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post #1 of 24 Old 08-12-2019, 12:55 PM Thread Starter
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Torque Wrench

Looks like I'm going to be doing a lot of the work myself on my new YJ. What torque wrench would you all recommend? I know this might be a weird question but I've ever really don't torque work before.


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post #2 of 24 Old 08-12-2019, 01:23 PM
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Ok, first off let me preface this by saying my wife works at Lowe's and we get a 10% discount. With that said, the amount of time I need a torque wrench varies so I didn't want to spend a whole lot, but over the years I've bought these four and I am very happy with them. I like to feel the click of the wrench but do also like the digital models. Either way I am very satisfied with all four of these and yes, they are Kobalt, but even Craftsman is not made in the USA anymore.


https://www.lowes.com/pd/Kobalt-3-8-...-lb/1000259427

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https://www.lowes.com/pd/Kobalt-3-8-...-lb/1000249777

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I think the Harbor Freight ones are fine for YJ work. I already had a pretty good Craftsman from 30 years ago, but I wanted a smaller 3/8 drive in a lower range, so I got one from HF. Nothing wrong with it really.

Whichever click type you buy, be sure to crank it down to zero before storing it, and you'll not have to worry about recalibrating it any time soon.

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I have two craftsman torque wrenches that are about 20 years old. I bet they're the same one that bpounds has. lol... I've taken about every non-engine related bolt off my YJ in the past year and re-attached them, mostly using the torque wrench. For what it's worth, I ended up stripping a few bolts, even torquing them, which I'm attributing to a wrong torque value lookup or a way different value than the "-20%" because I used anti-seize. But overall, they worked good.

Now which torque wrench would I buy? I would probably seriously look at the harbor freight icon torque wrenches, or the Pittsburgh line if you wanted something lower cost. I would also think about getting a harbor freight torque adapter. It's a device that you attach one end to something (like a vice) and the other end to the torque wrench. You set the torque wrench to the middle value and test it in this adapter to make sure it's right. After stripping a few bolts I ended up doing this, thinking my torque wrench was off....but it wasn't. It's really just another check.

As for my craftsman torque wrenches...I like them, but the craftsman of today isn't the same one it was years ago. Today I tend to believe much of the wrenches come out of the same factory in China.

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What ranges and sizes are best for YJ work?

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There was a huge thread on this not all that long ago. I'm with bpounds, I use the ones from Harbor Freight and they've worked just fine for me.

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Just for piece of mind I have a harbor frieght torque wrench that has been used and abused for well over 10 years. About a year ago I had it checked and it would pass calibration for a Naval air repair facility. Save your $ and buy the cheapo click type at HF.
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post #8 of 24 Old 08-13-2019, 06:40 AM
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What ranges and sizes are best for YJ work?
I would get at least two so your range is covered from small to large settings as well as two different drive sizes, 3/8 and 1/2 inch to start. As the guys stated above Harbor Freight is just fine as well. I've bought tools from there and have been very satisfied with their performance as well.
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I have 5. I have a beeam style inch pounds and foot pounds for setting up axle gears. I also have a click style inch pounds. I have a ftlb click style that is 10-150ftlb and I have one that goes from 50-250ftlbs - The d30 pinion nut is a tight sum*****

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Thanks. Not really looking to spend $300 in wrenches right now but thanks for the links.

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I'm on the HF web site.

https://www.harborfreight.com/hand-t...-wrenches.html

I see a 3/8 drive that does 5 to 80 and a 1/2 that does 20 to 250 but I don't see the reverse to cover the whole spectrum.

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I'm on the HF web site.

https://www.harborfreight.com/hand-t...-wrenches.html

I see a 3/8 drive that does 5 to 80 and a 1/2 that does 20 to 250 but I don't see the reverse to cover the whole spectrum.
Unfortunately, I don't think you're going to find one that does the whole spectrum and that's why we usually have more than one torque wrench.

I would say it depends on what you're going to be tightening... I use my 3/8's craftsman torque wrench a lot. It's nice because it's not as big/long and heavy and sometimes fits better than my 1/2 one. On the other hand, those lug nuts require something like 80 or 90 ft/lbs and the 1/2 one is the one to use. Same with shackles and springs. But then if you're tightening something like a tie rod, you may only use 30 ft/lbs. Can you do it with the 1/2 drive? Yes, but the 3/8's may fit better.

You can probably get by with a 1/2" wrench but depending on what you're doing, you may have to spring for a 3/8" one in the future.

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I've also liked using the Harbor Freight.
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Oh I don't mind getting both for $40... it covers the whole foot pound spectrum. Someone had posted maybe I should get the full spectrum in both drive sets and I didn't think that was possible. I'll just get the two. I have plenty of sockets.

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I would skip the 3/8 in ft/lbs and get a 1/4" in in/lbs. You'll need that for things like the valve cover and oil pan. Or else just add a 3rd. The only thing about that 3/8" is that it has a shorter handle which can be handy in close quarters.

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