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40% does sound excessive. But I always build to, as I found out after I bought an FSA tension-meter, around 130Kgf. And the inflated tires subtract maybe 10%.

Regards the 130Kgf, I also checked as many old (pre-cheap Park Tool TM-1 tension-meter) wheels people have been riding for years. They almost always were around or above the 130Kgf mark. None had failed. I think those tension-meters are causing unnecessary anxiety among the cycling community.

While I do use a beam torque-wrench to check my work on other components, the specs for rims I will disregard as my wheels have been rolling a long time with no problems, and trued to less then .25mm lateral-true and under .5mm vertical-true.
 
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