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Old 11-23-2001, 08:05 PM   #1
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I have been looking for a good torque wrench that will work for the majority of work that I will be doing on my car such as changing wheels and installing bolt-ons.
I was looking at the Crafstman Micrometer 10-75 ft. lbs wrench. Is this a good range that will cover most work? What would you recommed?

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Old 11-23-2001, 08:36 PM   #2
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I was also looking at various torque wrenches and the Craftsman one's seem to be the best value. They have a good warranty and seem to be of high quality for the money. I haven't gotten one yet but plan on getting either the 3/8" drive or 1/2" drive. I don't know which size yet, mainly I would think that you would get more use out of the 3/8" drive one for working on engines and stuff and I would only get the 1/2" drive for working on suspension arms, wheels, and chassis assemblies. The 3/8" one does have a high enough setting to do the wheels on our car though, so a simple purchase of the correct socket or a 3/8" to 1/2" adaptor would solve that.

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Old 11-23-2001, 11:50 PM   #3
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I got one @ Home Depot for like $59. It's a Husky Brand and I believe it come w/ a lifetime warranty also. Buy the 3/8 one. The 1/2" one is convenient for taking out the plug in the rear differential. I believe Tirerack sells a Gorilla one for $30. Don't forget to set it back to 0 when your done w/ it or you'll throw it out of whack when you want to use it next time.
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Old 11-24-2001, 01:34 AM   #4
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Nothing beats a Snap-On torque wrench in terms of quality and accuracy. It's around $300 straight from the Snap-On truck. I use the 1/2" drive TQFR 250C for lug nuts and the 3/8" drive TQFR 100A for other stuff. The TQFR 250C goes from 40 ft-lbs to 250 ft-lbs. The TQFR 100A goes from 20 ft-lbs to 100 ft-lbs. You don't even need to set these back to 0 after you are done since these are not spring loaded.

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Old 11-24-2001, 03:28 PM   #5
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Here is a picture of my babies:



Here is a macro shot of the TQFR 250C's scale:



Here is a macro shot of the TQFR 100A's scale:



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Old 11-24-2001, 09:55 PM   #6
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b-u-t-ful, absolutely beautiful. Too bad I can't drop $300 bucks on a torque wrench. The Craftmans will have to do.
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I'm sure you can find used ones on eBay for less than $300 a pop.

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So will 10-75 ft./ lbs cover most jobs?
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Plenty of ones on ebay. I know you get what you pay for, but for an item that I will not use everyday, I am going to go cheap for now. I would check in your owners manual and that should give good idea of ranges. Maybe someone else can chime in?

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Old 11-26-2001, 10:43 AM   #10
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So will 10-75 ft./ lbs cover most jobs?
No, it will not. It won't even cover your lug nuts. I would get one with a wider range. Also, Home Depot Husky brand seems to be the better value. Lifetime warranty on Husky, 1 year warranty on Craftsman. Value aside, I have a 25-250 ft-lb Craftsman Digitork, which has been great. I use it all the time.
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I don't know about the torque specs for WRX lug nuts, but on a 2.5RS, it's only between 58 and 72 ft-lbs.

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Also, it is not advisable (for accuracy and longevity) to dial in a torque in the upper 10% of the scale, so for the 10-75 ft/lbs wrench your maximum advisable torque is 68 ft/lbs.
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Right Albert. Additionally, I have seen in our Snap-On tool catalogs at work (engine assembly plant) a graph of torque wrench accuracy vs. torque. The graph shows wrench accuracy becoming exponentially inaccurate as you drop below 20% of full capacity.

i.e., if you use a wrench rated up to 75 ft-lb, I would not trust any torques less than 15 lb-ft. I could scan the graph if anyone is interested.
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Old 12-04-2001, 10:30 AM   #14
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i.e., if you use a wrench rated up to 75 ft-lb, I would not trust any torques less than 15 lb-ft. I could scan the graph if anyone is interested.
Yes, if you could. I would be very interested. Thanks a lot!!!
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