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Hey all,

I've been looking for a torque wrench to use on the Lt work but find that I'd need 2 to cover the range of torques required, one from 0-30 NM and another from 30 -150 NM. Anyone know of a wrench that might cover the range 0-60 NM and for a reasonable price and save me having to buy 2?

I've been looking at the adjustable click type rather than the rod and scale versions.

Thanks for the help.

Ron
 

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Kinda in the same boat.

The issue is I would like a digital also.

Thing with torque wrenches is most are the most accurate in the 20-80% of their marked ranges. And I have not seen a solution that I can afford with out going two and following that above advice I have been given, 3 may be needed to stay in the sweet spot of the wrenches.

I have two already, but the high range one is 1/2" and was looking for a digital for it, but in 3/8"

I would also like to hear what everyone is using.
 

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If you have a Harbor Freight close buy, you can buy 2 or even 3 for about the same cost as just one Craftsman tool. These are all click type. I think the 1/2" and 3/8" are both currently on sale for $15, and the 1/4" is on sale for about $20.

No, these aren't as pretty as the Craftsman, but they get the job done.
 

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I have the Craftsman digital torque sensor. Its basically a multimeter hooked up to a strain gauge. It is set up for 1/2" ratchets & sockets, but you can use standard socket adapters to go up or down . Covers all of the ranges you need for the LT. I like the different modes you can select (live torque, target torque). The target mode has an audible alarm, so you don't have to be able to see the readout to know if you torqued it correctly.

Plus, its easier to carry when going to a Tech Day than a regular torque wrench.

I think I paid about $125 for it 3-4 years ago.
 

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Ron,

I have 5 torque wrenches in my box and none of them cover that entire range. :(

I did want to let you know of this site: http://www.onlineconversion.com/torque.htm

I use it often. If you have a ft. lb. wrench, Inch lb. etc. you can go there and do the conversions quickly...no need to have a Nm wrench necessarily. Still a need for at least two wrenches to cover that range though.
 

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Actually, just found one that covers that range. It is listed as a Ft. lb wrench, but since it is electronic, just a press of the button and it converts to Nm or In lbs. - a bit pricey, but really cool. Here's the link:

http://buy1.snapon.com/catalog/item.asp?P65=&tool=all&item_ID=66659&group_ID=17226&store=snapon-store&dir=catalog


Product Specifications
Stock # TECH2FR100
Name Torque Wrench, Electronic, TECHWRENCH, Flex Ratchet, 5 to 100 ft. lbs., 3/8" drive
Price** $332.95
Brand Snap-on
Square Drive, inches 3/8
Head Type Sealed Flex Ratchet
Gear Teeth 36
Gear Action 10º
Range, in. lb. 60-1200
Range, ft. lb. 5-100
Range, N•m 6.7-135

Head Depth, inches 5/8
Head Width, inches 1 5/32
Operating Temperature 40-110°F (5-42°C)
Storage Temperature 0 to 122°F (-20 to 50°C)
Humidity up to 90% non-condensing
Housing Color Red
Ratchet Service Kit RKRF936
Length, inches 17 1/4
 

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You won't approve...

After 40+ years wrenching, I haven't used a torque wrench in years!
I've lost a few bolts forgetting to tighten them at all, but have never broken a bolt or lost a bearing due to incorrect hand torquing. Over 65 bikes worked on!
Big bolts/nuts/screws use larger wrenches, turning harder. Small bolts, smaller wrenches, finger tightening. It's a learned experience.
If Mfg'ers wouldn't overtighten bolts we wouldn't have so hard a time breaking them lose. If bikes were serviced like the mfg'er suggested we wouldn't have bearings going out. Under-sized bearings (FD-Pivot bearings) are a bigger problem than people incorrectly torquing.
After greasing and tightening bearings check to see if they binding/rattle/loose/hard to turn/etc. The correct torque setting is inconsequential if they are too tight or loose.
My pivot bearings were loose when I bought my LT @24k miles but the torque setting from BMW was probably correct initially. All high failure/overstressed/undersized bearings/bolts have to be checked periodically. My high mileage bikes are a testiment to my methods.
 

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Here's the one I have

Here's a link to a review of the one that I have.

http://www.webbikeworld.com/r2/torque/torque.htm

The reviewer didn't seem to like it, but I really do like it. Most places that it doesn't fit, a regular torque wrench won't fit either.

I searched the Sears site and it doesn't come up at all, so I don't know if they still make it or not.
 

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itspossible said:
Hey all,

I've been looking for a torque wrench to use on the Lt work but find that I'd need 2 to cover the range of torques required, one from 0-30 NM and another from 30 -150 NM. Anyone know of a wrench that might cover the range 0-60 NM and for a reasonable price and save me having to buy 2?

I've been looking at the adjustable click type rather than the rod and scale versions.

Thanks for the help.

Ron
Here's mine. 5 to 80 ft. lbs. with Nm scale with easy to read numbers.
Craftsman Torque Wrench, 3/8 in. Drive

Sears item# 00944596000var omEvt="prodView";var omPrds=";00944596000"; Mfr. model# 44596 http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_00944596000P?keyword=00944596000&sLevel=0
 

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cccpastorjack said:
Actually, just found one that covers that range. It is listed as a Ft. lb wrench, but since it is electronic, just a press of the button and it converts to Nm or In lbs. - a bit pricey, but really cool. Here's the link:

http://buy1.snapon.com/catalog/item.asp?P65=&tool=all&item_ID=66659&group_ID=17226&store=snapon-store&dir=catalog


Product Specifications
Stock # TECH2FR100
Name Torque Wrench, Electronic, TECHWRENCH, Flex Ratchet, 5 to 100 ft. lbs., 3/8" drive
Price** $332.95
Brand Snap-on
Square Drive, inches 3/8
Head Type Sealed Flex Ratchet
Gear Teeth 36
Gear Action 10º
Range, in. lb. 60-1200
Range, ft. lb. 5-100
Range, N•m 6.7-135

Head Depth, inches 5/8
Head Width, inches 1 5/32
Operating Temperature 40-110°F (5-42°C)
Storage Temperature 0 to 122°F (-20 to 50°C)
Humidity up to 90% non-condensing
Housing Color Red
Ratchet Service Kit RKRF936
Length, inches 17 1/4
This is a great tool. Of the three wrenches that I have, I use this one the most.
 

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Thanks for all the suggestions everyone, I'll look into a couple.

Ron
 

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Ron,
I now have two Craftsman to cover that range. My newest is the 1/2 that covers the upper range I wanted. As a Tool Club member that one is $75 1/6-12/08. I paid $99 last week but they guarantee the lowest price w/n 30 days of purchase so I will be there 1/6/08 when the sale starts.
The problem I have seen with the electronic Craftsman is it makes for a long reach to the bolt/nut. Space can be an issue plus the need to support the ratchet head since you are working so far out. and...I like the click better. Just my .02
 

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itspossible said:
Hey all,

I've been looking for a torque wrench to use on the Lt work but find that I'd need 2 to cover the range of torques required, one from 0-30 NM and another from 30 -150 NM. Anyone know of a wrench that might cover the range 0-60 NM and for a reasonable price and save me having to buy 2?

I've been looking at the adjustable click type rather than the rod and scale versions.

Thanks for the help.

Ron
check out Sears. Mine is both digital and dual (Metric and English) from Sears and covers upto 60N.
 

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looks like Sears it is, thx all.

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I received this today!!!

From the 1st at 10:18 PM when I ordered it in this post.

179.00 to the door.

It is what Sears sells, and looks like a very nice unit upon first glance.

Have not had a chance to play with it but will, and I will check all my "clickers" against it, since it comes certified accurate with a certificate.

If I though I needed more would have jumped on that Snap On. I use a lot of Snap On tools I bought at a point in my life when I needed them for my job, but this one is close enough for me, and half the cost.

Anyway great service from the vendor.


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