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Old 07-24-2016, 08:44 PM
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Jeep Sabotage

After two weeks of working on the engine, I drive the Jeep off the driveway and the tire falls off...

The hubs are new and the lug nuts were torqued to 100 ft lbs. I had them off on my trip to Rush, drove about 250 miles on them, and parked it for two weeks until today. By the look of the studs, the lug nuts didn't just strip off, they were loose to the point where they shot off.

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Old 07-24-2016, 08:49 PM   #2
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Dang. Not good at all.

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Old 07-24-2016, 09:06 PM   #3
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If it make should feel any better I forgot to tighten somebody's rear wheels Saturday. Thankfully they only got the edge of the sidewalk before a wheel fell off. They're getting a new wheel, nothing else was damaged (thank god).
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Old 07-24-2016, 09:47 PM
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I'll admit that I'm forgetful, but I never forget to tighten important bolts and nuts like these. I at least have them air tight, about 75 or 80 ft lbs. But I'm a torque Nazi with some things.

I just changed the hub out with the old one, until the new one comes. Setup to cleanup it took 35 minutes, I'm getting good at this. I know exactly what tools to use and how to do it.

I cannot rent a torque wrench tonight for 175 ft lbs, but I weigh 185 lbs so I just put all my weight on a breaker bar about 11.5" out.

Checked out all the other lug nuts and they were all tight.
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That sucks... I drink and smoke when I work on my Jeep, sometimes I forget the dumbest things lol.
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MudMagnet, I see you have mag style wheels. I seem to remember that steel wheels came with shorter lugs than Jeeps equipped with alloy wheels. Could it be that you don't have enough thread contact due to thicker alloy aftermarket wheels?

I found an affordable 250 Lb. torque wrench at Sears when I had to change a hub on a prior XJ.

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I would think if your wheel came lose while on your trip that the alloy wheels would have the lug holes chewed all out, and you would not be able to remount that rim, in the pics your wheel looked fine, Maybe someone just want to use Your wheels for a while and got stopped before they could get all four off, Better check the others.
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that happened to me yrs and yrs ago when I had my Golden Eagle.I was at a bar and going home heard a racket,checked it out and found some slime ball had removed all but one lug....russ
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"I just changed the hub out with the old one, until the new one comes. Setup to cleanup it took 35 minutes, I'm getting good at this. I know exactly what tools to use and how to do it."

I've never had a reason to take my hub off yet, so i'm just asking for my own benefit. Why do you have to change the hub, can't you just press in new studs like other vehicles, or run a die over the buggered up ones to chase the threads?

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