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Old 10-26-2012, 08:40 AM   #1
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Carrying a torque wrench...?

not sure if this is the write place for this post, but anyway,

I'll soon be leaving for a 2-3year RTW trip on my little orange thumper.
Tool set preaty much all figured out, except for one thing: the torque wrench.
The main reason why I'm concidering carrying one is that I'm rather ham fisted when it comes to torquing.
And I would HATE to strip something while in the middle of nowhere because I over torque it, or loose a bolt cause I was affraid of over torquing. Also to note, is that I plan on doing all maintenance and most repairs myself.

I know I know, it's getting close to bringing the kitchen sink, but this item I see as insurance...

My question is, for the odd men that do carry a torque wrench; which one do you carry? I'm looking at one from AC delcon, 2-39 ft-lb. at 12" long I think I could live with that. On my ktm, 40+ lbs of torque is rather rare and I'm not so scared of over torquing those any way. I saw another one that was 0-50 ft-lbs but bulkier.
Price wise, I'm good to up to 250$ for one.
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Old 10-26-2012, 01:15 PM   #2
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Not a torque wrench per se but perhaps use a small, 1/4 inch drive, much tougher to over do it with a short handle. Some thing with a 3 to 4 inch handle. I use them all the time in my garage. Easy to try one.
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Old 10-26-2012, 01:19 PM   #3
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Not a torque wrench per se but perhaps use a small, 1/4 inch drive, much tougher to over do it with a short handle. Some thing with a 3 to 4 inch handle. I use them all the time in my garage. Easy to try one.
That's what I carry as well.
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Old 10-26-2012, 02:53 PM   #4
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Weight matters on a rtw trips especially and torque wrenches are heavy. I'd practice getting a feel on bolts before you leave, compare a today wrench to what u will be bringing
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Old 10-26-2012, 02:58 PM   #5
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you could bring the torque wrench but youd have to bring the manual to have the torque measurements
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Old 10-26-2012, 03:18 PM   #6
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Torque everything before you leave and make a index mark with a dab of paint. If something needs service on the road, all you need to do is realign your marks.
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Old 10-26-2012, 03:57 PM   #7
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On our RTW I carried a small (12") norbar brand torque wrench.
I can't remember the exact scale but it was good for most of my 1984 R80RT BMW.
Made valve adjustments easier on the mind and tightening up the oil filter cover was never a worry...
It was borrowed by many bike travellers doing their services in remote locations when stripping a bolt would have been a bit of a problem.
I had the room in the toolroll and it did not weigh all that much.
However, when I used it, I set it for about 5NM less than specs (I had a chiltons manual too) and worked my way up from there, as I was never too sure what all that dirt, vibration and rattling around in the panniers did to the calibration.
All in all I was glad I took it.
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Old 10-26-2012, 07:43 PM   #8
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Torque everything before you leave and make a index mark with a dab of paint. If something needs service on the road, all you need to do is realign your marks.
how reliable is that? cause that sure would simplify life
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Old 10-26-2012, 10:12 PM   #9
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check out these things:

http://www.amazon.com/Alltrade-94075...+torque+wrench
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Old 10-26-2012, 10:48 PM   #10
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I sure like that 3/8" drive digital torque converter on Amazon for less than $50. Solves a lot of problems and worries.

Oooops...only goes down to 27nm....that won't do.
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Old 10-26-2012, 10:53 PM   #11
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http://www.amazon.com/Neiko-8-Inch-F...ref=pd_cp_hi_2

Shipping weight 3 pounds.

The converter weighs 1.2 pounds and you'd still need a ratchet...so instead of carrying a regular ratchet and converter just carry a torque ratchet.
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Old 10-26-2012, 10:55 PM   #12
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That thing looks cool, but batteries do die. If you really need a torque wrench find an old beam type. very simple and not as heavy as many of click types.
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Old 10-26-2012, 11:08 PM   #13
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Personally the thing for me is more the space a torque wrench takes up and the ability to torque common critical fasteners like axle nuts and pinch bolts. Although I'm more worried about the axle nuts because they place side load on the wheel bearings.
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Old 10-27-2012, 03:46 AM   #14
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wow. but I find the hard case bulky and without it, I fear it is not waterproof, or should I say oil/dirt/shock proof.
superb idea for christmas though!
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Old 10-27-2012, 04:07 AM   #15
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you could bring the torque wrench but youd have to bring the manual to have the torque measurements
Or convert (or obtain) the manual in PDF format and put it on your phone ?? I have my KTMservice and spare parts manuals on my iPhone and use Goodreader.
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