I’m about to buy a ½ drive torque wrench but want one that will cover most basic maintenance tasks as well as the not so basic tasks. Does anyone have a list of all the torque settings for a 2006 Rubi and would I be safe buying a micrometer wrench in the 20-150lb range or better served with a 30-250lb range? I’m going to be doing some work on the front suspension and steering trying to diagnose and possibly fix a death wobble issue so that’ll be the first project I tackle. Recommendations on brands would be greatly appreciated as well!
I use to work in a huge engine rebuilding factory. As head of warranty I oversaw R&D. Our QC guy would have everyone turn in their torque wrenches on friday and they would be checked and recalibrated if needed. Funny thing was the Micrometer ones seemed to need it weekly. The dial ones not so often. The good old Craftsman beams never. Seemed as long as they were at zero they checked OK. Found out that if a Mic one got dropped hard they could come out of spec. Problem is with them you just don't know if they are off. That said I had both.
My cheapo $12 HF clicker style torque wrench had been getting the job done for me I think most of the suspension doesn't need to be torqued higher than 135ft lbs
X2 but beyond the suspension to a part I get to semi-regularly are the pinion nuts that do need to be tightened to 170–180 ft-lbs. I ended up also buying HFT's 3/8" torque wrench to handle smaller hardware like the brake caliper bo. lts that get tightened to only 11 ft-lbs.. Accuracy wise, my HFT torque wrenches are more than accurate enough for my needs. To me, they're one of the few HFT tools I can recommend.
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I'll have to agree that the HFT clicker torque wrenches are worth buying. Having access to a torque tester at work for calibration; I've tested all 3 sizes from HFT. They are well within the +/- 4% listed on their spec sheet. The set I have were not made in China but were made in Japan. One thing I do when storing them when not in use is to loosen the lock.
Torque wrenches work best in the middle of their ranges. So don't try and get one to do small setting work that barely reaches into that range. Sometimes its difficult to find any single one to do all the ranges with that consideration. Just keep that in mind.
This is the one I got, needed the high range for diff work (pinion nuts).Works great, big, beefy, and long enough for the big stuff. The fact that it goes down to 25ft/lbs is also nice. I still need to get a smaller one for lower range though.