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E30 (1982 - 1993)
God's Chariot. The E30 was produced primarily from 1982 through 1991. The cabriolet was the one exception which was produced through 1993.

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Old 05-17-2011, 11:39 PM
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e30 lug nut torque?

simple question i know but google says everything from 50 to 80 i searched the forums but couldn't find anything in the e30 section also i used all my internet so dial up is killing me at a minute per page

standard lug nuts, standard wheels, cheers
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Old 05-18-2011, 12:01 AM
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haynes says 73 ft/ lb bentley says 81 ft/ lb, guess i will just do them to about 76
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Old 05-18-2011, 05:29 AM
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If the wheels are alumnium, it is recommended to recheck the torque after driving them a bit. I do mine at about 80 ft/lbs.
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Old 05-18-2011, 06:41 AM
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100 ft pounds is fine
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when you over torque a lugnut/bolt it changes its tensile strength can cause warped rotors... ect
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Old 05-18-2011, 05:43 PM
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76ft/lb on my old lug torque chart.

on an off note the ferrari f40s lug torque is 428ft/lb.
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Old 05-18-2011, 07:49 PM
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76ft/lb on my old lug torque chart.

on an off note the ferrari f40s lug torque is 428ft/lb.
that was a very off quote man
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Old 05-18-2011, 08:13 PM
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that was a very off quote man
hey i was bored and letting everyone know if they ever have to tighten a lug on a f40, theyre screwed. that if they even have a socket to fit it.
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Old 05-18-2011, 08:33 PM
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I've always done 80 but that is because impacts with torque sticks dont do 76 lol
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Old 05-18-2011, 09:50 PM
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100 ft pounds is fine
You are basing this advice on what?
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Old 05-19-2011, 06:07 AM
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^ warped rotors and years of trolling
Definitely deformed threads
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The e30 i just got, someone either overtorqued the bolts or corrosion set in (I believe the former). Couldn't get the bolts out, so I used a 1/2" drive 18" long torque wrench, a 3" piece of pipe, 1/2 to 3/8 adapter with a 6 pt socket. First the adapter gave way, then the inside of the torque wrench rachet failed. Finally with my biggest 1/2" drive ratchet 12pt socket and the pipe, the bolts boke free. Sounded like a gunshot. Thought the bolts snapped. All 4 wheels were like this.
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The e30 i just got, someone either overtorqued the bolts or corrosion set in (I believe the former). Couldn't get the bolts out, so I used a 1/2" drive 18" long torque wrench, a 3" piece of pipe, 1/2 to 3/8 adapter with a 6 pt socket. First the adapter gave way, then the inside of the torque wrench rachet failed. Finally with my biggest 1/2" drive ratchet 12pt socket and the pipe, the bolts boke free. Sounded like a gunshot. Thought the bolts snapped. All 4 wheels were like this.
thats not too bad. i had to use a 1/2" ratchet and a 6 foot steel pipe once. 3 foot bar wasnt working. everytime the bolts snapped free i thought i had broken my craftsman ratchet, but it held solid. the PO must have been having issues with them coming loose. so he gobbed on loctite and tightened them to Hulk spec. i had a few select words i would like to have shared with the PO after i was done removing all 4 wheels.
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thats not too bad. i had to use a 1/2" ratchet and a 6 foot steel pipe once. 3 foot bar wasnt working. everytime the bolts snapped free i thought i had broken my craftsman ratchet, but it held solid. the PO must have been having issues with them coming loose. so he gobbed on loctite and tightened them to Hulk spec. i had a few select words i would like to have shared with the PO after i was done removing all 4 wheels.
Man, and i thought the 3ft pipe on the wrench was way to much torque.
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Man, and i thought the 3ft pipe on the wrench was way to much torque.
the wheels needed to come off .. by any means necessary.
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the wheels needed to come off .. by any means necessary.
1/2" breaker bar, short 6pt impact socket, 5ft pipe, and my 220 fat ass jumping on that 5 ft pipe. someone cross threaded the lug. ended up breaking the breaker bar and sent the guy on his way somewhere else
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Old 05-20-2011, 05:17 AM
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your making me nervous.. im of to buy myself a brand new 1/2 inch drive socket set tomorrow, god i hope these nuts come loose easily dont want to wreck my stuff as soon as ive got it
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The e30 i just got, someone either overtorqued the bolts or corrosion set in (I believe the former). Couldn't get the bolts out, so I used a 1/2" drive 18" long torque wrench, a 3" piece of pipe, 1/2 to 3/8 adapter with a 6 pt socket. First the adapter gave way, then the inside of the torque wrench rachet failed. Finally with my biggest 1/2" drive ratchet 12pt socket and the pipe, the bolts boke free. Sounded like a gunshot. Thought the bolts snapped. All 4 wheels were like this.
oh yea you had fun
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Old 05-20-2011, 06:35 AM
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dam you guys just keep giving me more and more ideas ... have you guys ever seen the colored power coat lug nugs ? if sooo what size i seen some they wanted like 15$ EACH thats nugs (get it.... nuts ) and they had like 50 diffrent sizes im turning bimmer fest into google for me lol
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dam you guys just keep giving me more and more ideas ... have you guys ever seen the colored power coat lug nugs ? if sooo what size i seen some they wanted like 15$ EACH thats nugs (get it.... nuts ) and they had like 50 diffrent sizes im turning bimmer fest into google for me lol
thats fine .. as long as you use it PROPERLY. if yuo have a question start your own thread. dont keep stealing other peoples threads.
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your making me nervous.. im of to buy myself a brand new 1/2 inch drive socket set tomorrow, god i hope these nuts come loose easily dont want to wreck my stuff as soon as ive got it
buy good stuff with a lifetime replacement and youre fine.
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buy good stuff with a lifetime replacement and youre fine.
Yeah the tools that broke on me were the cheap made in China ones. Most of my tools are craftsman, and I have only broke a few of those in my life. Free replacement even after 20 years.

Anyone try using antisieze on the lug bolts? I've thought about it but I have had a few lug nuts come off while driving long time ago.
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Yeah the tools that broke on me were the cheap made in China ones. Most of my tools are craftsman, and I have only broke a few of those in my life. Free replacement even after 20 years.

Anyone try using antisieze on the lug bolts? I've thought about it but I have had a few lug nuts come off while driving long time ago.
Just once I used anti-seize on our 91 325i - the lugs seemed to bind a little when we first got the car and the anti-seize acted as a lubeand able to apply proper torque. I checked the torque regularly, the lugs didn't loosen.
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