Last Updated: 06/24/97
Lug NutsAlways be sure to check the tightness of your lug
nuts. The spec for the 3rd generation car is 80 lbs/ft or 108 NM (please send me
specs on 1st/2nd gen cars). Most important is that all nuts on a wheel are
tightened equally. Failure to do so can cause brake rotor warping very rapidly.
FWD Acura/Honda cars are particularly susceptible to this when driven hard (I
have experienced it several times on various models). Aftermarket wheels may
cause even more problems when improperly torqued depending on the quality of
their mounting plate (machined surface which mates to the wheel rotor). 80
lbs/ft is typically at the extreme range of many cheaper torque wrenches
(~$20.00) in auto parts stores. A torque wrench is a good investment if you do
any sort of work on your car.
Lug nut torque specs - I have been informed by a
knowledgeable 2nd gen owner that the spec is 80 lbs/ft or 108 Nm for all three
generations. So go buy that torque wrench!
Personal Experience: Checking my lug nuts after getting my latest tires put
on, I found tightness varying up to 10 lbs/ft! Not good and probably the cause
of my front rotor warpage. I also experienced this prob on my last Civic with
aftermarket wheels. Thinking back, my rotors never warped until after I had
taken the wheels off (bought both cars new). Other stories welcome.
Wheel LocksGS-R wheels are very popular with thieves. In
Shawn's area, 4 different GS-Rs in a 5 mile radius had their wheels stolen last
year (his was one - no locks). My aftermarket wheels were also stolen from my
car. I had ordered some non-OEM McGards wheel locks but they were on back order.
Of course they arrived the morning my wheels were stolen. Murphy's Law sucks! :)
McGards appears to be the best known brand and the most recommended among
both owners and mechanics. McGards also manufactures the OEM wheel locks
available from your dealer. This type uses an enclosed key to ensure that the
lock surface does not slip or break. When purchasing wheel locks, be sure the
mating surface is identical to the lug nuts for your wheels (stock or
McGuards do make a non-OEM wheel lock that will fit the factory wheels. These
are the ones that have beveled ends and NOT the ones that comes with washers.
The bevel is so that the wheel will center itself on the lugs properly
However, these non-OEM locks are a little on the long side and sticks out a
little too much. In addition the key comes in a 21mm size which is different
than the stock's 19mm lugnut size. These non-OEM ones cost about $20.00.
The OEM McGuards is the top set while the aftermarket McGuards is the
The McGards OEM locks has a triple nickel-chromed finish. Compared to the
non-OEM ones, they are shorter and fit semi-flush with the wheels. They also
have a smoother bevel to fit nicely with the wheels. The locks will also be
covered under Acura's warranty. And finally the key is the same 19mm size as the
stock lug nuts.
For only a little bit more, you can get the better fitting OEM wheel locks
from A&H Motorsport for only $28.00
plus shipping. They are definitely worth it.