If you are planning on installing your new custom forged billet wheels, it is important to be aware of the manufacturer recommended torque settings. This would be based off of the vehicle’s year, make and model. These torque specifications can usually be found in the vehicle's owners manual.Careless installation of wheels on a vehicle can lead to a serious accident. Proper installation is essential to operating your vehicle safely.
Having the right torque requires using the proper tools and techniques to prevent any damage to your aluminum billet wheels. These damages include over-tightening the hardware, stripping the fastener threads, and stretching the studs. Using the proper tools will also reduce the possibility of warping the brake drums, rotors or hubs.Under- or over-tightening the hardware on your billet wheels can be damaging and dangerous.
Torque specifications are for dry and clean lug nuts or bolts only. The fastener threads should not have any oil, dirt, grit, or corrosion on it. It is important to examine all parts, including wheels and studs and mounting faces of hub and wheels. If any corrosion is found use a wire brush to remove it, and be sure to replace any parts that are damaged. Use only the specified sizes and types of studs and nuts. It is important to avoid the use of any lubrication during the torquing process. The friction at which torque is measured against should come from the hardware seats. Adding lubrication to the hardware threads and seats results in inaccurate torque readings and/or over-torquing of the hardware.
Start attaching your lug nuts or bolts to your billet wheel by hand, and then follow by using a beam or click-type torque wrench to apply the final torque in the correct patterns shown below to confirm the recommended torque value has been reached. It is not recommend using an impact gun or torquing stick when installing your hardware to your custom forged billet wheels. The use of impact guns can damage the hardware and aluminum wheel finish. Impact gun usage can result in loose wheels due to low torque or damaged or broken bolts due to high torque.
Once you have the right tools, use the appropriate crisscross sequence (patterns shown below) for the number of the vehicle's wheel-attaching hardware positions until all have reached their specified torque value.Failure to tighten the nuts in this crisscross pattern will result in misalignment of the billet wheel.
When rechecking torque value, wait for the wheels to cool to room temperature hot billet wheels should not be retorqued. *If you cannot find the vehicle manufacturer's recommended torque spec, you can use the following as a guide.
- 7/16” (55-65)
- 1/2” (75-85)
- 9/16” (95-115)
- 5/8” (135-145)
- 12mm (72-80)
- 14mm (85-95)