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Wheel lug torque wrench affordable reccomendation #4537928
10/09/17 10:41 AM
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twouvakind Offline OP
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Subject line says it all, one more thing to cram in the toolbox. Any suggestions?

Re: Wheel lug torque wrench affordable reccomendation [Re: twouvakind] #4537931
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Re: Wheel lug torque wrench affordable reccomendation [Re: LeakySeals] #4537937
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twouvakind Offline OP
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And a 20% off coupon in most Sunday papers! Thank you.



Re: Wheel lug torque wrench affordable reccomendation [Re: twouvakind] #4537944
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Lifetime warranty as well. So if you drop it or can somehow tell its out of spec, they'll replace it for free.


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Re: Wheel lug torque wrench affordable reccomendation [Re: twouvakind] #4537945
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Originally Posted By: twouvakind
And a 20% off coupon in most Sunday papers! Thank you.



How about $9.99?



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Re: Wheel lug torque wrench affordable reccomendation [Re: twouvakind] #4537946
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I have all 3 sizes 1/4 3/8 1/2 and they work well for a inexpensive tool...


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Re: Wheel lug torque wrench affordable reccomendation [Re: twouvakind] #4537951
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I prefer for my torque wrenches to be one of the things I donít skimp on. I have a CDI and a PI. Still need a good quarter inch one.


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Re: Wheel lug torque wrench affordable reccomendation [Re: twouvakind] #4537965
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I learned the hard way that my Walmart special torque wrench would not click when dialed to the torques specified for the aluminum wheels on my Subaru.
I bought a Kobalt 1/2 inch unit at Lowe's and it works a lot better, although I really have no idea how accurate it is.

BTW, I could swear my dad had torque wrenches that would just spin when they reached the specified torque...is my memory totally hosed? Can't look at them to find out, my sister sold them (as well as our grandfather's case of carpenter's tools from the turn of the last century) for peanuts just before she went through foreclosure.


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Re: Wheel lug torque wrench affordable reccomendation [Re: twouvakind] #4537968
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Oh man, wish I had seen that sale, I paid $19.99 I feel cheated lol!


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Re: Wheel lug torque wrench affordable reccomendation [Re: twouvakind] #4537970
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When buying a torque wrench, decide if measuring or torquing in the CCW direct is important to you,
lots of bargain torque wrenches only work in one direction!

Key thing is to stay away from Torque Sticks on impact guns, they never worked but were 'fast' for rushed mechanics!

If you tried one, measure the release torque with a torque wrench, you'd be surprised how far off they are!

BAD NEWS: TORQUE STICKS ní IMPACT GUNS
https://app.box.com/s/g8s47dm0woyz65ybundz

Re: Wheel lug torque wrench affordable reccomendation [Re: twouvakind] #4537976
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The HF one is good for lug nuts and most suspension stuff. Just make sure to "untorque" it for storage.


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Re: Wheel lug torque wrench affordable reccomendation [Re: i_hate_autofraud] #4538021
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Originally Posted By: i_hate_autofraud

When buying a torque wrench, decide if measuring or torquing in the CCW direct is important to you,
lots of bargain torque wrenches only work in one direction!

Key thing is to stay away from Torque Sticks on impact guns, they never worked but were 'fast' for rushed mechanics!

If you tried one, measure the release torque with a torque wrench, you'd be surprised how far off they are!

BAD NEWS: TORQUE STICKS ní IMPACT GUNS
https://app.box.com/s/g8s47dm0woyz65ybundz


you post that torque stick scam way too much.. that article itself is nearly a scam.
They dont go into detail and ignore common knowledge to help their point.

Did you even read that poorly written ignorant article?

I particularly like how they feel your wheels are overtightened because they dont allow for
the lug nuts to sit over the winter get salted etc..

no they will tell you if they are tightened to 70lb-ft it should only take 70 lb-ft to remove them YEARS LATER.

Torque sticks arent fraudulent they require
A) a non idiot operator
B) the correct torque sticks with the correct impact wrench.

if you use torque sticks that were designed for a 300lb-ft impact with a 1200lb-ft impact yes they wont be accurate. If you hammer down for 90seconds.. yes they will overtighten.

I used the HF torque sticks with my IR electric impact rated at 300lb-ft
and they were very consistent. of course I would final tighten with a torque wrench.

That all being said my dewalt dcf899 on setting 1 is very good at tightening to about 60lb-ft so that works for me.. and of course final tighten with torque wrench.


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Re: Wheel lug torque wrench affordable reccomendation [Re: twouvakind] #4538043
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I watched a guy on YouTube using a Harbor Freight torque wrench to tighten the floor bolts on his new vehicle lift installation. The handle kept coming loose from the torque setting. All there is is a tiny little bolt on the end of the handle to lock the torque setting in place and apparently it's not working too well.

Re: Wheel lug torque wrench affordable reccomendation [Re: twouvakind] #4538075
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As already mentioned you can't beat the HF wrench for the money. I have have the 1/2" drive wrench and use it for lug nuts to save wear and tear on my better more expensive torque wrenches. The HF tool is surprisingly accurate and works well. If I have any problems with it they'll take it back and swap it out for another. I haven't had to do that in the three years that I've owned it.


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Re: Wheel lug torque wrench affordable reccomendation [Re: Merkava_4] #4538104
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Originally Posted By: Merkava_4
I watched a guy on YouTube using a Harbor Freight torque wrench to tighten the floor bolts on his new vehicle lift installation. The handle kept coming loose from the torque setting. All there is is a tiny little bolt on the end of the handle to lock the torque setting in place and apparently it's not working too well.


Right now that torque wrench is $10. So I could buy a few and keep tossing them if they fail. So far I've had no issues. I need an extension to clear the tire, which makes me wonder how accurate, how much flex I'm getting. But thats not the wrench's fault..


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