Originally Posted by Imped
There are torque specs that matter (head bolts, ring gear bolts, carrier bearing cap bolts, clutch plate bolts) and there are those that really don't matter--control arm bolts, sway bar link bolts, track bar, etc. Good and tight is the torque spec.
Well said. When I'm installing a suspension, it's usually nothing but two grunt's worth on control arm nuts and bolts and one grunt on the smaller stuff. Use the right size wrenches too. Like don't use 1/2" drive ratchet wrenches on things like front shock mount bolts as that size can provide enough torque to snap them if you use the "grunt" scale. I use 3/8" drive sockets for smaller nuts and bolts or 1/2" for big nuts and bolts.
Combo box-end/open-end wrenches are good too as they are sized so as to minimize the chances of overtightening hardware.
Bottom line? Use common sense... not everything has to be superman-tight and don't use too big of a ratchet wrench for the hardware size you're working with.