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Old 10-24-2015, 05:32 AM   #1
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Torque and Nitrogen

I'm going to ask 2 simple questions for the vets. How much torque on lug nuts? I believe lug nuts are 1/2"?

Also tires have nitrogen in them where do I go if I need to add air?

Thanks for all your help.

Taking our 2 nd trip and going to Silver Palms for 4 days.
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Old 10-24-2015, 05:39 AM   #2
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Are your Rims Steel or Alum? Have you removed them or torqued them before? Youroo!! Use Air to inflate!
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Old 10-24-2015, 05:51 AM   #3
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Normal torque on a 1/2" stud is 90lb/ft to 120lb/ft. I shoot for 105lb/ft - 110lb/ft regardless of whether it is steel or alum. Steel wheels usually will stay torqued with one tightening to set, whereas alum wheels will take 2-3 tightening's to be set.
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Old 10-24-2015, 06:26 AM   #4
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Just do a search on the keyword Nitrogen and you'll have enough to read over the winter.
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Old 10-24-2015, 06:54 AM   #5
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Talking Nitrogen

I once pulled into a Tire Shop to get a tire aired up.The guy tried to sell me on having all 4 tires filled with Nitrogen, for 20 bucks a tire. I told him, I got 80% Nitrogen in them now, for free.
His reply?
"Uhhh, Where'd ya get that?"
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Old 10-24-2015, 07:16 AM   #6
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I check my pressure once a year, in fact it has not changed in 16 months since I put new tires on with rubber valve stems, no TPMS and Nitrogen.
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Old 10-24-2015, 07:21 AM   #7
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I use a 4 way with my 53 yr old 230lb rear end behind it. I use it before I hit the road and spot check them at every stop. After having the wheels off for anything I check them at 10/25/50 and spot check at every whiz stop, which is more often the older I get. I have never lost a wheel and I have towed a few trailers a few miles. Take your trailer for a safety inspection, brakes, or new tires, and I'll bet you a torque wrench (Snap on or Cornwell, not a HF Pittsburgh pro) that the guy grabbed his trusty impact gun and left them (your nuts) have it. Ask him specifically if they used a torque wrench they'll say "sure did"......they didn't.

It amuses me when people run out and buy a torque wrench at Harbor Freight or Northern China Tool. If that makes you feel better and safer go ahead. Its your money. There is no telling how many lbs/ft theyre getting them to but they feel better. I prefer to spend my money on beer.

Nitrogen? Take a heat gun and peel the advertisement off the side of the trailer.
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Old 10-24-2015, 07:28 AM   #8
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For get the Nitro. I got rid of it in my tires. I have to check lugs every so often as it seems the Aluminum will never stay tight. Check air every trip and yep the aluminum seems to want to loose a little. Later RJD
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Old 10-24-2015, 07:30 AM   #9
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Most Tire Shops use (Torque Sticks) rite or wrong that is what they use! I use My (SnapOn T/R)! Youroo!!
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I torque my wheels at 100 #' and always keep 78% nitrogen in all five tires.
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