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Old 02-14-2002, 01:36 PM   #1
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Default how important is it to torque the turbo downpipe bolts

My damn torqe wrench is to monsterous, i cant get in with it. DO i really have to torque em to 30pds? is it that important? Canti just do my best to evenly distribute the tightin myself with a ratchet? its only 30lbs, not like its a head or sumtin.
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Old 02-14-2002, 01:38 PM   #2
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in my 3 years of working on cars, i can count how many times i have used my torque wrench....as long as you don't sit there and crack on the bolt like some people i know then you'll be fine. no worries

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Old 02-14-2002, 07:54 PM   #3
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well in theory, you can torque your bolts without a torque wrench. You just need to calibrate your arm to a certain force and know how much force to apply to the end of your wrench!

when they say 60 ft-lbs that is the same as applying a force of 60 lbs to the end of a foot-long handle. get the idea? So if you have a 6" torque wrench, you need to apply 120 lbs to the end of it...

You can get very close to the correct spec, but i've found I don't need to think about it very much. Years of working in a bike shop means my hand knows what a properly tightened bolt (of any size) feels like.
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