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Old 06-28-2014, 10:27 PM   #31
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Originally Posted by gbaglo View Post
My plan is to use my old torque wrench ( the one with the missing gauge needle ) as a breaker bar. Is that daft?
No, not if it was previously calibrated by the GRUNT system. I know when I use mine that I give a small grunt about 100 foot pounds. 120 and I'm really grunting.


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Old 06-28-2014, 10:39 PM   #32
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Breaker, breaker . . . .

Ron, are those metric grunts, or imperial?

I just ordered one of these from the link Brian B-P provided earlier in this thread:

They're on sale, and the shipping is under $8 in Canada.
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Old 06-28-2014, 10:40 PM   #33
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I bought it 20 or 30 years ago to torque the head on a 9hp Briggs and Stratton that powered my boat. Top speed four knots.
It was mostly ignored and abused last couple decades.
I have a new fancy torque wrench, the Toyota issued lug wrench, a cross-shaped lug wrench ( Spider, I learned on Wiki ), this antique, and no desire to ever have to use any of them.
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Old 06-29-2014, 12:55 AM   #34
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I got caught by the side of the road with no way to change the flat due to the tire shop over torqueing the lugs. I only had a OEM lug wrench without enough leverage to break it loose. Since then I have always checked the torque of the lugs when I got home from the tire shop as standard procedure. I found that Discount Tire Co. usually mis-torques and mis-inflates the tires. To their credit, I have not found an under-torqued wheel yet. Once properly torqued I have not found it too hard to break loose the lugs.
I carry a 1/2" clicker type torque wrench when traveling that can break loose the lugs easily, and properly install them as well. A breaker bar would be a tool of choice for most tire changing chores that could provide the necessary leverage for breaking loose even severely over-torqued lugs. For non mechanically inclined users it would be good to practice installing the nuts to get a feel for what 100Lbs. torque feels like.
Those cross rim wrenches really aren't that bad, other than having a bulky footprint when stowed. I had one in an old tent trailer that worked well for many years, and moved into a few successive vehicles. You can paint the proper sized end red to keep from having to guess the proper size each time you use it. They also can be spun to quickly remove or install the loosened lugs. Whatever gets the job done without producing blood is the right tool.

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