KTM and torque wrench

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by mroddis, Jan 14, 2013.

  1. DirtJack

    DirtJack Adventurer

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    Google wasn't very helpful on the subject of torque leak. :huh I've always adapted my two 3/8 in wrenches up to 1/2 for axle nuts and down to 1/4 for pinch bolts. Never thought there might be an accuracy problem.
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  2. MortimerSickle

    MortimerSickle Semi-Adventurer

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    Yeah, though I am sure that use of a universal joint, or misuse of a crowfoot wrench would give erroneous readings, I don't see how a drive-size adapter could have a significant effect.
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  3. crazybrit

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    I have 4 torque wrenches.

    3 are Craftsman. One is 1/2" high torque ft/lb, one is 3/8" mid torque ft/lb and the other is 3/8" inch/lb.

    1 is a Harbor Freight 1/4" inch/lb. I usually think the HF is junk but this is ok and actually surprisingly accurate.

    All the Craftsman ones are click type and the quality has really plummeted in recent years. They do not qualify for the lifetime warranty. 90 days IIRC. First thing I do when I get one is mask off the handle and spray the markings on the plastic handle with shellac, else they rub off with use. I've had to replace 2 in the last 5 years and they only get occasional use.

    Remember that the wrench is least accurate at the ends of it's range, so if you need to torque 40 ft/lb, you're better off with a 20-60 than a 40-80. i.e overlapping ranges is good.

    You don't really need a high torque 1/2" unless you're deep into the motor.

    The 1/4" inch/pound is, IMO, really useful. The 1/4" head is smaller plus 1/4" sockets are smaller making it much easier to work in confined spaces. For hard to access areas, something like this is useful also http://www.motionpro.com/motorcycle/partno/08-0134/ Of course KTM can't ever seem to use 12/14mm :D
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  4. MortimerSickle

    MortimerSickle Semi-Adventurer

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    I too, have 3 Craftsman, and 1 HF 1/4" drive.

    I was lucky enough to get some of the last US made Craftsman. So far, they have served me well, and seem to be holding up.

    The current ones are made in China, but look decent. Who knows, they might even be good.
    +1, I keep the HF wrench because my Craftsman in/lb wrench is 3/8 drive, and is occasionally too large to fit into a tight space.

    BTW, if you go with Craftsman, and don't need it right away, wait for a sale. Their $80 wrenches are often on for $50, and sometimes for $40.
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  5. TheMuffinMan

    TheMuffinMan Forest Ranger Magnet

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    I have a HF 1/4" ratchet, 3/8" ratchet and then a huge/long Husky Pro 1/2". The big one is useful for the clutch basket nut, as well as the countershaft sprocket nut. For everything else I use the HF ones.
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  6. el queso

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    I recently looked at a new Craftsman 1/4 torque wrench, but it got horrible reviews on-line and didn't look great in person - very cheap looking. That's when I went the adapter route.
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  7. crazybrit

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    Link? I don't see one on sears.com
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  8. MortimerSickle

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    I couldn't find a Craftsman in 1/4" drive. Maybe that is just as well?
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  9. el queso

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    It's been quite some time so I don't have a specific link to reviews but they were in the 2-3 star range. Reliability seemed to be the biggest issue. And I should say, that was for the new generation micro torque wrenches in general - don't know that I ever saw a 1/4 drive specifically.
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  10. crazybrit

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    Maybe it's just a California thing :D I've never seen one in the Sears here. Or maybe it was so bad they stopped carrying it.

    I wouldn't mind finding a nice used SnapOn or Mac 1/4", though I really don't have a compelling reason (other than ooh, ahh, shiny) as the HF one works fine.
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  11. el queso

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    I've been looking at the CDI and ProTorque 1/4 drives posted earlier in the thread, and my buying finger is getting very itchy, even though I don't really "need" one. But there is one bolt on my 250's cam bridge that is a little tricky with my current set-up. That's enough reason, isn't it? :evil
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  12. Orangecicle

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  13. gweaver

    gweaver NorCal is Best Cal!

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    A little late to the party, but years ago I bought a Husky TW from Home Depot. Pulled it out to do the cam bridges on the 950 and it wasn't working. The ratchet had disengaged, so it would just spin. Took it up to Home Depot, they exchanged it, no questions asked. :D I know some folks don't think too highly of Home Depot/ Lowes branded tools (Husky and Kobalt), but all of my tools are those brands, and with the exception of bending the tips of some flat blade screw drivers, I've had absolutely no problems. They still advertise a lifetime warranty, so I'm happy.
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