Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Corona De Tucson, AZ
I usually just leave the torque wrench in my toolbox to be used in critical situations where it matters, like interanl engine and transmission components. I've had the rear wheel off and back on my 1100 over 100 tiumes in the 10 years I've owned it....if not more. Never used a torque wrench on any of the bolts in that area and have never had an issue .....and have almost 50,000 miles on it.
The rule of thumb is 0-30 ft lbs = use 1/4" drive socket to tighten. 30-60 ft lbs is pretty tight use 3/8" drive. 60 and above use 1/2" drive. The type of material is also critical, but the torque spec usually reflects that. You could also be off 20-30% and be OK in most situations. I could bet that if you had 2 torque wrenches there would be a minimum of 10% difference in values between the 2. Most I've seen can vary up to 30%..... especially a wrench that cost less then $250-$300. Also, torque can change as the bolts get tightened and loosened several times.
Just get it close and go ride.....you need to recheck everything after a few hundred miles anyway.
Sick Mick* 2006 V Star 1100 Custom
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