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    torquing factory wheels...lbs?

    I've tried searching but can't find it...i know i've seen it before
    Can someone tell me how many foot/lbs to torque down on the factory rims? Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by vtjim
    Owner's manual!

    72 is what my 2002 takes.
    and yes...a friendly peep always comes to save the day...thanks!....I forgot about that owner's manual thing...

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    Definitely make sure you don't overtorque them, because Subaru is notorious for warping rotors if the wheels aren't properly torqued.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fsmwrx
    Definitely make sure you don't overtorque them, because Subaru is notorious for warping rotors if the wheels aren't properly torqued.
    luckily i got one of those professional torque wrenches from PepBoys for about $30!!...1/2lb adjustments

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    Quote Originally Posted by vtjim
    Owner's manual!

    72 is what my 2002 takes.
    My 2004 owner's manual says 58 - 72 ft lbs. (page 9-12). Pretty wide range, eh? I use 72.

    Oh, don't forget to re-torque after 50-100 miles.
    Last edited by Sasquatch; 12-10-2004 at 04:40 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SWRX
    luckily i got one of those professional torque wrenches from PepBoys for about $30!!...1/2lb adjustments
    thats good gift idea . .what brand was it? $30 is pretty good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fsmwrx
    Definitely make sure you don't overtorque them, because Subaru is notorious for warping rotors if the wheels aren't properly torqued.
    that's interesting, my rotors start to vibrate a bit when i brake and i was sure that they're begining to overheat and will need replacement soon
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    It could be caused by heat as well, if your hard on the brakes. Overtorqueing and unevenly torqueing your wheels will do it as well. If they are thick enough you can just have them turned to get rid of that warpage causing your vibration when you brake.
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    On my 93 impreza, constant over torquing led to broken lug studs. For the past 5 years I have used a torque wrench and even when it is in a shop I ask to be torqued properly, but the prior strain on them still led to broken lug stud. 4 out of 5 lug nuts will make your subaru look like helter skelter.

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    are the numbers for factory Subaru wheels only or are they for after-market wheels too?

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    pretty sure it's the same. due to the possibility of warped rotors issue. I have had aftermarket rims on my cars for about 7 years now, and have always used the same. It never hurts to just check them after about 100 miles or so tho.

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