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Old 01-03-2016, 05:11 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by notanlines View Post
Tbos, can I ask you where or how you determined that if you have painted wheels that the lug nuts should be replaced every trip?
JRTH has the reference right. I found out why when talking a salesman about them selling aluminum wheels that didn't need to be checked each trip. The brochure talked about painted wheels and the fact that they don't clean the paint off the lug holes. As I've made more trips the lugs have needed less tightening/torquing. I set mine to 110 ft lbs using a 1/2 drive torque wrench an extension and a socket set aside just for that purpose.

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Old 01-03-2016, 07:14 PM   #22
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It doesn't take but a couple minutes with a $20 Harbor Freight to check them. Do I check them every morning before getting on the road? No. But when I don't, I wish I had.
I have discovered it is much easier if the slides are IN.

No oil, no grease on the threads. Torque values are stated for clean dry threads.

There is what is known as "Millwright tight". With 25 years experience you can get pretty close with a ratchet and socket.
But I'm sure I'm out of calibration by now.

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Old 01-04-2016, 05:15 AM   #23
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I torque mine before I take it out. I may go a couple times then check them. If I find one that is lose i may do it more often. I have not found any lose nuts yet.
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Old 01-10-2016, 07:48 AM   #24
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I will typically check them prior to any trip longer than than across town. Even than I visually check for anomalies when checking pressure before every trip.

Thus far the only "loose nut" I've found is the one behind the wheel.

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