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Old 03-08-2012, 02:48 PM   #1
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Gorilla Lug Wrench...Worth investing in?

Looking at getting something better than the stock, I guess since I will be assuming more maintenance duty on my jeep than the dealer.

Anyone use this?

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Old 03-08-2012, 02:58 PM   #2
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good wrench. very well made.

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I personally like cross-bar lug wrenches so I picked up a folding one that fits in the rear storage compartment.
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Old 03-08-2012, 03:12 PM   #4
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You should always torque your lug nuts, so

Getta 1/2" Dr. breaker bar/19mm-1/2" deep socket/50-250lbft torque wrench and If you wanna do it much--getta 18v/24v dc cordless impact gun-makes the tire changes fast !!

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Old 03-08-2012, 03:24 PM   #5
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Yep i got gorrila...love it...i have had it for about 12 years...
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Old 03-08-2012, 06:02 PM   #7
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I personally like cross-bar lug wrenches so I picked up a folding one that fits in the rear storage compartment.
This also, although I did just pick up a torque wrench too.

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Old 03-08-2012, 06:19 PM   #8
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yup got one with a set of tires n rims back in 07 i think from tirerack...cheap n better than stock

wait didn't I read somewhere you were done with mods...isn't this considered a mod if you're replacing the stock lug wrench?????
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yup got one with a set of tires n rims back in 07 i think from tirerack...cheap n better than stock

wait didn't I read somewhere you were done with mods...isn't this considered a mod if you're replacing the stock lug wrench?????
Haha, oh crap, this is a mod!
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Old 03-08-2012, 06:35 PM   #11
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Ive had one in a tool box that Ive transferred from vehicle to vehicle for about 5 years now.
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Got a wrench like the Gorilla at walmart. Same thing, works great.
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Old 03-08-2012, 07:18 PM   #13
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Im looking to getting the Gorilla to keep in the Jeep, but I may just put a breaker bar and socket and short extension in there. And I agree that you should torque the lugnuts, but I dont know if I would carry a torque wrench with me. Maybe if I got a cheaper one and put it in the Jeep tool box....hmmm
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Heh Heh, I'm sorry for pushing the torque wrench, but


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Im looking to getting the Gorilla to keep in the Jeep, but I may just put a breaker bar and socket and short extension in there. And I agree that you should torque the lugnuts, but I dont know if I would carry a torque wrench with me. Maybe if I got a cheaper one and put it in the Jeep tool box....hmmm
No you don't need to carry the torque wrench in the jeep, you wouldn't needit in an emergency, just doing a routine rotation, or tire change--

However, I do carry my e-impact gun with me, cause it's small and makes short work of tire problems and I NEVER useit to final torque the lug nuts-

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I dunno, I have been around machinery for a good part of my life. I just don't really remember using torque wrenches much at all. I know my dad had one, but never saw him use it. We always used a "It feels about right approach" Then what about torquing different metals to the axle, I am sure each one would be different, steel rim, versus alloy, versus iron. I don't know I think I can feel pretty good for what it should be when doing sans torque wrench.
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I dunno, I have been around machinery for a good part of my life. I just don't really remember using torque wrenches much at all. I know my dad had one, but never saw him use it. We always used a "It feels about right approach" Then what about torquing different metals to the axle, I am sure each one would be different, steel rim, versus alloy, versus iron. I don't know I think I can feel pretty good for what it should be when doing sans torque wrench.
What if you just hurt yourself, or hadda bad arm, or have to do something else at a crucial point in reinstalling---

Can your wife/daughter/friend/kid "Feel", 95/105 ftlbs ??

I've had my wife set and torque my wheels once, just to make sure it could be done --NO PROBLEMO a 50/250 torque wrench is just a calibrated breaker bar----100ftlbs is easy to push/pull for the "click" !

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Old 03-08-2012, 08:43 PM   #18
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i dont know. as a former professional mechanic, it takes a long time to get "that feels about right" touch. as a master certified harley davidson technician i would flame my guys for "feels about right" or 'good-n-tight' approaches to critical fasteners. sure there are some that can be done by feel, but critical ones, like those holding your suspension together, your wheels on the axle... that sort of thing... i'd recommend throwing a torque wrench on it.

as for the carrying a torque wrench in your toolbox in the JK.. eh, that might be okay if it's a good torque wrench (snap-on, matco, mac). but most harbor freight torque wrenches need to be calibrated fairly regularly or you'll wind up over/undertorque-ing because it needs to be treated as a piece of measuring equipment. those of you with calipers or micrometers know what i mean....

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Old 03-08-2012, 08:50 PM   #19
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I just have this feel, I can tell when a lug will dig into rim, or about to break. I can tell when a head bolt is about to shred aluminum. When an exhaust bolt is going to snap.

I guess my dad had me working on lawn mowers and weedeaters when I was about 8 or 9. When I got to high school, started working on tractors with him. I guess it has always been a part of what I have been around until about the time I moved. I would I also have issues with torque wrenches in certain scenarios, where just closing the gap to tighten would cause a torque wrench to snap as if it were secure, yet you can visibly see you still have 1/8" to go.
As an MT in the Navy, we torqued everything that was in that submarine, everything had a spec to it, even though the spec always seemed, to overtighten.

Anywho, I actually agree with using them overall.
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