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Torque wrenches

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by '73 K5, Apr 17, 2000.

  1. '73 K5

    '73 K5 1/2 ton status

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    I'm going to install my lift and a bunch of other stuff in the next few weeks and I need to buy a quality torque wrench. The Craftsman ones I looked at were 20-150 ft/lbs and then another one was 25-250 ft/lbs.
    They're both the same price. Is there any reason I SHOULDN'T just get the bigger one? Or is there something I'm forgetting about?

    '73 K5
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  2. Burt4x4

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    I have the one that goes to 250 and it seems to work fine for me. I new if I bought the 150 one the day after I bought it I would need to tourque someting to 200 knowing my luck! So I got the bigger one just incase.

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  3. Steve88

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    FYI: Sears has their torque wrenches on sale this week. I think it was $50 on sale (reg $70 or so).

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  4. Bigd

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    If one was 3/8" drive and the other 1/2".Get the 1/2" the sockets are usually built a little stronger.And anyways its kind of a guy thing to have the bigger wrench isn't it.
     
  5. jarheadk5

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    Go for the 25-250 ft/lbs wrench. It's 1/2" drive, the sockets are stronger (as stated above), and it'll be easier to find sockets to torque bigger stuff if you've got 1/2" dr. By the way, if you'd like some TQ wrench tips, search for "TQ wrench" under my username for a previous post about them. Happy torquing!!

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  6. UT77GMC4x4

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    I'll Post for the 250 lb'er. I've had one for about 4 years and like it alot. (I should probably check the calibration on it, anyone know anything about that?)
     
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    I know that most of the mobile tool sellers ie. snap-on,mack tools,etc used to have the machines on board don't know what they charge.Maybe call a local engine builder and ask.
     
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    I also agree go for the 250 ft lb.
     
  9. Blazer1970

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    The only drawback to the higher torque version is that it will be less accurate at the lower torque settings. For most of the stuff you will do though, it is the better choice. I do wish I had an inch-pounds torque wrench once in a while to go with it.

    Tim

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  10. 79Cheyenne

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    If you have a friend in the military, ask him to see if TMDE or PMEL could calibrate it for you sometimes they do favors for free!

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  11. '73 K5

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    You guys are going to be jealous...kind of. I went to Sears today to find out their ad was wrong. They listed the 25-250 ft/lbs one on sale from $70 down to $50. When I got there I found out it was INCH POUNDS. The $50 foot pounds one only went up to 150. So, with credit card in hand, I bought a 1/2 drive, 25-250 FOOT pounds, digitork wrench for $100. Thank God I had a 10% off coupon. Thanks for the advice everyone. I'm glad I got the big digital one.

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    SPOILED Rotten!! I say!![​IMG]
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    Buying tools is almost as fun as buying additions/upgrades for the K5!![​IMG]

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    On that same note:
    How about that smell in the Tire-shops. I sure liked the smell of the new BFG 33"12,5 15 I just bought. Smelled bether to me than christmas.
    I'm loosing it now, I know....

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