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Old 11-11-2003, 17:32   #1 (permalink)
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What's da Best TorQue wrench for 140 ft-lb lug nuts?

Just got a new E-250, and the lug nuts require 140 ft-lbs of tight.

Should I "arm-ball" (not eye ball) it like i been doin fer 20 yrs or get a torque wrench?

any thoughts.....Craftsman, Snap on, etc?
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Re: What's da Best TorQue wrench for 140 ft-lb lug nuts?

A good torque wrench is worth a lot of money, personally I would do them by hand
Don't blame me when the fall off though, hehe
However if you are going to do other work on your vehicle then they are well worth having in the toolbox
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Re: What's da Best TorQue wrench for 140 ft-lb lug nuts?

Do them by hand, but as for torque wrenches you get what you pay for, try a second hand tool shop, you can get top quality at a lower price quite often.

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Re: What's da Best TorQue wrench for 140 ft-lb lug nuts?

Organise youself a decent reasonably long handle type wrench (ie. one of those extendable type ones - or else just get a nice long 1/2" breaker bar and suitable socket - I'd guess you need something about 2.5 to 3 feet long) - then work out the maths to calculate what weight is needed on the handle to give you your 140 ft/lb (ie. 140 lbs at 1 foot of leverage, 70 lbs at 2 foot lever etc.).

You need to then organise a way of feeling that weight in your hands. This will give you a good way of making an educated guesstimate of the force needed to get the torque more or less in the ballpark.

I guess you could also simply actually apply that weight directly to the handle (ie. make up a convenient block or something that can be put on / hung off the handle).

Much cheaper than a torque wrench.
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