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Old 03-05-2016, 09:02 PM   #71
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Tomorrow, same day as the free beer.
Per the sticker permanently attached to our 17: 90-95 ft-lbs.

We retorqued at the 1st campsite (<100 miles from ETI).

Retorqued at 2nd campsite (100 more miles of curvy roads).

And then a 3rd time after about 250 miles. Third time was it;
after that: no movement.

Checked recently (2800 miles), no movement.
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Old 03-05-2016, 09:39 PM   #72
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Thanks for bringing some science to the discussion. I feel better now.
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Old 03-06-2016, 02:43 AM   #73
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My confusion is that if I am to loosen the bolt before torquing, and I am to check it after a 100 miles, do I loosen the bolts and torque, and if I do that every 100 miles, when do I get home?
Cars don't need this re-torquing, despite the fact that almost all now have alloy wheels, because they are hub-centric. The re-torquing of trailer wheels makes up for the wheels not being properly centred - and thus the nuts not being properly seated - on original installation due to the lack of precision centering by the hub. If you only loosen one nut at a time, the wheel is not going to move, so you're not restarting this ongoing attempt to get the wheel properly centered - I don't see a reason to go through the whole sequence again.
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Old 03-16-2016, 07:46 PM   #74
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I've never torqued a lug in my life. After reading this tread, and after a recent trip I'm now all ready to go out and buy a wrench. But, you can smack me with a bag of hammers if I spend the big bucks for something so rarely used.

When contemplating the toilet valve I was going to buy a PEX cutter because I thought that was the way to get the unit out but then I saw it cost $16 for the cutter. *(Read sentence 3 above.) My neighbor had a cutter. Turned out didn't even need it. Just 2 days ago in a Salvation Army store, there was a PEX cutter, $4bucks. Grabbed it because you never know.

Waiting a call back from my neighbor on the torque wrench.
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Old 03-16-2016, 08:07 PM   #75
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I've never torqued a lug in my life. After reading this tread, and after a recent trip I'm now all ready to go out and buy a wrench. But, you can smack me with a bag of hammers if I spend the big bucks for something so rarely used.
They're about $21 at Harbor Freight, Myron. I keep ours in the storage box, and check the lugs occasionally.
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They're about $21 at Harbor Freight, Myron. I keep ours in the storage box, and check the lugs occasionally.
Even cheaper on sale or with their always available 20% off coupons
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They're about $21 at Harbor Freight, Myron. I keep ours in the storage box, and check the lugs occasionally.
Just be careful if you order from Harbor Freight online. I did that to find I inadvertently ordered the 1/4 inch drive one, which is useless
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I got new tires a couple of weeks ago, rather than pull the trailer out to the tire dealer, I took the old tires and rims out there in the Highlander. I brought all 8 back, the old ones will fit my utility trailer too, and put the new ones on the trailer, using just a standard length 1/2 inch drive ratchet, I snugged them down and checked them : 35 ft lbs. Then I got on them pretty good, probably as tight as some people could or physically would before they called it good. 65 ft lbs. Finally, I got serious with the torque wrench and set them to 95 ft lbs. I was a little surprised I did not have them tighter with the ratchet. The longer handle on the torque wrench made achieving the 95 pretty easy. Top rating on this wrench is 150. Than would take a significant pull. Moral of story, you can't be sure or accurate unless you are truly special without a torque wrench. I can see a closest to the number contest with cold drinks as a prize. Probably just a nutty idea.
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?.. I can see a closest to the number contest with cold drinks as a prize. Probably just a nutty idea.
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