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      11-06-2012, 09:51 AM   #1
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What torque wrench is everyone using?

Just wondering cause I want to purchase a nice solid one soon. wanted to see what fellow e9xers were using.
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      11-06-2012, 10:17 AM   #2
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I have a nice ole craftsman. Was my dads he bought it when he was changing the snow tires on his e30's himself.
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Harbor freight $19.99 sometimes on sale for $13.99
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Old craftsman for most things. Recently bought a honkin big Harbor Freight model when changing wheel bearings on DW's car; needed 180ft-lb to seat the replacement hub/bearing assembly.
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Nice if people don't mind, links ? Probably get me a craftsman also.
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If you want a very good one get http://www.amazon.com/Torque-1002MFR...+torque+wrench
These are the same guys who make them for snap on.
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I have a nice ole craftsman. Was my dads he bought it when he was changing the snow tires on his e30's himself.
Changing tires himself? Damn, he's brave.
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If you want a very good one get http://www.amazon.com/Torque-1002MFR...+torque+wrench
These are the same guys who make them for snap on.
holy moly, is it justifiable to spend that much on a tq wrench? just wondering.
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http://www.harborfreight.com/1-2-hal...rench-239.html will this suffice? I mean my main use is tightening wheels / spark plugs. I don't need anything too overkill
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Changing tires himself? Damn, he's brave.
brave for a real estate agent at the time.
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Got mine from harbor freight for 10 bucks to do spark plugs.

Using a torque wrench for wheels seems a bit overkill and not necessary.
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Got mine from harbor freight for 10 bucks to do spark plugs.

Using a torque wrench for wheels seems a bit overkill and not necessary.
the 1/2 inch one for 10 bucks? its 25 right now
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the 1/2 inch one for 10 bucks? its 25 right now
Yea... It was like a one day special for 10 bucks.
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Get a needle one (cheap, dependable, solid).
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If you're just changing wheels, then the harbor freight ones will suffice. If you're going to use the torque wrench on anything mechanical, the CDI one at Amazon will be best bang for buck.
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If you're just changing wheels, then the harbor freight ones will suffice. If you're going to use the torque wrench on anything mechanical, the CDI one at Amazon will be best bang for buck.
how about for spark plugs? harbor freights wont be good enough?
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I bought one from Bav Auto...looks the same as post #16. I use it for more than just wheels.

http://www.bavauto.com/shop.asp
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how about for spark plugs? harbor freights wont be good enough?
Especially on spark plugs, do not use the harbor freight wrench. You mess up the threads on your engine head=new engine.
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Yeah, I don't know that I would even use a torque wrench on the spark plugs unless you have a quality torque wrench...the penalty for over-torquing a plug is not a good one. For that matter, I just do them by feel.
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Especially on spark plugs, do not use the harbor freight wrench. You mess up the threads on your engine head=new engine.
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Yeah, I don't know that I would even use a torque wrench on the spark plugs unless you have a quality torque wrench...the penalty for over-torquing a plug is not a good one. For that matter, I just do them by feel.
wow, swear i read on this forum that it is important to torque plugs to spec, guess ill do more research
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