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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-05-2014, 07:55 AM Thread Starter
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Looking for a Torque Wrench specially for working on the Vic. I'm not much of a mechanic but can do basic jobs...

what drive size - 1/2, 1/4, 3/8? I think all of my existing sockets are 3/8 but Standard not Metric so they are probably useless and I'll need to get some Metric sockets as well....

I see there are several types of wrenches:
1) electronic (expensive)
2) "old fashion" with mechanical gague
3) "click drive" - I assume you set a ft/lbs amount and there is some sort of "clutch" that stops it from turning once the threshhold has been met.

Would like to keep it under $100.

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Looking for a Torque Wrench specially for working on the Vic. I'm not much of a mechanic but can do basic jobs...

what drive size - 1/2, 1/4, 3/8? I think all of my existing sockets are 3/8 but Standard not Metric so they are probably useless and I'll need to get some Metric sockets as well....

I see there are several types of wrenches:
1) electronic (expensive)
2) "old fashion" with mechanical gague
3) "click drive" - I assume you set a ft/lbs amount and there is some sort of "clutch" that stops it from turning once the threshhold has been met.

Would like to keep it under $100.
At the $100.00 price point, you limit yourself. I recently bought two different ones; one to cover inch pounds and the other for foot pounds. One was from Lowes and one from Sears. Even on sale, they were more than $100.00.

I have heard a lot of folks say that if it's not Snap On, or one of the other major, high-end makers that you're wasting your money. I can't comment on the validity of that statement, but am happy with what I have.

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I have three Harbor Freight torque wrenches 1/4, 3/8, & 1/2.
Paid $10 each,

Surprised by how good they are. Checked calibration against a Sears Craftsman, and it was the same.

Use the 3/8 size the most on my CC.....but need the 1/2" on rear axle. Check online for sales and location.

http://www.harborfreight.com/1-2-hal...rench-239.html
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Firstly, the person who said you are wasting your money if you buy a Snap On torque wrench is wrong. However, for general use around the bike, I would not be afraid to use the Harbor Freight click type wrenches for general use, especially at the price point you are at. I bought my Snap On torque wrenches on Ebay at 1/2 price, they were and still are like brand new. I sent them out to get calibrated and the guy said they were perfect. I was working in aviation at the time, so good torque wrenches were essential. I would not assemble and engine with a HF torque wrench.

As for sizes, I would get a 1/2" ft/lb. 3/8" ft/lb and a 1/4" in/lb set. That way you can cover the larger items such as swing arm fasteners and the smaller stuff too (front axle pinch bolts for example). If you use the HF wrench (or any torque wrench) in the middle portion of its range they will be more accurate.

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Firstly, the person who said you are wasting your money if you buy a Snap On torque wrench is wrong. However, for general use around the bike, I would not be afraid to use the Harbor Freight click type wrenches for general use, especially at the price point you are at. I bought my Snap On torque wrenches on Ebay at 1/2 price, they were and still are like brand new. I sent them out to get calibrated and the guy said they were perfect. I was working in aviation at the time, so good torque wrenches were essential. I would not assemble and engine with a HF torque wrench.

As for sizes, I would get a 1/2" ft/lb. 3/8" ft/lb and a 1/4" in/lb set. That way you can cover the larger items such as swing arm fasteners and the smaller stuff too (front axle pinch bolts for example). If you use the HF wrench (or any torque wrench) in the middle portion of its range they will be more accurate.
You should read my post more carefully. I did not say that the Snap On was a waste of money. I said that I had been told / read that anything BUT a Snap On is a waste of money.

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I was never concerned with torque, before I got my Vic! Now I have 3 torque wrenches, all click type. Had some metric tools from my previous ricers, but have increased my collection substantially! Now I can't tighten a bolt, without finding the torque spec.

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I appreciate all the input...

Just to be clear - I will NOT be tearing down the engine, removing wheels, adjusting the belt or anything like that - I would have a professional do work like that.

I've seen some videos and Forum Threads where applying proper Torque was stressed: Oil Drain Plug, Clutch handle (removal for lub). This is the type of work I'll be doing

I'm thinking a "mid-grade" wrench would do...

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Me too!! I didn't go Harbor Fright, but didn't spend $100 each ether!!

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You should read my post more carefully. I did not say that the Snap On was a waste of money. I said that I had been told / read that anything BUT a Snap On is a waste of money.
Sorry about that. I had just woken up and misread...my bad.

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Most of the bolts on our bikes I use a 1/4" torque wrench for. Remember your only tighten with it never breaking bolts loose with it.
For axles you can go to Auto Zone and rent one for all most nothing.
All ways put it on zero when your done with it.

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