Im aware of that I have seen the thread where the guy cracked his tcase. I was thinking of skipping the torque wrench and doing it to hand tight, but now that you say something, I might not skip it, Im just afraid the torque wrench wont be perfectly accurate and doing what that one guy did because of it.
The GOOF who craked his Transmission case was ME!
I use to go by the name "Beemerd".
IMHO, the best torque wrench to use is the ones with the needle that deflects. Do NOT use a torque wrench that works like a socket wrench, UNLESS it is of incredibly good quality, and you have a piece of paper certifying a torque wrench like that, so when it messes up and you over torque your drain bolt, you can sue THEM.
Seriously though, use a torque wrench. My little fiasco ended up costing me $4000, by the time the transmission was out, plus I had them change all the consumables in there, since it was already down.
Do not use tape. I'll tell you why: the tape, although very thin, will change the diameter of the bolt, it will be slight perhaps a couple thousanths of an inch, but that will effect your torque value. Did it come from the factory with tape on there? NOPE.