Carrying a torque wrench...?

Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by Umarth, Oct 26, 2012.

  1. Umarth

    Umarth Been here awhile

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    not sure if this is the write place for this post, but anyway,

    I'll soon be leaving for a 2-3year RTW trip on my little orange thumper.
    Tool set preaty much all figured out, except for one thing: the torque wrench.
    The main reason why I'm concidering carrying one is that I'm rather ham fisted when it comes to torquing.
    And I would HATE to strip something while in the middle of nowhere because I over torque it, or loose a bolt cause I was affraid of over torquing. Also to note, is that I plan on doing all maintenance and most repairs myself.

    I know I know, it's getting close to bringing the kitchen sink, but this item I see as insurance...

    My question is, for the odd men that do carry a torque wrench; which one do you carry? I'm looking at one from AC delcon, 2-39 ft-lb. at 12" long I think I could live with that. On my ktm, 40+ lbs of torque is rather rare and I'm not so scared of over torquing those any way. I saw another one that was 0-50 ft-lbs but bulkier.
    Price wise, I'm good to up to 250$ for one.
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  2. blues

    blues Long timer

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    Not a torque wrench per se but perhaps use a small, 1/4 inch drive, much tougher to over do it with a short handle. Some thing with a 3 to 4 inch handle. I use them all the time in my garage. Easy to try one.
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  3. WormShanks

    WormShanks b00b

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    That's what I carry as well.
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  4. devo2002

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    Weight matters on a rtw trips especially and torque wrenches are heavy. I'd practice getting a feel on bolts before you leave, compare a today wrench to what u will be bringing
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  5. db-89

    db-89 hole digger

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    you could bring the torque wrench but youd have to bring the manual to have the torque measurements:D
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  6. bemiiten

    bemiiten League of Adventures

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    Torque everything before you leave and make a index mark with a dab of paint. If something needs service on the road, all you need to do is realign your marks.
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  7. rtw02

    rtw02 Been here awhile

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    On our RTW I carried a small (12") norbar brand torque wrench.
    I can't remember the exact scale but it was good for most of my 1984 R80RT BMW.
    Made valve adjustments easier on the mind and tightening up the oil filter cover was never a worry...
    It was borrowed by many bike travellers doing their services in remote locations when stripping a bolt would have been a bit of a problem.
    I had the room in the toolroll and it did not weigh all that much.
    However, when I used it, I set it for about 5NM less than specs (I had a chiltons manual too) and worked my way up from there, as I was never too sure what all that dirt, vibration and rattling around in the panniers did to the calibration.
    All in all I was glad I took it.
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  8. Umarth

    Umarth Been here awhile

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    how reliable is that? cause that sure would simplify life
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  9. crofrog

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    I sure like that 3/8" drive digital torque converter on Amazon for less than $50. Solves a lot of problems and worries.

    Oooops...only goes down to 27nm....that won't do.
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  12. wingnut11

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    That thing looks cool, but batteries do die. If you really need a torque wrench find an old beam type. very simple and not as heavy as many of click types.
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  13. crofrog

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    Personally the thing for me is more the space a torque wrench takes up and the ability to torque common critical fasteners like axle nuts and pinch bolts. Although I'm more worried about the axle nuts because they place side load on the wheel bearings.
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  15. dnrobertson

    dnrobertson Big Bike, Slow Rider

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    Or convert (or obtain) the manual in PDF format and put it on your phone ?? I have my KTMservice and spare parts manuals on my iPhone and use Goodreader.
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  16. bemiiten

    bemiiten League of Adventures

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    Plenty reliable. Give it a try. A couple lbs for a torque wrench doesn't sound like much, but when you start to add up everything you need, every ounce will count. Besides, you would likely need two torque wrenches to cover the range of fasteners.
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  17. bemiiten

    bemiiten League of Adventures

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    Tightening the axle only puts pressure on the inner race of wheel bearings. They are separated by a sleeve to prevent any effect on preload. Their have been instances where the sleeve is too soft a material on certain bikes ,and if over torqued could deform and effect the bearings.
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  18. aftCG

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    We've gone through an exercise at work (We make seriously expensive stuff and 99.99% safety record would leave craters all over the country).

    Bolts can be accurately torqued by "running them down to touch, plus 1/4 turn" or something in order to arrive at a predetermined torque. This was brought to us by a supplier and we had arguments for months over it. We lost and the supplier is right. Warning: :deal that 1/4 turn works for a specifc torque value and is obviously not universal. More in a minute...

    It's certainly a lot more accurate than anyone's reasonably priced chinese, non calibrated torque wrench.

    I'm at home and just did a quick google search and came up empty, but I'll look for the documentation at work that gives a really good idea of what to do in order to arrive at a predetermined torque value.

    The concept put forth of marking all your bolt assemblies with paint is friggin genius, and would work as long as you are putting the same components back together. If you replace one of the components and the thickness is different then it would have an effect. It would still beat the heck out of just cranking it pret'near and hoping for the best.
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  19. SpeedySteve

    SpeedySteve Been here awhile

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    Check these torque sockets out!:clap We use these at work for noob installers. They always overtorque this fiberglass mast, so we give them one of these torque sockets. They act like an extension essentially, but click when the predefined torque has been met. unlike a torque wrench, they will not continue to spin after the set torque has been met.

    They work great, you can set them to any torque, and unlike torque wrenches they are not shock/vibration sensitive.
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  20. Umarth

    Umarth Been here awhile

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    I'm gonna test the 1/4 turn thing and the paint marks to see if it all adds up after multiple loosen/tighten.
    if it pan's out, i'll be leaving the tw home.

    that would be f'n cool!
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