Yep, axle nut.Are you talking about the axle nut? If so torque it to 53 and then back it off 1/4 to1/2 a turn so the hub will spend freely. The socket for the it is a Powerbuilt 648475 if you need it. Some do it without though.
Yep, I've got the socket thinger. I bought one last year when I did the same type of rebuild on my 14 bolt FF axle in my farm truck. I guess with this truck I'm being a bit paranoid (overly cautious) about tightness of that nut since I drive the truck a LOT.
I tightened to 50 ft lbs, then backed off the nut, then tightened by hand using just the socket and my hand around teh socket. One spot feels a bit too tight, one feels decent, but maybe still a tad tight, but the next looser spot I can feel lateral movement when I grab the rotor and rock it back and forth as if I was trying to pull it off. I can actually feel it if I grab just the wheel studs (so i know it's bearing looseness, not the rotor wobbling on the hub assembly)
With what I described, does the loose setting sound "too loose"?