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Torque wrench

Discussion in '3rd Gen Tundras (2014+)' started by Part_time, Aug 11, 2019.

  1. Aug 11, 2019 at 8:49 AM
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    Truck is out of warranty. Doing my own maintenance, probably should get a torque wrench. Does anyone know the most torque I will have to reach and the lowest so I buy the right one. Also if you suggest a particular model.

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  2. Aug 11, 2019 at 9:15 AM
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    I'd get one that goes 250 ft lbs for when you get into serious stuff. Typically that's 1/2" drive but it's nice to have a smaller 3/8"drive and for that you don't need much, 100 ftlbs or so.

    As for brand... I have a matco and snap on but I scored them as great deals on ebay... If I were buying new, SK or gearwrench are great for home use...

    Gearwrench torque wrenches look EXACTLY the same as my matco... Probably made in the same factory with a different sticker
     
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    I have all snap on used bought them off eBay cheap.. turn out have them send out for calibration. Good for 3 years for me..

    I'm waiting on Milwaukee new torque wrench and I will be ordering that to add to my tool box..
     
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    Depending on what you do, you actually may need a few. Having a high foot-pound in 1/2" will get the big, heavy work done. Having a low-to-mid range 3/8" and mid-to-high as well will get most of the moderate routine maintenance work done. Having a couple of inch-pound wrenches, one high and one low, with the lowest one being a 1/4" drive will pick up the rest.

    I have 6-8 of these at this point from HD, Lowe's, AutoZone, HF and Amazon. I haven't calibrated any of them, but I use and store them per the instructions and have never stripped a bolt, had one back out, nor torqued something down to an improper spec so that it caused a leak.

    Here's a good recent video on testing a number of them, including ones that you might not have considered. The torque wrench info starts at 19:58 if you want to skip the tech info.

     
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    I went with this after reading many good reviews:
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    For the coilovers get one with a pivot head.
     
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    Second this.^^^. Excellent torque wrench for the money. I have some high end wrenches at work and this guy works every bit as good.
     
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    My Harbor Freight torque wrench was garbage actually. I like a lot of stuff from there, but the torque wrench was a waste.
    Been very pleased with this one from Tacklife. Best wishes.

    TACKLIFE 3/8" Drive Click Torque Wrench Set,With 1/2" & 1/4" Adapters And An Extension Bar
    (10-80 ft.- lb./13.6-108.5 Nm) - HTW1A

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07FDX517M/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apap_poFrhzbzqsu28
     
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    Did you have the cheap torque wrench or the ICON one?
     
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    I would echo having two. One 3/8 and one 1/2 drive. I would recommend 300 ft/lbs for the 1/2 drive. 250 would be a minimum spec.
    I would not be afraid of the Harbor Fright wrenches. Find a 25% off coupon!
     
  15. Aug 12, 2019 at 7:33 AM
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    What takes the most torque probably the tires how many lbs. on that correct me if I am wrong. And thanks for all the replies. Need to buy one as of now I usually just use my good judgment when reefing on a bolt not too much but not too little.
     
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    Another bump for the Tekton. I have the 1/2" drive, up to 200 ft lbs. Used on my 2000 Land Cruiser and now my Tundra. I use it for all my vehicles, and thus far, haven't needed it for anything beyond it's 200 lbs. Actually, can't remember even getting close to that. I also got a torque screw driver from Home Depot (Husky I think) for lbs per inch. Came in handy when torqueing down the screws on my hunting rifle scope. Probably should have a 3/8 for 0-50 ft lbs, but the 1/2" covers just about all the auto stuff I've done so far.

    https://www.amazon.com/TEKTON-24320.../2+inch+drive&qid=1565639422&s=gateway&sr=8-4
     
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    Great question. May have the wasted one in the barn still.....
     
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    100 ft/lbs for factory aluminum wheels
    140 ft/lbs for factory steel wheels
    The C/V axle nut would need the most torque.
     
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    I am ordering the Tekton, thanks for all the info.
     
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