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Old 05-13-2011
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Default Lug Nut Torque Wrench

I have searched and read then searched and read some more, perhaps I am looking in the wrong place but would like the experts to chime in on this one.

The BB manual says to re-torque lug nuts every 1000 miles and seeing how that can happen quite often I am curious to hear how you fellow Bluebirder's are addressing this maintenance item.

It you guys have your own Torque Wrenches please share brand, purchase location etc...

Another question is it possible to use a torque multiplier and a regular Torque wrench adjusted according to the force multiplication?

Thanks guys and gals.
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Here are a few thread discussions, TIA seems to be the best ans also cost the most.

http://times12.com/wrench.htm

http://www.wanderlodgeownersgroup.co...=torque+wrench

http://www.wanderlodgeownersgroup.co...=torque+wrench

http://www.wanderlodgeownersgroup.co...=torque+wrench

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never done it, never will- tire store did it when I bought new shoes. I don't have a 1 inch drive to do it
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Approximately 200 lbs on the end of a 3 ft bar has sufficed for over 10 years for me. Calibration is done with scales that I check every week or so. (yes, I know that I am cheep) I would bet that less than 0.1% of people check lugs every 1000 miles.
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I've only re-torqued once. When I had my safety inspection done, they told me to come back after 100 miles for re-torquing. Out of 4 sets of lug nuts, one lug nut had slacked off to all of 250 ft-lbs (more likely never got completely tightened initially), the rest were up in the 400-500 ft-lbs range. I asked at Southern Oregon Diesel today since the tech had removed my left rear duals to replace an axle seal. He said they never tell their customers to re-torque. He was a fleet mechanic previously and they never re-torqued the trucks where he was working.
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Default Lug Nut Torque Wrench

OK, so roughly no one really checks. When I read that maint. spec. it seemed a little excessive but then these Birds are BIG and heavy so being a newbie I am being a little cautious.

Thanks to all for the information. Bill thanks for those threads, now I know the path to travel.

Thanks guys.
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OK, so roughly no one really checks. When I read that maint. spec. it seemed a little excessive but then these Birds are BIG and heavy so being a newbie I am being a little cautious.

Thanks to all for the information. Bill thanks for those threads, now I know the path to travel.

Thanks guys.
The first time I showed up at Southern Oregon Diesel in December I showed them my official Blue Bird maintenance schedule. They told me to put it away as in their opinion many of Blue Bird's maintenance requirements were excessive and not cost-effective.
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I bought a 600 # 3/4" Snap on when I needed to torque the balancer bolt on my reman 3208. Works good on lugs, I do 350.
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MY NAPA Everlast torque wrench doesn't seem to work on LH threads. Is this possible? Are all the same?
NAPA finally got back to me and said I needed to disassemble the torque wrench and reverse the head so that the 1/2" drive stud comes out the other side. Up instead of down. Now I am hoping I didn't overstress the lug stud!
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Got one of these used on Ebay I use it with a torquestick. Replaced the X-12.

Large Hammer for Greater Impact Power

Makita 1" Drive Impact Wrench TW1000


Powerful 738 ft.lbs. of Max Torque and large square drive capacity (1") for heavy duty applications
Efficient impact system (1,500 IPM) with less vibration
Impact-resistant aluminum gear case with rubber boot protects the all metal gears and offers increased durability
Rocker switch for forward/reverse operation
Externally accessible brushes for greater serviceability
Ergonomically designed rubberized grip for increased comfort and control
Side handle rotates 360° for operator convenience
Conveniently located sky hook for continuous use or for convenient storage
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