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Old 07-05-2012, 01:55 PM   #63
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Originally Posted by josephi View Post
Wow. I believe the torque spec for those studs is only about 11 ft/lbs, and the cap nuts is about 8 ft/lbs, which is very light and shouldn't have resulted in stripped threads. Was the VCG replaced before, and is it possible that someone else may have overtightened the nuts/studs and weakened the threads in the process?
Quite possible really. I recall when I replace the gasket for the first time that one of the nut caps had two washers, so someone must have done this before. I also recall this specific stupid nut cap not tightening correctly. I can get it to a max of maybe 8 nm (spec says 10 nm).

Oh well, I just have to fix what someone else broke I guess. I'm trying to be positive and think of this as training for my future M3 !
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