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Old 07-14-2014, 01:31 PM   #1
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Got Torque?

how many of you actually torque your wheels down?
how many of you just make it as tight as you can?
I think our cars need 100 ft pounds on the lug nuts?
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I'm guilty of just ratcheting them on then tightening them down as much as I can with the tire iron. I'm also guilty of not owning a torque wrench though.

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I wind up changing wheels quite a bit for autocross and I torque them to spec.
No sense in taking the chance and breaking a lug.

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Torqued to 100ft-lb every time


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All I have currently is a Bean type torque wrench and well I have a hard time thinking this thing can be accurate lol
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Nothing wrong with a good beam type torque wrench but it can be tricky to see where the pointer is. I prefer a good clicker type for ease of use and repeatability when I can't see the pointer, like when I am torquing lug nuts.

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Old 07-14-2014, 03:59 PM   #7
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100 ft lbs every time a wheel comes off. Thank god for torque sticks and an impact gun
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I bought an impact gun that can dial in certain torque, but unfortunately I have the world's worst doughnut air compressor (e-volt) so it can't even get and hold enough pressure to be reliable enough for the gun. Works great for all my woodworking though!
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just don't want to spend the money buying one for a one time use. I have the beam style, I guess it will give me a good enough idea
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Ironically, I visited Harbor Freight today and they had click style torque wrenches for only $22 (Pittsburgh Pro). I ended up picking up a 1/2" wrench. I'm ashamed to say this was my first time in a Harbor Freight - but it will definitely not be my last!
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Torqued to 100ft-lb every time


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This. Shouldn't be any other way.
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Ironically, I visited Harbor Freight today and they had click style torque wrenches for only $22 (Pittsburgh Pro). I ended up picking up a 1/2" wrench. I'm ashamed to say this was my first time in a Harbor Freight - but it will definitely not be my last!
Does yours go past 80ft lbs because the 1/2 clicker one I got from them only goes to 80. I have a beam style that goes to more tho.
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Does yours go past 80ft lbs because the 1/2 clicker one I got from them only goes to 80. I have a beam style that goes to more tho.

my beam style goes to 150. are these actually reliable scottydsntknow? I am sure torqueing my lug nuts with just
strength is good enough but checking them with this torque wrench just seems cheap or something unreliable. I could be wrong and they can get great, who knows.
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I'd sooner guess than trust anything from Harbor Freight. If ever there was a tool not to go cheap on this would be it.
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I just tighten mine down as much as I can. Never had a problem with them coming loose and definitely never broke a stud.

I use torque specs for everything else, but wheels I've never has a problem with. Just my opinion though. Don't take my word for it though.

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Ironically, I visited Harbor Freight today and they had click style torque wrenches for only $22 (Pittsburgh Pro). I ended up picking up a 1/2" wrench. I'm ashamed to say this was my first time in a Harbor Freight - but it will definitely not be my last!
Like someone else said.....don't trust anything from Harbor Freight. I can vouch for that torque wrench being a piece of crap.
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I might just buy one of the torque readers that you can attach to your normal socket wrench. there sold for around 40-50 dollars
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Torque wrenches are like other tools. Buy once cry once. Save up and get a quality torque wrench from a company with a reputation for quality like Mac or Snap-On.

A torque wrench is an essential piece of kit for anyone doing any mods or basic maintenance and should be at or near the top of the list for must have tools.

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haha Buy once Cry once. 100+ dollars for 3 minutes of use.
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Religiously use a torque wrench each and every time the lug nuts come off, torqued in a star pattern, twice, but I use 96 lb ft instead of 100 lb ft, as I figure that by the time the click happens and you stop applying force, your probably a touch over 100 lb ft already.

Why wouldn't you use one? Only in a pinch where you're changing a flat-tire out on the road, but that's it.

I prefer to know the wheels are securely on, and secondly, that I haven't over-torqued the lug nuts to potentially cause the brake rotors to warp, or ruin the lug nuts, studs, or the lug nut acorn seat on the wheel.
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In the long run, it is always better to to the job right the first time than it is to fix the problems that result from not doing it right the first time. A large part of being able to do this is having and using the correct tools for the proper application. Over your lifetime you will use a good torque wrench a lot.

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I might just buy one of the torque readers that you can attach to your normal socket wrench. there sold for around 40-50 dollars
Or you could go to sears and get a craft man on for a couple dollars more and know you have the right torque

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Hey, my beam wrench is a craftsman lol. I actually did verify the HF wrench was spot on at 22ft lbs for the PI intake with the beam torque wrench tho. Go figure. Lots of clicker torque wrenches go bad from ppl dropping them or not putting them down to the lowest torque setting when they are done.
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I wasn't picking on the beam kind I've used the many times lol even the old ones with a little dial face to show the torque but if some one is gonna spend $50 on an adaptor just spend 60 for the real thing lol

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Heh, you guys should see the SnapOn jobbers we use to torque aircraft wheels. 400ft lbs to seat the bearings.
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I have a 250 ft lb snap on for work u can only imaging a 400 plus ft lb one lol and the price tag

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My first torque wrench, beam type, was purchased mainly for my wheels. Now I have a clicker. One click and done. It clicks and you hit your setting. Why do most people click them twice?
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My first torque wrench, beam type, was purchased mainly for my wheels. Now I have a clicker. One click and done. It clicks and you hit your setting. Why do most people click them twice?
To ensure that it is actually torqued and making sure that you didn't just make it click by yanking it.
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Now THAT is the first time I heard that one. I can see that. Good answer.
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Starting with the 2015 year the wheel lug nut torque is now 150lbs.
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I've been torquing mine to 110-115 ft-lbs with my crafstman click wrench. 100 just felt too easy to get them off, though they never actually came loose on their own.
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