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Old 05-21-2016, 04:57 PM   #15
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All quite interesting - The studs and nuts are all the same, correct? Seems odd that one stud would be torqued at one level and another at a higher level. The wheel material is same, surface area is same, and stud strength is same, only the load and force that might be applied is variable. Interesting that a 1/2-20 stud would be torqued to multiple different levels. Is the thickness and length of stud different between 14, 15 and 16 inch wheels or does the engagement length change when moving from the 5-6 hole wheel? Again, it is what it is. Just surprising that there is a difference. My education awaits your informed input. Pat

Well, Pat, it's like most be like most every thing where Airstream owners are concerned...... there are as many opinions as there are AS Owners on Forums. It wasn't very many years ago that very few Airstreamers didn't have a clue what a torque wrench was, nor how to use it, and most of them pulled whatever AS they owned with a half ton Suburban, today we're all experts in what ever you want to talk about.
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Old 05-21-2016, 05:55 PM   #16
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What does Michelin and Airstream recommend? There should be a sticker on the side of the trailer with recommended tire pressures.
All right... was washing Mr. Big Shiny and checked the plaque. Tire pressure is stated at 80 PSI, which is what I thought. My first torque wrench, a Craftsman, was a dud. Had to exchange it and I do check torque regularly. My personal opinion, for what it's worth, is whether you torque at 110, 115 or 120 ft./lbs. the important thing is that every stud be the same. Know your bolt pattern for 5 or 6 bolt wheels and do it the same way every time.
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All quite interesting - The studs and nuts are all the same, correct? Seems odd that one stud would be torqued at one level and another at a higher level. The wheel material is same, surface area is same, and stud strength is same, only the load and force that might be applied is variable. Interesting that a 1/2-20 stud would be torqued to multiple different levels. Is the thickness and length of stud different between 14, 15 and 16 inch wheels or does the engagement length change when moving from the 5-6 hole wheel? Again, it is what it is. Just surprising that there is a difference. My education awaits your informed input. Pat
Yes! Those are my questions as well. I noted all the conflicting information on torque values before I initiated this thread.

In my professional life, I am a fairly notorious vintage motorcycle mechanic. I regard torque specs established by engineers and published by manufacturers as somewhat "sacred" information ....especially for engine work!
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