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Old 07-23-2010, 10:36 AM   #1
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What are you guys using for proper lug torque for a Cruiser with steel wheels?

Somewhere I recall it's 85 PFT.
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Old 07-23-2010, 12:15 PM   #2
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I torque to 90#---- 65# on my ubolts.

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Old 07-23-2010, 12:24 PM   #3
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No tighter than you can get off with a 4 way . Four way tight and keep an eye on them. You will thank me next time you have a flat.
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Old 07-23-2010, 01:34 PM   #4
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My manual says to torque the lugs in steps, first got to 25ftlbs then to 55ftlbs then to 95ftlbs. Check them every 50 miles for the first 200 miles then I dont remember how many miles you have to check them after that, I just check mine everytime I leave on a trip or around 500 miles.
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Old 07-26-2010, 01:27 AM   #5
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I could swear that my manual says 120# to 140#. It sounds like I may be way off base. I do know that it sure does take some cranking to get 120#'s

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Old 07-26-2010, 10:30 AM   #6
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Out of my manual.



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Old 07-26-2010, 10:32 AM   #7
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yes that is in the cross roads manual but if you call crossroads Randy will tell you to only tighten them to 95 max. My Alko axle manual says the same thing only to 95 max, but the lippert manual says 120.
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Old 07-26-2010, 12:05 PM   #8
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What it says in the cross roads manual is wrong? Then ? What else is wrong. I can not seem to find it in my crossroads manual. My manual looks like something that was written in the 1970's.
I do, But how many people really have torque wrenches anyways. I see lots of folks changing there tires at the camp grounds and nobody pulls out a torque wrench. I even seen a handy repair truck pull up. Used a impact and never pulled out a torque wrench. I feel like the Misfit child when i pull out my wrench.

That was Lippert, i posted.

Alko says 95. not exceed 120.

Somewhere between 90-120 is good,. Anything less than 90 feels to soft in my book. I set mine for 120 and i bet it is only 100-110. Never calibrated, never checked for accuracy and old. What is actual. ? As long as the are tight and tight evenly. But not over tight to stress the threads/studs or crack rims and that i would say is anything over 120.

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the "not over 120 is only in the wheel manufactures specs. and that also says unless the whell manuf. spec say otherwise, torque to 85-95. I keep mine at 95 and have no problems at all.
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Old 07-26-2010, 10:32 PM   #10
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I set my wrench for 100 lbs. and can check my truck and camper with the same setting.
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Old 07-27-2010, 10:36 AM   #11
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Danskool, If we're ever camping together we can be the coolest guys in camp with our torque wrenches. I always carry one with me. Must be a western NY thing. I grew up near your part of the state. Fulton.

I torque mine aluminums to 115.
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Old 07-27-2010, 10:57 AM   #12
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Hey Kurt and Danskool let's form a club, I have a very nice and accurate chrome torque wrench good to 160 lbs. We could dual with them like light sabers
Just to show how anal I am I always turn my torque wrench to zero when not in use it helps keep the accuracy where it should be. I also never break loose lug nuts with it, that's what the star wrench is for!


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Old 07-27-2010, 02:28 PM   #13
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Sounds like a great sub chapter of the Crossroad Owners club. I NOW turn my new torque wrench back to zero every time also. I ruined my last cheapy one by leaving it set to about 180 ft lbs for a couple of months. Never was accurate after that and it wasn't worth getting it calibrated so I bought a new good quality SK wrench.



By the way my sabre goes to 250 ft lbs. Sounds like you would be a little out gunned.
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Old 07-29-2010, 01:22 PM   #14
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After several stripped wheel studs and one wheel comming off, dealer said not to torque to more than 95lbs. Indicated the manual, that says 120lbs is wrong.
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We just had service work done on our fifth at the factory and I was told to check the wheel lug torque at 50 miles to ensure that it was 95 ft/lbs. This is the number the factory is using so I will go with it.
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Old 07-30-2010, 01:20 AM   #16
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I will recalibrate by saber to 95 lbs. Thanks for all the feedback as usual.
By the way Rob, what is that mod you did to the top of your 5er? I'd like to see a write up on that in the modifications forum


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Periscope!!! Looks good eh!
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That's a nice mod but I'll bet it's tough going under some of the overpasses!

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Do aluminum wheels require more lug nut torque than steel wheels. My manual says 110-120 ft lbs. When I torque them at 95,(like Crossroads suggests) it doesn't quite feel like enough.

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I too have aluminum wheels and would like to know the answer. I also have another real question in this subject; If my wheels are torqued to 120# and they should be at 95# could I loosen them all down to something like 75# and then retorque them without jacking the trailer up?

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