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Old 12-22-2017, 12:52 PM   #1
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Aftermarket Aluminum Rim Torque?

So, all my life I've done 110lbs torque on aluminum and 140lbs torque on steel.

I usually don't let people make me question myself, but, a guy insisted that the aftermarket aluminum rims on my E350 van should be at 165lbs. Which sounds astronomically high considering we didn't even torque the rims on a 1586 International that tight on the farm.

What are you torqueing your aftermarket aluminum to?

My rims don't have steel inserts in the aluminum....

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Old 12-22-2017, 01:09 PM   #2
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I've done 150 on 2 different sets of aluminum wheels since late 2012 when we got van. No isdues as of yet. None have even loosened a little bit that I could tell. Spec is listed as 165 iirc.

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Old 12-22-2017, 01:14 PM   #3
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I am at 145. I first torque to 120, then finish to 145.

Held up over fine for all the Baja abuse I gave them.
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Old 12-22-2017, 01:23 PM   #4
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Torque is based on stud size, not wheel material, unless you have an alloy wheel with a special lugnut, like Eagle uses.

Can can tell you with certainty my lugnuts won't stay on at only 110 ft-lbs.
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Old 12-22-2017, 01:32 PM   #5
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My studs are so rusty that it acts as natural lock tight and the wheel nuts would not back off even if only hand tight.

I tighten them up to the point I can get them off with the star wrench that's in the van, in traffic, at midnight, in the rain.

Which is about 140ft/lbs even though it calls for 165.

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Old 12-23-2017, 11:26 AM   #6
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I torque mine to 150, it's pretty much been the case at all tire shops I have used. But since I've put new wheels on, I do my own torque if I have anyone touch my wheels. I ended up having Les Schwab over torque and crack two of my rims and imbed lug nuts into all 4 of my former Weld wheels. In the end they had to buy me 5 new rims, but I still won't let them touch my van after that...
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When I did wheel repair the company policy was 100 on cars, and 125 on trucks for alloy.

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