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Old 01-06-2005, 10:31 AM   #1
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Default Using gear wrench in conjunction w/ torque wrench for top strut nut

In a thread and post in a galaxy far away, there was someone who described using a gear wrench socket (or equivalant) in conjunction w/ a torque wrench (w/ a 6mm allan) to properly torque the top nut. Obvioulsy my search skills suck because I can't find the thread, but has anyone done this (or have search skills above mine )?

IIRC he dialed in the correct torque on the wrench (w/ 6mm alan socket)- held it and then tightened w/ the gear wrench till the torque wrench clicked- does this sound right? I'm having a hard time w/ the mechanics of this (too many things turning/clicking/going different directions/etc ) .

BTW I've used every other method in installing struts/coilovers (too many to count)- I'm looking for a way to utilize the torque wrench and getting the 41 ft lbs on the head.

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Old 01-06-2005, 11:03 AM   #2
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well it's pretty simple. As long as there is nothing other than the torque wrench preventing the strut from turning you can set it to 41 ft-lbs and it'll be just like you were turning the nut. If the strut is bolted to the car then you are pretty well screwed with this method as there is no way to accurately predict the friction acting on the shaft which will add to your torque.
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Old 01-06-2005, 11:13 AM   #3
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So if you did this w/ them out of the vehicle as I described above you'd be good to go?

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Old 01-06-2005, 11:33 AM   #4
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It should work just fine
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Old 01-06-2005, 02:15 PM   #5
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So if you did this w/ them out of the vehicle as I described above you'd be good to go?

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Not necessarily as there is still friction between the piston and the strut housing. Basically though you would have to set the torque wrench on reverse (loosen) and to the desired torque setting then set the gear rachet on forward (tighten) then turn them opposite directions. You should eventually hear a click.

Actually everything I said about the strut piston and friction doesn't matter. The piston is going to be held still by the torque wrench so the only thing that would be moving is the nut that you are tightening with the gear ratchet. This should work fine. I just two grunted mine to make sure they were tight enough.
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a gear wrench wont work. youll have to find a pass thru 0 ratchet which is made by "gearwrench" brand. the nut is just recessed too far into the top hat, ive tried that method and failed.
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By "gear wrench" I think BIGSKYWRX means this "gear ratchet" sold at Sears. I also did my springs without the benefit of this tool. Once some decent weather comes I can't wait to get the torque right this time with the benefit of the method which BIGSKYWRX has described.
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^^^^^ you are correct I should have said ratchet, not wrench.

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thats what i was referring to too. at the time i didnt want to buy the set so i resorted to laziness and used my impact wrench.
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The one thing that sucks for my config is I have to use an 8mm socket to hold my struts (Konis) and am afraid that a 3/8 to 1/4 adapter won't hold 41 ftlbs.
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