1. 2wheelover51

    I only ever use a torque wrench for engine rebuilds. Tightening big end and mains cap nuts and bolts etc. Experience teaches when and how much force needs to be applied and using a shorter spanner will help you with nuts and studs in alloy.
    Trusting a torque wrench when threads are lubed with oil or grease can end in heartache. They need to be used with caution because of their length and resulting leverage. . Sorry but I find the idea of carrying one for wheel nuts laughable, but that’s just my viewpoint after years of working on and bikes and cars.
    Everyone has their own way of doing things

  2. 2wheelover51

    Yes definitely. Head bolts, cylinder base bolts, clutch centre nut etc. anything where the tightening is critical.
    People do quite rightly get nervous when it’s steel into alloy. Especially things like disc bolts or casing bolts.
    I have to say I’d sooner trust my “feel” for the item rather than blindly put my trust in the click of a torque wrench. eg) After years in the heating and cooling of an exhaust manifold I wouldn’t torque up an exhaust nut/stud with a torque wrench, I’d sooner do it by feel with a shorter spanner or socket. Tightening to the original torque especially after applying coppergrease etc. could be a disaster.

  3. soulsurfer

    Thats great for you, but there are many more people that don’t have a clue on how much to tighten nuts, bolts and studs, so for them, if not you, a torque wrench is a very useful tool.

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