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Which torque wrench should I get?

Hi all,

I'd like to make sure everything on my 929 is correctly tightened but...
I've searched eBay for TR's but I'm not sure which size or type to go for.
Can anyone suggest a decent general torque wrench and suggest what it's worth spending please?

Many thanks,

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Re: Which torque wrench should I get?

I know you're not shopping in Canada, but I thought I would pass this http://www.canadiantire.ca/browse/product_detail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=140847439 6674301&bmUID=1217942409384&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=84 5524443290632&assortment=primary&fromSearch=true along. It tells you what you should be paying for a pertty decent wrench. I've got a 3/8" drive and a 1/2" drive. Not as accurate as my buddy's Snap-On units, but I didn't need a mortgage to get them.
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Re: Which torque wrench should I get?

Thanks ghbzorro; I'll give that site a look.

All the best,

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Re: Which torque wrench should I get?

For everything except the axle nut, you will need a good Lbs. in. wrench (usually 1/4" drive) and a good 3/8" drive Lbs. Ft. good from 20 Lbs. Ft. and up, which means it starts at about 14 Lbs. Ft.

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Re: Which torque wrench should I get?

Thanks Nedro; this gives me a good idea of what I should go for.

Cheers,

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Re: Which torque wrench should I get?

I have 3 torque wrenches from Harbor Freight(1/4, 3/8 & 1/2"). I know they don't have the best reputation but I tested mine for accuracy against my dads craftsman and they were spot on. Plus, the price is great and they are quite sturdy as mine are 3 years old, used often and holding up well. Harbor Freight Tools
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Re: Which torque wrench should I get?

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I have 3 torque wrenches from Harbor Freight(1/4, 3/8 & 1/2"). I know they don't have the best reputation but I tested mine for accuracy against my dads craftsman and they were spot on. Plus, the price is great and they are quite sturdy as mine are 3 years old, used often and holding up well. Harbor Freight Tools

Those are the same ones I have! Well, plus a digital craftsman one I bought, because I thought it was cool and on a total impulse buy.
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Re: Which torque wrench should I get?

So is it best to have at least a couple? I'm still a bit confused; wouldn't it suffice to go for one wrench that is capable of torquing from 20-150lbs?
Maybe it depends if there's much on the 929 which requires less than 20lbs which I don't know off the top of my head....thanks again for the suggestions though!
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Re: Which torque wrench should I get?

No, because at the ends of the scale, a torque wrench could be off by almost 20%. Also there are many bolts on your bike that require 12 Lbs ft or less of torque. That's why you need at least two wrenches. And one should be a Lbs In wrench.
One more thing about click type wrenches. When using it on a very low torque aplication, I always set the wrench, then put it on a larger bolt to click it a couple of times and it is set. Sometimes, if you don't do that, the wrench will not click when it should and you will over tighten the first bolt. This is really bad for small bolts that go into aluminum. This is true of any click type wrench regardless of how much you payed for it.

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Re: Which torque wrench should I get?

Thanks Nedro; now I'm getting it!

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Re: Which torque wrench should I get?

I have two; 3/8" and 1/2" to cover the lighter chores to the heavier ones. You do not want a one-fit all apporach. I also don't use the scale type but the click types. Make sure you put the click types back to the "stop" position after you are done using it.
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Re: Which torque wrench should I get?

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I have two; 3/8" and 1/2" to cover the lighter chores to the heavier ones. You do not want a one-fit all apporach. I also don't use the scale type but the click types. Make sure you put the click types back to the "stop" position after you are done using it.
This is what I do too. I have a 10-75 and a 20-150. Both Craftsman. I want to get a inch-lb torque wrench too.
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Re: Which torque wrench should I get?

What kind of bolt are you working with? I may get flamed for this, but in my long experience I've found that the only bolts that really require accurate torque settings are those for engine parts. Your general frame and chassis bolts need to be tightened so that they will not come loose. If you're not rebuilding an engine, you can probably skip the torque wrench all together. Watch a pit crew work on a bike. Most likely you'll not see a torque wrench anywhere.
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Re: Which torque wrench should I get?

any4xx, i dont often use a torque wrench and think your right with not needed one all the time, but you never know. With how bikes are engineered these days, everything is pretty much needed for some part in the experience, so peace of mind is worth 100$ or something to me. I use my dads old one, and it works wonders, goes from 5-200 something. Which came in handy as my muffler needed a bolt to be tightened to 9ft-lbs... Weird but interesting. In that case, i tightened it less than i thought should be needed.

Also, torque wrenches... this may be common sense, but dont hold the wrench up close, hold it on the grip provided and further from the drive... if you dont over tighten the bolt.
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Re: Which torque wrench should I get?

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What kind of bolt are you working with? I may get flamed for this, but in my long experience I've found that the only bolts that really require accurate torque settings are those for engine parts. Your general frame and chassis bolts need to be tightened so that they will not come loose. If you're not rebuilding an engine, you can probably skip the torque wrench all together. Watch a pit crew work on a bike. Most likely you'll not see a torque wrench anywhere.
I have to disagree. If torque values were of no importance, why would manufactures go to the trouble of listing values for every nut and bolt on the bike?
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