Timberlake » Wed Dec 02, 2015 11:35 pm

dave brode wrote:Dan/Steve,

I should have started out "fwiw'".

They say: Weld Racing does not recommend the use of lubricant when installing lug nuts. "

I say: esp if you R&R your wheel/tires fairly often, you will wish you had if you don't. The shanks will tear at the rims, as will the washers.

I never had issues even well lubed at 65 lbs .

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Hi Dave,
I lube my lugs also. And the hub and wheel pilots.
I live in salty Massachusetts.

One time in winter I had to play a 50,000 BTU kerosene heater on the alloy wheels to enlarge them and release it's corroded grip on the hub.

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Re: wheel nut torque

Post by dave brode » Thu Dec 03, 2015 7:20 am

Hi Dan,

LOL. Been there too. I do same, antiseeze on hub, threads and taper.

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Re: wheel nut torque

Post by autogear » Thu Dec 03, 2015 1:36 pm

I live in "The Salt City" Syracuse NY...everything gets Anti-Seize, and any polished aluminum gets a coat of wax or SharkHyde
I had a customer cave in a weld wheel on a pothole here, so be careful (but my old convo pros were ok?)

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Re: wheel nut torque

Post by steve cowan » Fri Dec 04, 2015 6:36 pm

thanks for the replies guys,i bought weld lug nuts and washers which seem to slightly concave so they may help relieve galling (maybe) personally i am not a fan of antisieze because of its flinging action when gets hot,where i am here in brisbane,australia the conditions are similar to california,these wheels will probaly be on and off more times than a brides nighty as i have a few wheel combos-anyway thanks again :D

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Re: wheel nut torque

Post by clshore » Mon Jan 04, 2016 4:26 pm

Sounds like you need Drislide then.

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