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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by hotrod-kenny, May 24, 2008.
How much torque to tighten rear wheel bearings on 46 ford with banjo rear?
Ya ain't tighten the bearings , it's drum/hub to axle. Tight is the word here about 100Ft lbs or better. Use either gennie old Ford nuts or grade 8s. ,grade 5s won't take the torque needed. I'm 180 and put everything i got into a 18 inch breaker. don't forget the cotter pin and recheck after a 100 miles or so. And be SURE the keys are not damaged.
John Evans is right, I torque them to 150 lbs and recheck twice, after the first 100 miles and again at 500. Remember it's the combination of the axle taper the hub and the key that keeps everything together. Just like the tailstock on a lathe the taper must be tight. I have lapped the hub to axle if there was a question of contact. I've never broken a key or axle, but I don't abuse the old banjos either. Good luck, The FOGGER
Go here and open "Axle Nut Torque"
http://www.btc-bci.com/~billben/flathead.htm I just did my 1940 Ford and stopped at 180 foot pounds.
If I'm not mistaken, there is a small felt washer that fits in to a recess on the end of the axle and under the nut. Don't know if it is critical or not. But all of the axles I have taken apart have had them.
That washer is there to stop any oil weepage down the keyway from getting out. A oring makes a good subistute. Be sure there is the washer under the nut also.
My torque tool has a 100 feet pound as max.
Thanks everybody for the advice
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