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Torque wrench recommendation

Can anyone recommend an "all-around" (if there's such a thing) torque wrench? I am new owner of a 2013 V and plan to do some of the maintenance on the bike, not the major stuff, and I figured a torque wrench would be a nice addition to my tool set... I don't want to buy the high end, or the cheapest one, just the median priced wrench that can do the job.

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The ones (Pittsburgh Click Type Torque Wrenches) from Harbor Freight Tools have come up as quite good on comparison tests. Watch for ads in the back of cycle mags and you can buy them for $9.99 each, and I recommend ALL three - 1/4", 3/8" and 1/2".

FWIW I have TWO Snap-On ones (1/2" and 3/8") as well as an H-F 1/4" and 3/8" here in BC, as well as a full set of H-F ones in AZ.

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The ones (Pittsburgh Click Type Torque Wrenches) from Harbor Freight Tools have come up as quite good on comparison tests. Watch for ads in the back of cycle mags and you can buy them for $9.99 each, and I recommend ALL three - 1/4", 3/8" and 1/2".

FWIW I have TWO Snap-On ones (1/2" and 3/8") as well as an H-F 1/4" and 3/8" here in BC, as well as a full set of H-F ones in AZ.
Gee Fast Eddie ... 2 SnapOn torque wrenches ...
I should have sold you that bracket at a much higher price



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I trust the cheaper beam type more than the click type. Beam type almost cannot go out of calibration.

I also have this one which goes from 5 ft lbs to 105. It automatically converts from inch pounds to foot pounds to newton meters. It beeps and vibrates.



Plus I have a 250 ft lb snap on torsion bar type.

2 really old craftsman beam types, one 3/8 and one 1/2" drive.

ALL read the same when compared to each other.

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Gee Fast Eddie ... 2 SnapOn torque wrenches ...
I should have sold you that bracket at a much higher price



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Phil - I paid about $50 for my 1/2" Snap-On clicker at a pawn-shop in Winnipeg (1989ish...?), and the 3/8" Snap-On dial type for about the same at a Calgary pawn shop (in 1996...?). Snap-On will calibrate theirs FOREVER! (Oh, and BTW - I ALSO have a 3/8" beam-type.) Can't have TOO MANY good tools!

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I paid $25 at Princess Auto for mine. I would not recommend a cheap one like this as they break and are less a accurate than seat of.the pants feel and guestimation.

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I trust the cheaper beam type more than the click type. Beam type almost cannot go out of calibration.

I also have this one which goes from 5 ft lbs to 105. It automatically converts from inch pounds to foot pounds to newton meters. It beeps and vibrates.



Plus I have a 250 ft lb snap on torsion bar type.

2 really old craftsman beam types, one 3/8 and one 1/2" drive.

ALL read the same when compared to each other.

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What's with the bent breaker bar?

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If an 18" breaker bar is good, then 36" of pipe on the end must be great.
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Can anyone recommend an "all-around" (if there's such a thing) torque wrench? I am new owner of a 2013 V and plan to do some of the maintenance on the bike, not the major stuff, and I figured a torque wrench would be a nice addition to my tool set... I don't want to buy the high end, or the cheapest one, just the median priced wrench that can do the job.

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If you live in canada, canadian tire have 2 mastercraft model that come on sale on a regular basis and the one I have is doing perfectly the job ... BTW they come calibrated with a certification paper ...


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If an 18" breaker bar is good, then 36" of pipe on the end must be great.
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One thing I'll recommend to any of you who're "torque-wrench" virgins... NEVER use your torque-wrench as a 'breaker-bar' to remove nuts or bolts. ONLY use it to do them up.

(IF you're wondering about that recommendation... I'm "told" that Snap-On will repair a broken ratcheting mechanism.... )

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What's with the bent breaker bar?
JMO I think this illustrates a cmoplication of incomplete understanding.
If I throw a pipe over my breaker bar I will increase the amount of torque that can be applied....but it's applied eccentricly (binding the fastener). That explains my T-handle and impact wrench, which apply the force reasonably concentric.
I'll run it past the dog when I get home.
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build one with a normal wrench add some strain gages at 90degrees from one another, run it through a wheatstone bridge, easy peasy
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I've had good luck with my Sears Craftsman. The type where you turn the bottom part of the handle to dial in the torque. I'm careful not to drop them, and I turn them back to 0 when finished. Don't turn them a lot below 0, or so I've heard.
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One thing I'll recommend to any of you who're "torque-wrench" virgins... NEVER use your torque-wrench as a 'breaker-bar' to remove nuts or bolts. ONLY use it to do them up.
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The ones (Pittsburgh Click Type Torque Wrenches) from Harbor Freight Tools have come up as quite good on comparison tests. Watch for ads in the back of cycle mags and you can buy them for $9.99 each, and I recommend ALL three - 1/4", 3/8" and 1/2".

FWIW I have TWO Snap-On ones (1/2" and 3/8") as well as an H-F 1/4" and 3/8" here in BC, as well as a full set of H-F ones in AZ.
Like others - I purchased my Torque Wrenches from Harbor Freight. I just set them a bit higher than recommended so I know its "tight" enough.

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My "little one" for oil changes:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000MB53ZE
Neiko's torque wrench is actually identical to Harbour Freight's chinese made 'Pittsburgh Pro'.

http://www.harborfreight.com/catalog...=torque+wrench

http://www.garagejournal.com/forum/s...ad.php?t=93022

http://www.garagejournal.com/forum/s...d.php?t=188553

http://www.garagejournal.com/forum/s...d.php?t=192976

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What's with the bent breaker bar?
It was from another job. Its a 1/2" drive 36" long Snap On bar. YES I put a 4' pipe on it and went after those lug nuts with all I had. I did get them loose.

Just bragging rights. It takes a lotta balls to bend one of those. Snap on replaced it no problem.

I agree don't use your torque wrench to break bolts free or as a breaker bar. Sometimes there is one heck of a jump when the bolt first turns. This could trash your torque wrench.

The techwrench in the photo I just purchased to work on my bikes. Been using the beam type for years. I have one in inch pounds and one in foot pounds. I needed something in Newton Meters. Nice for those little bolts that hold the cam shaft in the head. 106 inch pounds isn't much for my fat hands. Its a nice tool, but not required to do a good job, any reasonably accurate torque wrench will work.

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Like others - I purchased my Torque Wrenches from Harbor Freight. I just set them a bit higher than recommended so I know its "tight" enough....
Do you realize that whatever error your wrench MIGHT have is as likely to be + as it is -, so I would suggest that you don't ASSUME it's low, and add more torque, because busting a fastener isn't a lot of fun....

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For the home wrencher, not one to use it daily or for a fee, the inexpensive click types are fiarly accurate in the middle range. Using them at extremes is a little spotty. I have owned several of these, and we use them in a 9001 cert plant. I used to supervise the calibration tech, and had all my cheapos checked full range. My suggestion, b e sure you dont use for breaking, or tightening. Just use them for snugging, and relieve the spring daily, never store other than zero settings.

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