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Offline stantheman

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How many people own a torque wrench?
« on: November 05, 2015, 11:41:03 pm »
Makes me wonder how i have managed the last 35yrs of bike ownership without one!...i am sure i will  be told the importance of one though :001:

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Re: How many people own a torque wrench?
« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2015, 01:29:00 am »
*Originally Posted by stantheman [+]
Makes me wonder how i have managed the last 35yrs of bike ownership without one!...i am sure i will  be told the importance of one though :001:
Not important  at all, if you never do any work on your own cycles.

But anybody who now owns an originally purchased 1971 BMW R75/5  and does their own maintenance has known how important torque wrenches are for at least 44 years.

Those who don't know didn't have a bike last for  anything close to 44 years.

BTW, I own at least a dozen torque wrenches.

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Re: How many people own a torque wrench?
« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2015, 01:35:22 am »
I've been repairing bicycles, cars, small engines, air craft, and motorcycles for over 60 years, and I consider torque wrenches necessary tools for any competent mechanic.

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Re: How many people own a torque wrench?
« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2015, 02:19:38 am »
"tight' ain't necessarily 'right'...  I have four... two old beam and 2 new 'click'....
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Re: How many people own a torque wrench?
« Reply #4 on: November 06, 2015, 02:44:56 am »
*Originally Posted by janfmiller [+]
"tight' ain't necessarily 'right'...  I have four... two old beam and 2 new 'click'....
But no digital torque wrenches?

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Re: How many people own a torque wrench?
« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2015, 03:03:27 am »
I have two.  Before I had torque wrenches there were two settings
1) loose
2) farmer tight
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Re: How many people own a torque wrench?
« Reply #6 on: November 06, 2015, 03:34:37 am »
I own one 1/2" torque wrench ( click type ) but about the only time  I regularly use it is to torque wheel nuts on my cars.

I read about a study NASA did years ago to determine the best way to torque a bolt/nut properly.   They concluded the best way was to give an experienced technician a wrench and tell the tech. to tighten that bolt/nut.  Apparently the tech can feel just when the correct stretch is reached. 

I also have used my torque wrench to torque con rod nuts and main bearing fasteners, but that's about it.
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Re: How many people own a torque wrench?
« Reply #7 on: November 06, 2015, 03:39:37 am »
 A motorcycle has numerous fasteners that torque values are critical to its safe operation.  I have 5 wrenches in various drives and capacities. 
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