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i was just wondering how much everyone who puts on their own wheels tightens them to? like how many foot pounds?

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I don't know exactly how many foot pounds of torque to use, but when I do mine I start on one, then I go across to the other, then to another, then the one across from it, and so on, and then I go back and retighten the others more, and repeat it until they are all pretty tight..One time I used an impact wrench to put the wheels on and then I broke a socket wrench when I had a blowout trying to stand on it to loosen the lugs... From now on I make sure I have a cheater bar in the damn car!

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hahaha, yah you have to have the cheater bar. thats how i tighten mine too, but the wheels are starting to shudder a little bit, for a moment, when i brake hard, so i wanted to torque all the bolts the same so i wouldn't have this problem anymore

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90 ft/lbs is was i do mine to.

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I believe BMW calls for 80 lbs/ft.

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I believe that camnipotent is correct. And tightning them too tight or uneven can / will warp the rotors. For a high end vehicle like a BMW, each nut should be tightned to the exact recomended torque. As mentioned, for an E36, that would be 80 ft/lbs.

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I just tighten them till I can't anymore. pretty simple. Does anyone know what the psi should be in Toyo proxes? Mine were at 40 when i bought the car. Is that too much? Someone else told me it was better to be at around 30.

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I just tighten them till I can't anymore. pretty simple. Does anyone know what the psi should be in Toyo proxes? Mine were at 40 when i bought the car. Is that too much? Someone else told me it was better to be at around 30.
I recommend verifying those lug nut torques - seriously. It will save you cash in the future.

I have Toyo Proxes T1-S 225/50ZR16 and the owners manual says (if I recall correctly) 30 PSI in the front, 32 PSI in the rear tyres, and 34-36 in the rear ones if you are carrying passengers in the back [for optimal performance.]

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The sidewalls of the tires will show the recommended psi. Mine are at 35.

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Mine are also 35! It's better to have a hard tyre, then too soft!

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I have those same Toyo tires you have, I use about 31 in the front and 32 or 33 in the rear psi, just in case you're wondering. I also tighten the lug nuts until I can't anymore.
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