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post #1 of 8 Old 06-19-2011, 04:18 PM Thread Starter
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Torque Wrench ?

I need one and have found a couple But:

When speaking Ft. Pounds what is
the normal range required
for KLR maintenance ?
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I need one and have found a couple But:

When speaking Ft. Pounds what is
the normal range required
for KLR maintenance ?

3/8" 80 ft. lb. works for almost all the bolts. The cam caps and the doo need a 1/4" in. lb. wrench. The flywheel bolt needs a 1/2" 150 ft. lb. wrench (for when you do the doo).

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Thanks for the info.
I have seen a couple on sale, one starts at 10lb. the other at 20lb.,
do I really need the 10-20 lb. range?
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Thanks for the info.
I have seen a couple on sale, one starts at 10lb. the other at 20lb.,
do I really need the 10-20 lb. range?

The fork pinch bolts are around 15 ft. lbs. My Craftsman 3/8" goes from 5 to 80 ft. lbs. Generally torque wrenches are less accurate on either end of their range.

You didn't ask but I've read that Harbor Freight torque wrenches are actually pretty accurate and cheap!

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The fork pinch bolts are around 15 ft. lbs. My Craftsman 3/8" goes from 5 to 80 ft. lbs. Generally torque wrenches are less accurate on either end of their range.

You didn't ask but I've read that Harbor Freight torque wrenches are actually pretty accurate and cheap!
Funny you mentioned H/F right now they have a 20-150ft.lb on sale ($10 ) and a 20-200in lb. on sale($20). Guess I could make the 20 ft. lb work but wal mart has a 10-150ft. for just 3x's the price. Both get 4/5* reviews
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Funny you mentioned H/F right now they have a 20-150ft.lb on sale ($10 ) and a 20-200in lb. on sale($20). Guess I could make the 20 ft. lb work but wal mart has a 10-150ft. for just 3x's the price. Both get 4/5* reviews
I was a helicopter mechanic in the Army for 13 years and if I had a dollar for every time I clicked a torque wrench, I could be retired right now.

I will back up Spec's read that the Harbor Freight torque wrenches are very good for the price. I bought all three of mine from them. As he noted, get a selection where you can stay away from using the extreme ends of the range of the wrench as it will be more accurate towards the "middle."

Keep them in their cases, don't drop them and store them at about 20% of their max setting (or whatever the manufacturer recommends) and they'll last you a lifetime. I recommend the HF click-type torque wrenches.

Nothing against those who buy top-quality, high-dollar tools, but my opinion is that these are just fine for "casual use."



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I thought that you store the torque wrench just at the minimum setting, not at 20% of max.

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I thought that you store the torque wrench just at the minimum setting, not at 20% of max.
I think it depends on the make. As far as my HF-purchased torque wrenches, you're right. With all three of them, it says to store on the lowest torque setting, but warns to not go below it.

I don't know what the deal was with the Army torque wrenches, but they always wanted them at 20%. Every time you'd turn one in, the tool room guy would hold it up and ask 20%? 20%?" They also got calibrated once a month.

But, lesson learned. With the ones I have now, I'll store them at the lowest setting. Thanks for pointing this out.



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