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Author:  murray7010 [ Sun Dec 01, 2013 10:35 am ]
Post subject:  Torque Wrench question

Picking up a torque wrench (250 lbs) and wanted to see which drive size was best? Does it really matter? I see they come in 3/8 and 1/2. Sears has killer deals on some of them so gonna order one tonight or tomorrow since i'll need it to torque my axle nuts back down

Author:  Boom [ Sun Dec 01, 2013 12:28 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Torque Wrench question

I prefer 1/2" for anything that requires substantial torque.

Author:  Boom [ Sun Dec 01, 2013 12:29 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Torque Wrench question

When you torque the axle nuts you can use 3/8" since it's only small torque while using the torque multiplier.

Author:  mk-Zero [ Sun Dec 01, 2013 12:40 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Torque Wrench question

For that matter you can use a 3/8" torque wrench and torque tool even for an engine gland nut. In that case you can do pretty much anything on a VW with just a small torque wrench.

Author:  ConcreteAce [ Sun Dec 01, 2013 6:28 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Torque Wrench question

I have never needed anything more than the 3/8 one that I have.

Author:  murray7010 [ Sun Dec 01, 2013 9:46 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Torque Wrench question

I may go with the 1/2 size. When i get home tomorrow i will dblcheck what drive size the 36 mm socket is that i bought. A wrench capable of 250 ft lbs is enough for all the jobs needed for a vw right? Aircooled one, that is

Author:  mk-Zero [ Mon Dec 02, 2013 12:03 am ]
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murray7010 wrote:
I may go with the 1/2 size. When i get home tomorrow i will dblcheck what drive size the 36 mm socket is that i bought. A wrench capable of 250 ft lbs is enough for all the jobs needed for a vw right? Aircooled one, that is


For big motors I torque the gland nut to more like 400+ ft-lbs, but I use a math and a cheater bar to get that. ;-)

Author:  69vduber [ Mon Dec 02, 2013 6:21 am ]
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mk-Zero wrote:
murray7010 wrote:
I may go with the 1/2 size. When i get home tomorrow i will dblcheck what drive size the 36 mm socket is that i bought. A wrench capable of 250 ft lbs is enough for all the jobs needed for a vw right? Aircooled one, that is


For big motors I torque the gland nut to more like 400+ ft-lbs, but I use a math and a cheater bar to get that. ;-)



Math? where can I buy that?

Author:  tommiebsmith [ Mon Dec 02, 2013 10:15 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Torque Wrench question

69vduber wrote:
mk-Zero wrote:
murray7010 wrote:
I may go with the 1/2 size. When i get home tomorrow i will dblcheck what drive size the 36 mm socket is that i bought. A wrench capable of 250 ft lbs is enough for all the jobs needed for a vw right? Aircooled one, that is


For big motors I torque the gland nut to more like 400+ ft-lbs, but I use a math and a cheater bar to get that. ;-)



Math? where can I buy that?



Math... They have that everywhere :) You just gotta ask for it.. as it rarely is on the shelf..

I use the torque dude thing also.. I put a little grease on the gear shaft that goes into the main piece for a little help with
friction on moving parts...

I have an old 1/2inch my Dad handed down.. but I would like a 3/8ths one myself..

Biggest thing is to take care of them..

Author:  murray7010 [ Mon Dec 02, 2013 11:35 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Torque Wrench question

How does this math work? If I can get away with a torque wrench up to 150 ft lbs., then I will do so, but is there another tool needed to achieve/multiply the torque above the wrench's capabilities? I googled "torque multiplier tool" and it came up with some tools starting around $400-$1200!!

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