Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Minneapolis, MN
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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.
Last edited by aj_day; 02-17-14 at 19:49.