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65ponycar
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From: Dayton, OH
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posted 03-10-2004 08:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 65ponycar   Click Here to Email 65ponycar     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Who makes a good torque wrench at a reasonable price? I'm not looking for the best since I will only use it on ocassion; also I do not want to buy crap either that breaks the first time you use it or is not accurate.
I will need one for setting up my rear end in the next two weeks. I assume I will want one that is the "clicking type"?

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skips69
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From: Catlin, IL USA
Registered: Mar 2001

posted 03-11-2004 01:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for skips69   Click Here to Email skips69     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I bought my 1/2" drive "clicker" through J.C. Whitney about 10 years ago. I have built/rebuilt about a dozen different engines with it among other things, and I feel it is accurate enough. I have no way of checking calibration, but it has always been a good wrench, and "feels right". They carry different levels of quality, and mine was likely mid-range. Just another option for you, and it won't break the bank. The clicker style would be my choice also, over the standard type.

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 03-11-2004 02:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Craftsman torque wrenches are ok for the money. I have a click type I've had forever and it's fine except for the plastic ferrule broke so I can't lock the barrel in place. The only problem is the click action is kind of vague at low torque value. For lower torque levels I keep a beam torque wrench around.

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65ponycar
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posted 03-18-2004 06:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 65ponycar   Click Here to Email 65ponycar     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think I may give this one a shot to see what they are all about before I purchase my own... http://www.autozone.com/servlet/UiBroker?ForwardPage=/az/in_our_stores/loan_a_tool/valvetrain_repair/torque_wrench.jsp
I'm waiting for the sears store to have one of those 10% everything(craftsman tools!) sale again before I buy. Thanks for the help.

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capri man
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From: doerun, ga.
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posted 03-18-2004 07:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for capri man   Click Here to Email capri man     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
mine came from harbor freight. ($18) i checked it against a high dollar snap-on and they were exactly together!!

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Stang85
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posted 03-25-2004 03:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Stang85   Click Here to Email Stang85     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anyone know where to get a torque wrench calibrated?

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N266fords
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From: Spokane ,WA USA
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posted 03-25-2004 07:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for N266fords   Click Here to Email N266fords     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
take to your favorite engine builder and have him check the tightness of his against yours.Have him tighten a bolt to 85 ft/lbs and then test to see if yours set to 85 will match it or if it wants to tighten it up some more. Then you tighten one to 85 on yours and have him check to see if his will tighten it anymore set to 85. Should be good enough for what we do.Bruce

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BLUE
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From: COLLINSVILLE, IL
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posted 03-26-2004 07:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BLUE     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
you could send it to me and i could do it for you i am near st.louis and that is part of my job doing calibrations. just a thought! but i would do it for you. i dont work at an accredited lab but we calibrate all of our in house hand tools and gages. let me know!

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