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Old 07-01-2008, 06:01 AM
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Question on "Torque Sticks"

I just picked up my impact wrench the other day (Ingersoll Rand 2135QTI - yes, it is awesome) and I was looking to pick up a set of torque sticks. It seems that there are two different styles. The traditional torsion-style and then this weird breakaway socket looking type . Does anyone have any experience that they can make a recommendation off of? Thanks guys. (and/or gals).

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Old 07-01-2008, 06:58 AM
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I've seen similiar ones to the first link you put up (the ones I saw before have the individual sizes as part of the actual "stick"), but the second link is something I've never even seen before. Worse yet, I have no clue how they work. I get the feeling I better watch and learn here...

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We have tested several sets and none are accurate after being used for a short time. We torque all wheels and use a regular torque wrench. We have had a few cars from the local tire place that uses those that have had their aluminum wheels come loose due to lack of torque.

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Old 07-01-2008, 08:59 AM
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Can I assume that you want to use these instead of a torque wrench?

My truck - a Ford F350, just had a NY State inspection last Thursday at a local Ford dealer. They pulled a wheel, and hopefully, admired my handiwork of installing new brakes and rotors. I asked that the inspector use a torque wrench to reinstall the wheels - which of course PO him - he said that his special air wrench/socket was just fine. Well, 4 of the 8 lugs were close (135-140 lb ft), the other 4 weren't even near 150lb ft. The socket, which looked similar to the second attachment, was only close to 50% right in my case.

Use a good torque wrench - the difference is what on a big overhaul - 5 minutes maybe????

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Use a good torque wrench, those torque sticks are only as accurate as your impact tool. Most people have the wrong idea about those things and think you can just grab up any impact wrench and the torque on the nuts will be the same regardless of the input, unfortunately it does not work that way. The impact must be set to a certain torque range and the air supply and pressure must remain constant, theoretically they should work OK but in the real world there are just too many variables and it is just too much trouble to set them up properly everytime you want to use them. In a controlled situation, such as a full time tire shop, where they will be used constantly they may be of some use but even then the settings need to be checked periodically. Just to have a set in the tool box and grab them up as needed without checking the impact wrench setting and expect them to be accurate is just simply unrealistic. Just like IC I too have seen people swear by these things (one in particular) but when you go back and check with a torque wrench they usually are not even close and I have never seen them come out evenly torqued. Besides if you read the directions that come with these things you are supposed to do the finial tightening with a Torque wrench anyway so they actually are only meant to get you fairly close.

Edit- I mistakenly said finial torque is to be done with an impact! of course I meant to say it should be done with a TORQUE WRENCH!

Use a good torque wrench!

Last edited by oldred; 07-01-2008 at 11:16 AM. Reason: to correct an error-torque wrench not impact!
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