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Old 04-08-2010, 05:20 PM   #1
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Please help with torque wrench/lug torque?

Ok been doing some reading about lug torque specs

Ive read that 12MM thread 6-lug should be between 70-80 ft. lbs.

I just installed my new wheels using a torque wrench

Crazy thing is when I'm at 50 ft. lbs. the lugs feel really tight

Like if I were to try and take the torque up to 60 I would really have to put some major pressure on the torque wrench to get it to click at 60 ft. lbs.

Is this normal

Why does 50 ft. lbs. seem perfect for my new wheels but every thing I read says between 70-80

Thanks for any info...
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Old 04-08-2010, 05:41 PM   #2
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I think the factory torque specs are around 83 Lbs. i set my mine at around 90. just make sure that the surface is clean. A lot of people don,t like to use never sieze, but i use it all the time. never had a problem with it.
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Maybe your torque wrench needs calibrated, take your truck to a small shop and have someone come out and check your wheel torque against their wrench.
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No the new lugs spin onto the threads nice and easy

Everything is clean

It just feels like 50 ft. lbs. is nice and tight

Seems like if I go anymore I would be really putting some major force on the lug nut

What should I do?

Torque wrench seems to be calibrated and working fine
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some people will call me crazy but i have never used a torque wrench on my lugs in my 25+ years of working on all my cars and trucks never had any problems......
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some people will call me crazy but i have never used a torque wrench on my lugs in my 25+ years of working on all my cars and trucks never had any problems......
I call you... reasonable.
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Manual states 85 ft/lbs.
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I was just searching ebay for a new torque wrench...And I just realized something...

The torque wrench that I used from my work is Ft. Lbs.

The one I just seen on ebay is Inch lbs.

Am I using the wrong kind of torque wrench to torque my lugs?

thanks for any help
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i torque every single wheel on at 100 lbs. nothing moves unless its at least 100 lbs
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some people will call me crazy but i have never used a torque wrench on my lugs in my 25+ years of working on all my cars and trucks never had any problems......
I've never even used a torque wrench I just tighten the lugs until they're tight.
except when we did my timing belt and rebuilt the motor in my dad's old CB750.
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How long is the torque wrench? The one I use is 22 or 24" and I don't need to really do much other than lean on it to get 85ft.lbs. All things being equal, you'll need to crank harder on a short wrench over a long one. Use weight to your advantage and push down on the wrench instead of pulling up.
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I was just searching ebay for a new torque wrench...And I just realized something...

The torque wrench that I used from my work is Ft. Lbs.

The one I just seen on ebay is Inch lbs.

Am I using the wrong kind of torque wrench to torque my lugs?

thanks for any help
No, you are using the correct wrench. Ft.lbs is the correct unit measurement for the lug nuts on your truck. 12in.lbs = 1ft.lb
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I was just searching ebay for a new torque wrench...And I just realized something...

The torque wrench that I used from my work is Ft. Lbs.

The one I just seen on ebay is Inch lbs.

Am I using the wrong kind of torque wrench to torque my lugs?

thanks for any help
your using ft.lbs which is correct
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Old 04-08-2010, 07:45 PM   #14
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it's 20" long 1/2" drive

Either it needs calibrating

or I'm just wrench shy because of the new wheels

I'm gonna buy a new torque wrench tomorrow from harbor freight
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