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Best torque wrenches for dirtbikes

Discussion in 'General Tech' started by GeorgiePorgie, Mar 13, 2017.

  1. GeorgiePorgie

    GeorgiePorgie PR Founding Father

    Location:
    Ohio the 440
    Racing Number:
    740
    I'm a nurse. Not a mechanic. i like to over tighten everything. I don't know why.

    What's a good torque wrench to purchase ? Looking for a versatile one. I guess for a dirtbike I don't really need one with a high pound foot rating.

    I'm looking at my owners manual and I'm seeing the most near 73.8 lbf ft. And the lowest around 0.5 lbf ft.

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    Wonder if I should get 1/4, 3/8 and a half inch. Or just two of those wrenches with adaptors.


    Huskys have all these torx bolts too. Maybe I should pick up some of them. Husky has a 1/4 toque that comes with spoke torques. I might grab that kit and maybe get a 3/8 or 1/2 inch snap on? Not sure. Need some insight.
     
  2. Bass 67

    Bass 67 PR Member

    Racing Number:
    67
    I have Armstrong torque wrenches. One is 3/8 and I have 1/4 for the smaller bolts. I took both of them to my job to have them calibrated and the guy didn't have to adjust either one of them. I had been using the 3/8 prior to him checking it.
     
  3. jfalat

    jfalat PR Addict

    Location:
    brimfield ohio
    Racing Number:
    655
    I have 2 craftsman wrenches. 1/2 drive up to 150 ft lbs. and 3/8 up to 50 ft lbs for smaller stuff. Don't buy a cheap wrench or you will be snapping off bolts...also remember to back off the preload after every use .
     
  4. GeorgiePorgie

    GeorgiePorgie PR Founding Father

    Location:
    Ohio the 440
    Racing Number:
    740
  5. TwentyThreeMX

    TwentyThreeMX PR Founding Father

    Location:
    chesterland, oh
    if you have to ask you shouldnt work on it!:p
     
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  6. MX099

    MX099 PR Addict

    Location:
    Oil City, PA
    Racing Number:
    7
    I use a 1/4" Armstrong torque wrench on all of 12mm and below head bolts.
    I also have a 10-100 ft# 3/8 Armstrong with a 3/8 x 1/2 adapter for the Front and Rear Axle Nut sockets.
     
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  7. GeorgiePorgie

    GeorgiePorgie PR Founding Father

    Location:
    Ohio the 440
    Racing Number:
    740
    I got 1/2 inch and 3/8 drives. Need to find a 3/8 to 1/4 adaptor. I just been using my impact drill to loosen and tighten to snug, then torque once it's snug. Seems to be working. Haven't stripped one yet. ha.
     
  8. Bass 67

    Bass 67 PR Member

    Racing Number:
    67
    What did you end up getting?
     
  9. GeorgiePorgie

    GeorgiePorgie PR Founding Father

    Location:
    Ohio the 440
    Racing Number:
    740
    Pittsburgh torques. My dad had 2 of them, 1/2 and 3/8. They go from 5ftlb-150ftlb. He said they're really cheap, but they're calibrated and correct and will be fine for as much as I pick up a wrench. lol. If I was a mechanic and working on stuff 8 hours a day or just alot more frequency then he said I should probably get a decent one. But I'm a nurse. So $20 is good for me.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/261976949527?lpid=82&chn=ps&ul_noapp=true


    Actually considering getting one of these as well:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Tusk-Spoke-...id=100005&rk=3&rkt=6&mehot=pp&sd=182442597700
     
  10. Bass 67

    Bass 67 PR Member

    Racing Number:
    67
    Harbor freight for the adapter! They work for me
     
  11. RideRED

    RideRED PR Member

    what happened to the polish torque wrench?
     
  12. 1foxracing

    1foxracing PR Addict

    Location:
    Midvale
    Racing Number:
    Photo Grunt
    Calibrated by who, the 11 year old Chinese girl who assembled it? Harbor Freight has some gem items but torque wrenches are not one of them.


    Most USA manufactured Torque wrenches are rebranded CDI models with different ratchet heads on them. Regardless of brand they need to be calibrated every year and I send mine to Angle Repair in WV.
    http://anglerepair.com/

    For the guys who like Armstrong tools they will cease operations and close down at the end of this week.
    http://www.taylorindtools.com/proto/armstrong-tools-is-closing/
     
  13. KX02

    KX02 PR Member

    I have a 3/8" Tekton and a 1/2" Tekton. The seem to really well built and come with a tough plastic case.
     
  14. TwentyThreeMX

    TwentyThreeMX PR Founding Father

    Location:
    chesterland, oh
    i willl use a fair amount of HF products but a torque wrench is definitely not one of them. hell ive seen some of the squares not even be square! got to pick and choose what you get from there for sure.
     
  15. Bass 67

    Bass 67 PR Member

    Racing Number:
    67
    Speaking of Harbor Frieght, I've been wondering about the motorcycle lift. Anyone out there have one or have any opinion about it?
     
  16. TwentyThreeMX

    TwentyThreeMX PR Founding Father

    Location:
    chesterland, oh
    i've heard good things. a lot of car guys swear by their low profile jack also..no thanks for me on that one though!!
     
  17. Bill480

    Bill480 PR Addict

    Location:
    Cleveland
    Racing Number:
    480
    Why not? I have 2 of their ultra low long reach ones because racecar. If you aren't using jackstands u mad dum
     
  18. 1foxracing

    1foxracing PR Addict

    Location:
    Midvale
    Racing Number:
    Photo Grunt
    I know a couple guys with them and their biggest complaint with the Harbor Freight model is the cheesy wheel clamp it comes with. If you only own dirtbikes I would say they are fine for home use. I own 2 pneumatic models, the newest being a Black Widow model available from Summit Racing for $714 out the door if you go pick it up in Tallmadge. https://www.summitracing.com/oh/parts/rrr-bw-1000a/overview/

    The other I purchased from Greg Smith equipment near Indianapolis but I had it shipped, they currently list for $900 with "free shipping" http://www.gregsmithequipment.com/Atlas-Cycle-Lift. This model I've had for 13 years with zero problems. If you also have streetbikes I highly recommend you get a motorcycle jack in combination with the lift. These are the ones I have available on Ebay http://www.ebay.com/itm/192136211759?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT
    For either pneumatic models you can get side extensions to make them 4' wide to work on Quads, riding lawn mowers or any thing else that fits. for motorcycles I find they just get in the way and keep you from getting closer to the bike your working on.
    Picture is the Black Widow model. The other is beat up now and 12 different colors of spray paint from all the years of use but still works great.

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  19. Bass 67

    Bass 67 PR Member

    Racing Number:
    67
    I would only use it for dirt bikes. I have looked at them and noticed the cheap wheel clamp which I would probably modify since I do machine work anyway.
     
  20. TwentyThreeMX

    TwentyThreeMX PR Founding Father

    Location:
    chesterland, oh
    i mean if im laying under it absolutely. but if im just doing something quick and being lazy and not crawling under it.. ehhhhhhh
     

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