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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 06-26-2007, 03:15 AM Thread Starter
 
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Should I bother with a torque wrench?

How many of you use a torque wrench? Do I absolutely need to torque to specified value?

I'm trying to decide if I should get a torque wrench for my stator replacement project.

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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 06-26-2007, 05:48 AM
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Alot of the parts store around here will rent tools.
But if that's not an option for ya, and you don't know someone to borrow one from, it would be a good idea to have one.
Some nuts and bolts are 'good enough' to be tightened by feel, but when gaskets and easily stripped bolt holes are in the equation, use a torque wrench. You'll be glad ya did when ya don't see oil leaking !!


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I second that, particular for bolts/nuts that need a significant torque (like the rear axle nut). You don't have to pay a lot for one, and I use mine all the time.

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I used a torque wrench on all my nuts and bolts on my rebuild. I get a "warmer fuzzier feeling" knowing they are torqued to specs than my guessing..........

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Besides the fact that a bunch of the stuff you'll be torquing is got aluminum in the mix! Even the oil drain gets stripped out by many a gorilla gripped newbie!

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Some of the torque specs in the clutch replacement procedure are VERY light... I wound up repeating some bolts because it didn't seem "natural". So I did it to spec, and nothing stripped and nothing leaks, and I don't worry about it. Get the wrench. Hey, it's a tool any you need it!
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How to pick a good torque wrench

Thanks for the feedback guys!

I hit the web to do a little reading up on torque wrenches but all it did was fill my head with doubts and confusion. I don't wanna take out a bank loan to buy a tool. On the other hand I don't believe in disposable tools either.

What make/model/size you guys using ? I just don't know how to make a smart torque wrench purchase . I figure you're all more experienced at this than I; both you and your bikes are still around to tell the tale so it must be a good enough torque wrench.

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I have a 1/4" 3/8" & 1/2" torque wrenches with the twisting/micrometer handles for setting torque specs from Matco Tools from when I was a mechanic. I needed them almost everyday so I spent the $ on them. You don't need anything that fancy though. I would not spend any money on those cheap $20.00 torque wrenches with a needle that points to the torque value down by the handle, they are not that accurate. Get a good one from Sears or another good tool manufacturer.

Here's a pretty good deal for a 1/4" torque wrench on E-bay that is similar to mine-

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/AUTO-...QQcmdZViewItem

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I bought a Craftsman model 44596 (on sale at $99.99US until 6/30). It covers 80 ft-lbs to less than 8 ft-lbs, and it's covered everything I needed for a spline lube and a clutch replacement. The 80ft-lbs is important.... that's the rear axle nut spec. There are some higher torque requirements - the clutch basket nut spec is 98 ft-lbs. Some are very low; the clutch spring torque spec in my manual shows 6.5 ft-lbs. In the technical forum (the Vulcan Verses) there's a listing of some specs.

I'm pleased with the quality - it's not a commercial grade tool, but they say the tool is 3% accurate which is plenty for me.
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