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Old 03-14-2009, 11:07 AM   #1
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lug bolt torque

Any thoughts on the lug bolt torque on a six lug aluminium spoked wheel on a 2001 25' Excella. Where would I find the specs and what is the pattern to torque them.


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Old 03-14-2009, 11:24 AM   #2
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The recommended torque values for your lug nuts should be in the owner's manual for you unit.

We have a 2005 25FB with aluminum spoke wheels and the the recommended torque value for my lug nuts is 110 to 120 ft/lbs. I split the difference and set my torque wrench at 115 f/tlbs.

When putting on the lug nuts, I put them all on wrench snugged. I then tighten the opposite sides first, and then the others.

When checking torque, I start at the top and go around clockwise.


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Old 03-14-2009, 11:37 AM   #3
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I looked for the specs in the owners manual and all I seemd to find was the line "check wheel manufactures torque specs"........just wondering what the rest of you all use.

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Old 03-14-2009, 01:10 PM   #4
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The owner's manual for an '08 Safari says 120#. Thats for a 6 hole, 15" wheel. Might be different for 5 hole and/or 14" wheels. For 6 hole, pick a lug nut, get it lightly tight, go to the opposite one, then to one next to first one, then opposite that, etc. Then tighten each same way best you can since the wheel will rotate, lower to ground or lock the brakes and tighten to specs. For 5 hole pick one, go to the one that seem most opposite, then an opposite one, etc. If there are paint marks on the nuts and wheel, when you put the wheel back on, line them up the same way.

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Old 03-14-2009, 03:17 PM   #5
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My owner's manual says 95 lbs for aluminum or steel wheels.
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Old 03-14-2009, 05:15 PM   #6
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dosstx, given the variance in numbers, check the Airstream website and if you look around, you'll find people to e-mail with your question. Or, Rick March is the service guy and can probably answer your question:

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Aluminum wheels should be torqued to 110-120 Lb/ft. The "proper" way is to torque all lug nuts in sequence to 40 Lb/ft, then torque to final value. Start at the top lug, then the bottom, then the next one to the left of the bottom one, then the one opposite that one, and so on. The 40# figure is not that critical, but the final value is. After initial torque, recheck after 10, 50, and 150 miles.
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My aluminum wheels came with instructions to torque to 100# -- not originals however.

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