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Torque wrench?

Hey guys gonna start warmin up soon so it's time to start tinkering. What's a good torque wrench that's a decent price?


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I can't recommend a specific brand or model but you will need two. One for the smaller fasteners (max 50 lb-ft) and one for the larger (max 150 lb-ft). Beam-types are the cheapest but harder to read to VERY specific values. Click-types are much more expensive but easy to set the value. One drawback to the click type is that they should be recalibrated periodically but I'll bet there's not one user in one hundred that does so. Beam types are calibrated forever unless used way past their limits such that they get a permanent bend. Sears is the fallback source for tools for a lot of people. I have two of their beam type. If you go click type, don't go cheap.
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I have been pretty happy with Craftsmen torque wrenches. A good balance of price and quality for my own purposes. They also carry a great warranty. Better than cheap home improvement store versions, but not as good as aviation caliber tools. Pay attention to the LOWEST torque rating. Our bikes have bolts with torque ratings down to 7nm. Many torque wrenches only go down to 20nm. The 3/8in craftsman at least goes down to 10nm.

Torque wrench specs can be a rabbit hole. Check a few aviation forums and you will find reams of technical info on reliability and testing standards. If you want to be a torque wrench nerd, go with snap-on, mac, or an aviation specific manufacturer. Expect to spend $300+ per wrench. I am not sure that +/- .01 accuracy is necessary for motorcycle maintenance, but I do recommend steering clear of cheap ones. I stripped the pinch bolt threads in my lower fork leg casting using a sub-par torque wrench.

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I bought a $40 clicker from NAPA. Found a DIY test on the net and it checked out just fine.


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Hate to admit it but I use the cheap Harbor Freight torque wrenches.
they work- haven't had a problem.

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Good thread, I was wondering about this myself. Is Schwaben a good brand?


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Hate to admit it but I use the cheap Harbor Freight torque wrenches.
they work- haven't had a problem.
I've used them in comparison to Stanley Proto before, and the 1/2" one was spot on when looking at settings for higher amounts such as wheels. I'm not sure if I'd trust it for lightweight specs though. Not sure how good their quality control from item to item is.

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I have been pretty happy with Craftsmen torque wrenches.
I had a crasftsman and it fell apart. Now I have a Harbor Freight and it's reliable as hell. (both click style) Ironic isn't it?

Key to sucess with these is to use them at 70 degrees, and crank the torque setting down to zero before you store them.

If you use these wrenches cold, you are over torquing bolts. And if you don't set them back to zero, they loose their calibration.
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I've used them in comparison to Stanley Proto before, and the 1/2" one was spot on when looking at settings for higher amounts such as wheels. I'm not sure if I'd trust it for lightweight specs though. Not sure how good their quality control from item to item is.

You are only supposed to use a torque wrench in the middle 80% of its range. A 1/2" wrench is too much for anything other than wheels and the other big torque bolts. 3/8" is what you need for 99% of the bike.


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