Anyone have a idea as to how much torque the hub bolts should have on a wooden wheel?
You don't want to crush the wood fibers and there is no set torque.I just tighten them and the snug down a bit more.Watch the front plate as it will dig in if you tighten on one bolt only.Use a cross-over pattern to tighten.
Please use the correct hub bolts. NOT just carriage bolts from the hardware store.
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We are getting the bolts from langs. I already did my wheels this past winter but have to do another car. I did as Jack states on my wheels but was wondering if anyone knew of a specific torque recommendation. Thx for the info..
Just snug tight with a 10" wrench.
Then peen or stake over the bolt ends to retain the nut.
Factory peen on bolts, makes it a bit hard to remove, and requires new bolts and nuts again.
Depending on where you live, you may have large seasonal changes in humidity. Jack gave you good advice. If your doing them now, I would also check them in the middle of the winter. Small airplanes with wooden props have the same issue. By all means, no matter whether you check them now or in the winter do as Jack mentioned and do not over tighten. If you crush wood fiber they will be loose sooner than you can imagine.
And, please use the correct nuts which are 11/16 across the flats. I think they are called jamb nuts.