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Who doesn't use a torque wrench?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Trapperr, Feb 15, 2016.

  1. Feb 15, 2016 at 9:16 AM
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    Trapperr

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    I'm piecing together last minute tools for a couple of bigger jobs on my tacoma. One is my t belt, water pump job. The other is installing my OME lift, tie rods, and ball joints. The one piece of equipment I am lacking is a torque wrench. I want one to go up to 200ft/lbs but they are pricey.

    For these 2 jobs, is a torque wrench a necessity? Of all the work I have done on my vehicles, I have never used a torque wrench. Not once.
     
  2. Feb 15, 2016 at 9:18 AM
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    When doing anything with a lift, tie rods and ball joints I'd say a torque wrench is a necessity
     
  3. Feb 15, 2016 at 9:20 AM
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    invest in one...it's safer for all the work you do on vehicles
     
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    Lol, you've been installing wheels without torquing the lugnuts?
     
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    I use a torque wrench for everything on my truck. Yes, even the lug nuts.
     
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    I've been torquing lug nuts without a Torque wrench for a while, just recently got a cheap one from HF....holy sh$t did I over torque those things.

    Get one, even a cheap one. It's better than nothing for basic things.
     
  8. Feb 15, 2016 at 9:24 AM
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    "Cross-threaded or torqued to Spec... tight is tight"



    but for real a torque wrench is worth it.
     
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    You definitely want a torque wrench for lift installation. I went without one for years, and now have a strong appreciation for them. If nothing else, they provide you with a good piece of mind knowing everything is as tight as it's supposed to be.

    But, also; for the safety of you, your passengers, and everyone you share the road with, you should properly torque your bolts.

    Edit: Didn't catch your most recent post ^. Good choice! :thumbsup:
     
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    The timing belt's challenge would be to have another long-handled tool to hold the crank pulley stationary while you loosen/tighten the pulley bolt.

    With tie rod ends, the stud may start spinning while you try to loosen/tighten the nut. I used a 1/2" electric impact for this.
     
  13. Feb 15, 2016 at 9:41 AM
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    I usually just crank on them til the bolt breaks then back off half a turn.
     
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    I've been installing EVERYTHING without a torque wrench
     
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    ^I tighten most frame bolts and drain plugs without a torque wrench. Lugnuts in particular need to be torqued to spec, because the wheel's motion puts a loosening torque on the lugnuts by inertia.
     
  16. Feb 15, 2016 at 9:58 AM
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    HUH?? So if that was the case it would only loosen one side of the truck correct. LOL
     
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    Whats the rating on lug nuts anyhow?
     
  18. Feb 15, 2016 at 10:23 AM
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    ^83 ft-lb

    Yes. In some race cars, they use LH thread lug nuts or hub nuts on one side of the car for this reason. Usually the LH thread nuts are color-coded to avoid confusion.
     
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    Old vehicles, left handed threads on 1 side was the norm. I believe my willys is set that way. They had an obvious concern that the near light speed, 60mph, would undo the lugs :laugh:
     
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