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Old 04-22-2001, 05:26 PM   #1
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Post torque spec for lug nuts?

i done a search and come up with 65-70. i have them torqued to 55. is that too little? also should i use some anti sieze just incase?
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Old 04-22-2001, 06:11 PM   #2
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Impreza Kid,

USE anti-seize and torque them to 65 to 70 ft lbs. I just learned the hard way with my new WRX. I installed new speedline wheels which use their own lug nuts and torqued them to factory specs. When I tried to remove my wheels, one of the lugs tore the threads off the stud and I was unable to get the wheel off with hand tools. A little anti-seize will save you a bit of money and a great deal of frustration. Just torque them to factory specs (no less) if you use the anti-seize.

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Old 04-22-2001, 06:40 PM   #3
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PunksWRX i just read your post like a day ago and i'm worried about the same thing happening to me. most of the people posted that it was a bad idea to use it, so thats why i'm wondering. when i changed my rims i just sprayed them with wd40 and cleaned them off. a friend told me to do this.
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Old 04-22-2001, 08:33 PM   #4
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The owner's manual says 58-72 ft lbs is acceptable, so I go with 65.
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Old 04-22-2001, 09:26 PM   #5
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If you are always using the stock lugs I really don't think you will have a problem not using anti-seize. I have owned several high performance cars and I have never used it until now. My mechanic told me it was fairly common for Isuzu's to have this problem and they are made by FHI too. A coincidence . . . maybe, maybe not. He strongly recommends the anti-seize.

I'm sure my speedline lugs attributed to the seizing as they thread almost the whole stud as opposed to the stock lugs which probably only contact half of the stud. All I know is that had I had a flat tire on my trip to Las Vegas that week I would have been SOL! I used the anti-sieze and put my stock wheels back on and drove the 1,800 miles in four days with absolutely no problems.

You may want to get Subie Gal's opinion on the anti-seize too. Jamie has had problems with the lugs and studs and recommends the anti-seize.

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Old 04-23-2001, 10:13 AM   #6
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Sorry...stupid question...what's anti-seize? I just bought a set of Volk Racing Daytona Speeds but I haven't put them on yet. Will I have a problem using stock lugs?
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Old 04-23-2001, 10:19 AM   #7
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Don't use anti-seize on lug nuts! Just make sure the treads on the stud and nut are clean and dry. Use WD-40 to clean the threads if necessary and then dry. Lubricant will just cause them to be over torqued and also will be a magnet for dust and dirt.
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Old 04-23-2001, 10:20 AM   #8
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"what's anti-seize?"

It's like a grease but its purpose is not to lubricate. Its purpose to to provide a thin barrier between the metal pieces so they can not bind together due to a buildup of small bits of oxidation / galvanic corrosion. Sold in all auto parts stores.

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Old 04-23-2001, 09:30 PM   #9
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anti-seize is fine for your studs and lug nuts. i worked in a tire shop for several years and any car that looked like it might have problems we used it. it is a good rule of thumb to use it sparingly because it will attract dirt. we used this from high end racing corvettes all the way down to cheap hyundais. not all cars needed it though. honda studs are unbreakable!

maybe to add a little to what UCI_Scott said, it is an anti-binding agent. your lug nuts and studs get hot after driving then cool down when your car is not being used. heat, cool, heat, cool, heat, cool. this scenario is a bad idea jeans commercial just waiting to happen

usually the stud is a milder steel than the lug nut. so, when you go to take the lug nut off it tears the threads on the studs up. my impreza has started showing signs of heat degredation so i use anti-seize. it is kind of like a silver paste.

also, i wouldn't recommend any wd-40 to clean 'em up with. wd-40 can mist onto your rotors. that is a big fat no-no because it is a silicon lubricant.

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