Thread: Good torque wrench?
08-20-2007, 11:14 AM #1
Good torque wrench?
Can somebody recommend a good torque wrench that will do everything necessary when working on a ski without being overly expensive. I know I have probably been over tightening bolts and need to make sure this doesn't happen in the future! Specific brands and part numbers are a plus...
08-20-2007, 02:26 PM #2
Its not my snap on that i use in my shop,
but works well for pwc and it fits in my mobil tool kit for on the river repairs.
Randy's a good guy also.
08-20-2007, 02:37 PM #3
Thanks for the link, but that doesn't do much good when intake grate bolts are only supposed to be torqued to 6lbs!
08-20-2007, 03:23 PM #4
You don't need a torque wrench for intake grate bolts...
Most small bolts do not need a torque wrench if you follow good mechanical procedures.
1 Clean all threads on bolts and nuts.
This means wire wheel threads or run a cleaning tap over/thru ALL threads.
If a bolt does not spin in by hand do not go any farther, run a tap down your threads.
This is especially important for people that use lots of sealer and locktite on their fasteners.
2. If a fastener doesn't go in easy that should be a red flag! Fix the problem, don't just torque it down anyways, because you will not get the proper bolt stretch needed to secure your parts, and will probably snap the bolt head or nut off trying.
3. Try not to be just a 'parts changer'.
Try to be aware and observe how parts go together. Notice if both pieces line up flush and the fastener goes in straight with a flush clean fit.
4. Note if the fastener goes all the way home easy and then once all the way in you can feel the bolt start to stretch as you apply more torque.
5. Use the proper wrench or socket with an extension to get yourself up and away from your work. This will allow you to put torque on the fastener in a straight, flush manner.
Hold the head of a ratchet with one hand and the end with the other so it keeps the socket perfectly straight on the nut or bolt with no angle at all.
If you follow good mechanical practices as above, soon you will be able to feel when small bolts are torqued properly by the amount of stretch you 'feel' at the end when the bolt stops turning and starts to stretch.
Head bolts and other high torque fasteners need a torque wrench along with all the above to get a proper torque.
08-20-2007, 03:47 PM #5
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Good advice allcool.
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