Torque Wrenches

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  1. TedyDarwin

    TedyDarwin Been here awhile

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    Was wondering if anyone has any recommendations for torque wrenches. I have been researching them a bit and found most of them are for automotive and have very high torque specs. So I found some made for bicycles that look quite good. They are from Park Tools and look to have 90% of the torque specs for the repairs/adjustments I would make at home.
    These are what I found:
    Park Tools TW 5.2 (2-14 nm)
    https://www.amazon.com/Park-Tool-TW...F8&qid=1540825986&sr=8-4&keywords=park+torque
    Park Tools TW 6 (10-60 nm)
    https://www.amazon.com/Park-Tool-Ra...F8&qid=1540826914&sr=8-9&keywords=park+torque

    I want to buy good quality torque wrenches because I know torque specs are important. Does anyone use any that they would recommend that fall within the torque specs of the water-cooled R1200GS?
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  2. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    You need two. Footpounds and inch pounds.
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  3. wakdady

    wakdady Adventurer

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    get a snap on 3/8 digital torque wrench. goes from 5ft/lbs to 100. will display, NM, ft/lb, in/lb.
    atech2fr100b is the model I have and it's wonderful.
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  4. henrys

    henrys Been here awhile

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    You really want 3... 1/4 (in-lb), 3/8 and 1/2 drive
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  5. lewisjr1

    lewisjr1 Long timer Supporter

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    Even when I got paid to work on Bimmers, I didn't have that much money sunk into a torque wrench; special tools, sure, but not everyday items. Were I to step up to that plate, FACOM would be my brand of choice, and I'd still save a couple of hundred bucks.

    There's nothing wrong with the Park Tools brand that OP inquired about, though the addition of their blue paint is pretty expensive. Honestly, were it me who was building a tool set for a GS, I'd likely go with the alternative model listed on that Amazon web pg. for the 10-60nm wrench.

    There's nothing magical about these wrenches. You need a good one, but it doesn't have to be great. The 3/8" drive it definitely the size to go with for one's first wrench to be applied to a motorcycle, or a car. I own a 1/4" torque set, but it's been used fewer than a dozen times on my bikes. And 1/2" torque wrenches aren't required very often on a bike, at least not outside of major component repair.
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  6. PaulBarton

    PaulBarton Long timer Supporter

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    Craftsman used to have some quality ones in the three sizes you need (listed above). At Christmas each year they would go on sale. For about $150 you could get all three. I'm sure I have the craftsman part numbers somewhere but I don't know that they exist in that iteration anymore. I know that Sears sold off the Craftsman name.
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  7. yaycep

    yaycep Been here awhile

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    The range (roughly) between 15Nm and 100Nm would cover almost all your needs, there are usually 3/8” wrenches for that. Smaller bolts are not load bearing and not so critical, and there’s only a couple larger ones that you normally do not touch.
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  8. AdamChandler

    AdamChandler Ascending n00b Supporter

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    CDI and Snap-On are the same company if you're looking to compare prices.
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  9. GSBruce

    GSBruce Been here awhile

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    I have the little Park Tools torque wrench you reference and a 1/4” and a 3/8” Proxxon. I have a Harbor Freight 1/2” I only use on lugnuts. I need a quality 1/2”, I’ll probably get a Proxxon.
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  10. Jim Moore

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    I have a Tekton that I really like for big things.
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  11. Friz Freleng

    Friz Freleng Religious zealot Supporter

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    My question: where do you go to get your torque wrenched calibrated? After years of use I wonder if mine are out of spec.
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  12. tzracer

    tzracer Been here awhile Supporter

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    In the past I took my Snap-On to the repair center not far from my house. Calibrated while I waited. Not sure if they still do that.

    Otherwise I have to locate a Snap-On distributor and give it to them. Last time I checked, it was no charge.

    There are places that will calibrate them (if they can be), try the phone book.
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  13. TUCKERS

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    You need up to 120 and down to 2 (spokes)
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  14. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    The 3/8 Harbor Freight is guaranteed for life.
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  15. usgser

    usgser Long timer

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    All torque wrenches are only accurate mid-range of their rated spec. You'll want a 3/8" drive in in-lbs and a 1/2" drive in ft-lbs. If accuracy is important (it should be) one size does not fit all.
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    For my non-USA bikes (BMWs and Yamaha), I wanted something that would read directly in Nm, not some conversion from ft-ib. So I have Proxxons: 1/4" (5-30 Nm) and 3/8" (20-100 Nm) drive. Use them both. A lot. Just remember to loosen the knob at the end all the way when you're not using them.

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  19. foxtrapper

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    The Harbor Freight click type torque wrenches work remarkably well. They are accurate and consistent. Number of reviews and studies on them showing this, not just me babbling it. On sale, you can buy all three sizes (1/2, 3/8, 1/4) for less than most stores charge for one.
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  20. worwig

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    Get a cheap beam type. If the needle points to zero unloaded, it is calibrated.
    We used to use 'clicker' types in our factory. Those were often out of calibration when checked. I suspect due to them being used 24/7, so they were never 'stored' unloaded.
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