It is no secret that the Tesla Model 3 is one of the most innovative EV vehicles of all time. The team at Tesla made electric vehicles sexy and it’s hard to travel more than a few miles without seeing one. Since performance upgrades are out the window for most Model 3 owners, many are turning to aftermarket wheels to customize their Teslas. At Velgen Wheels, we offer a wide variety of wheels that can be designed to fit your Model 3. Today, we are going to look at the wheel torque specs and how to properly torque your lug nuts to give you everything you need to know about mounting your new Velgen Wheels.
Lug Nut Torque
129 lb. ft (175 Nm)
What Are Wheel Torque Specs?
Wheel torque specs refer to the torque or rotational force required to secure lug nuts and ensure safe wheel assembly. These values are generally calculated based on the manufacturer's specifications. They depend on the wheel type, the size of the lug nuts, the thread pitch, and the vehicle's weight and engine power. Proper torque application helps prevent wheels from becoming loose or falling off, which can cause accidents. Incorrect torque can also cause damage to the wheel or the brake system. Hence, it is essential to use a torque wrench to tighten lug nuts to the correct specification and verify the torque with a dependable torque checker tool.
How To Properly Torque Wheels
Properly torquing lug nuts is crucial for maintaining the safety and performance of a vehicle. Here are the steps to follow when torquing lug nuts:
- Choose the correct torque specification: Refer to the vehicle owner's manual or the specifications above to determine the appropriate torque level for the lug nuts. It is important to use the correct specification as over-tightened lug nuts can damage the wheel or under-tightened lug nuts can result in the wheel coming loose.
- Tighten in a star pattern: Start with one lug nut and tighten to about half the torque specification. Move across to the opposite lug nut and repeat the process. Continue this pattern until all lug nuts are tightened to half the specification.
- Repeat the star pattern: Tighten each lug nut to the full torque specification in the same star pattern used in step 2. This ensures that the wheel is evenly tightened and reduces the risk of it coming loose.
- Use a torque wrench: It is best practice to use a torque wrench to achieve the correct torque level. A torque wrench can accurately measure the force applied to the lug nut and prevent over-tightening.
- Re-torque after driving: After driving for a short period of time, re-check and retorque the lug nuts to ensure they have not loosened. This is especially important after installing new wheels or tires.
By following these steps, you can properly torque your lug nuts and ensure the safety and performance of your vehicle. Remember to always use the correct torque specification and a torque wrench for accurate results.
Tesla Model 3 Wheels At Velgen Wheels
If you are looking to give your Tesla Model 3 a much-needed upgrade in the wheel department, look no further than Velgen Wheels. We offer a great selection of aftermarket wheels for Tesla Model 3s and our team of wheel experts can help you get the perfect offset and backspacing for your specific setup.