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wheel torqueing on tv, what do you odo?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by sled_dog, May 28, 2006.

  1. sled_dog

    sled_dog 1 ton status

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    Extreme 4x4 and now Trucks I watch both of them take their Matco air guns (samething as the TNT Ingersoll Rand so many of us on here rave about) and just ram the lug nuts on. What do you guys do? break out the torque wrench? Personally I own a set of torque sticks and am quite a fan of using them.
     
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    I use a torque wrench every time. I wish that I had torque sticks though
     
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    I always use a torque wrench these days. I have had a tire fall off twice in my life , with little to no warning. It is a fascinating ride to say the least, but one I do not want to ever happen the third time.
     
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    roadnotca 3/4 ton status

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    Clicker. Gotta watch-out for import lugnuts.:D
     
  5. MattK

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    having worked at discount tire for a year, i dont trust torque sticks.

    i just ram mine on as well.
     
  6. sled_dog

    sled_dog 1 ton status

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    I've heard plenty of people say they don't trust torque sticks. yet everyone in our shop uses them. Do I trust that its going to the exact spec it says? no. But I can say, my 85 stalls out sooner than my 120 or my 100 do and when I pull wheels off, the difference is noticeable. Love when I put my gun on a Ford Focus or a Lancer and can't bust a lugnut loose(650ft-lbs in reverse)
     
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    BranndonC 3/4 ton status

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    ram them on, but carry a breaker bar so i can bust them loose on the trail if i need to
     
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    When I had a 1/2 ton burb it was mandatory to use a torque wrench other wise I was replacing studs evertime I took a tire off. That or I would get this strange wobble letting me know my studs were sheering and I had about 1/2 second to stop before I was chasing a wheel down the road. Damn 7/16 studs
     
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    Laugh if you want but I use a 4-way to tighten my lugs (I do use my impact for removal) that way if I get a flat I can bust them loose with said 4-way it gets to be a pain but ( especially when all but one of my trucks is 8-lug) the Piece of mind is worth it
     
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    I use a torque wrench EVERYTIME. I do not trust torque sticks, never did even before my friend broke one. Think about it for a minute, unless there are instructions with them saying that these sticks are calibrated by using XXX pound impact gun then using a less or more XXX pound impact gun will make a difference in the torque that is applied to the lug nut.
     
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    southernspeed 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Torque wrench. Hate seeing people hammer those nuts up.
     
  12. sweetk30

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    well lots of years in the biss for me has lead to 2 rules. all rims stock to the ride get the stick. then all aftermarket get the wrench. has worked good for me . but if you are stupid or just dont realy care then the crap is going to hit the fan.
     
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    at discount we did it pretty well. we used a stick, then went around and torqued every vehicle. the only reason i say i dont trust sticks was that it was pretty rare that a torque stick allowed the transfer of right around what its rating was. new or old.
     
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    4way wrench, never had a problem with loose lugs, on any vehicle i have owned.
     
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    I either ram them on with an impact wrench or a breaker bar. Never had a problem with them coming loose.
     
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    Torque wrench. I also clean the threads with a wire brush and put a little anti-seize on the threads.

    Never had a problem with lugs coming loose on any of my vehicles, and I can break them loose by hand with a regular-length Craftsman 1/2" breaker bar if I don't feel like firing-up the compressor.
     
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    *holy Old Thread Batman*

    I thought I'd bring this thread back up bacause I don't fee like making a new one.


    So I like to ram my nuts on and never had a problem.
    Does it matter one way or the other?
     
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    torque sticks only work if the gun they are on is set to the right pressure. Torque wrenches only work with nothing more than the socket. extension bars will allow for loss of torque. At work I use sticks but I have a gun exclusive for putting lugs on. I use a different one for taking them off. My own truck gets them run on with a low set gun then tightened with a breaker bar. But working with tires all day every day will give you a good feel for it.
     
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    I've always used a 4-way on and off.

    This is a myth. Think about it. The main reason for loss of torque I have heard is that they twist, therefore not applying all the torque applied to said nut/bolt. Well if they do twist, the business end is going to have the same amount of torque applied to it as the wrench end once any "slack" in the extension is taken out. Is there less torque applied to a wheel than what is coming out of the differential? Same principle.
     
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    4-way for me as well!!!!:rolleyes:
     

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