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Old 02-18-2019, 07:43 PM   #1
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Have a Nice Day? '09 Impreza outback sport 17" aluminum wheels torque

'09 Impreza outback sport stock 17" aluminum wheels torque.

What is the correct torque for these wheels lug nuts?

In Vermont and Connecticut the shops always tell you to come back to have them re-torqued in about 50 - 100 miles.

Here in Arizona they don't seem to care much about doing that.

Are different laws in those states or just more careful?
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Old 02-19-2019, 03:50 PM   #2
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'09 Impreza FSM says 73.8 ft.lbs. and re-torque after 600 miles.
Whether a shops does it - that's up to the shop as to how lucky they feel.
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Old 02-20-2019, 10:02 AM   #3
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'09 Impreza FSM says 73.8 ft.lbs. and re-torque after 600 miles.
Whether a shops does it - that's up to the shop as to how lucky they feel.
Agreed.

Steel wheels, I just usually install lugnuts and tighten.
Alloy wheels, I install and tighten, recheck a couple hundred miles later. The alloy wheels seem to creep a bit more and nuts "may" loosen. Not common, but has happened.
Keeping the center bore of the wheel corrosion free as well as a clean face on the wheel and hub where they meet also helps.
Dirty/corroded mating surfaces seem to be more likely to loosen.
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Old 02-21-2019, 11:14 PM   #4
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Most mechanics ram them on with an 80 lb torque stick but using shop air that's way higher than spec. I found they're actually hitting closer to 145-150 lbs, but all over the place.
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Old 02-22-2019, 05:59 PM   #5
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The shop I went to (Meineke) wanted to use their air wrench. I told them they are aluminum wheels and they have to look up the right specs. They said they used 69.5. I'm going back soon to have it re-torqued to check it. Is it worth telling them to increase it from the 69.5 to 73.8? TUrns out they were not 69.5 they had a hard time loosening them so they could set it correctly.

I am picky about this because I've had experiences in the past when they made them too tight. They couldn't be taken off without breaking the lugs. I carry a spare lug and nut all the time.

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Old 02-27-2019, 10:25 PM   #6
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I made the mistake of going to a meineke shop .
They were reluctant to use a torque wrench. I had to have them do it over . They were way to tight.
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Old 03-03-2019, 05:49 PM   #7
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80 ft pounds. 2010 STI with BBS wheels. and every other car i have owned
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