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    Question: Torque Specs & Centerline Wheels

    I bought my Excursion used just over 2 years ago and had new tires put on about a year ago. The prior owner put on Centerline Wilderness-Wildcat 1 Piece Rotary Forged Billet Aluminum wheels.

    So fast forward to yesterday, I am talking with my buddy over the phone about the exhaust leak that I had just fixed at the exhaust manifold and he asks me how many ft/lbs of torque I am going to torque the wheel to. I think to myself, I'll check the tire sales receipt and see what the tire company that I bought my tires from torqued them to. So I tell him 165 ft/lbs and he says thats to much for billet aluminum rims when your using acorn nuts the nuts will crack the rim.

    So I call Centerline today and they tell me my wheels won't crack but my studs may break. They tell me to torque the nuts to 95lbs. It looks like they're just giving me the standard torque ratings for 14 mm studs. I am really confused now, I put about 10,000 miles on my Excursion in the last year with no problems, no cracked rims or broken studs. Ford and the tire store say 165 ft/lbs of torque but Centerline says 95 ft/lbs.

    So what do you guys do with aftermarket wheels? Do you follow Fords torque specs?
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    just go to about 120 and you should be good i worked for les schwab tires for about 6 years and we would run it to around 120 and never had a problem

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    Quote Originally Posted by mightywhity View Post
    just go to about 120 and you should be good i worked for les schwab tires for about 6 years and we would run it to around 120 and never had a problem

    So do you know if there some truth to it, is it possible that the acorn nuts will crack your rims if you torque them down to Ford specs (165 ft/lbs). Like I said I have put 10,000 miles on them with no problems but my buddy says they could crack the rim with the Ford specs.

    Also, I have read that some have had problems with their rotors warping by not torquing down their wheels to 165 ft/lbs. So you can see my concern.

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