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post #1 of 4 Old 11-12-2006, 04:39 PM Thread Starter
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Torque as per maintenance manual

How important is it to tighten the bolts to the torque specified in the manual? Next question is being a total noob to wrenching my own bike I see tuns of torque wrenches for sale at a huge price range. Do I need a high end torque wrench or is it ok to buy a $30 dollar one? I know this is a pretty stupid question but I would rather ask people I don't know

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post #2 of 4 Old 11-12-2006, 09:04 PM
 
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It's very important to torque items to the value specified in the manual. There are a lot of steel bolts being torqued into aluminum threads - you don't want to risk stripping those out. To me, a torque wrench is a completely necessary item. I wouldn't feel nearly as comfortable as I do working on my bike if I didn't have one.

If you're buying from a dealer you respect, go ahead and get the cheap one. That said, I have a $60 Husky clicker model that I trust and am happy with.

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post #3 of 4 Old 11-12-2006, 10:55 PM
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A torque wrench is like a helmet.
Buy a $2.00 helmet for a $2.00 head.
Buy a $30.00 torque wrench for a $30.00 bike.
Torque value's are the most important aspect of working on any motor vehicle. Especially motorcycles. Spend the extra money to get a quality wrench that is calibrated.
You can get a decent one for $60.00 that will be O.K., if your on a budget.
Torque value's have a range,so most lesser value ones will hit it somewhere in the middle.
If a torque value is to be spot on,Your most likely not going to hit it.
But I advise spending the extra cash for a SNAP-ON one, If you can swing it.
It will be your wisest investment that will last a lifetime. And you can trust the results.
Maintenance is also important to the wrench.
Take care of it, in some cases your life depends on it, I.E. brake caliper mounting bolts.
Have it checked regularly to make sure it's accurate. Especially if you drop it.
A good torque wrench brings a good piece of mind, and a safe machine.

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post #4 of 4 Old 11-13-2006, 05:37 AM
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To quote somebody from Hornet's Nest, "Only anal [email protected]'s use a torque wrench outside the engine." I usually just tighten until it feels tight and I never have any problems. Torque wrenches are for engine internals. Obviously, this approach won't work for everyone but that's how I do it.

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