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I am planning to buy a torque wrench to help me keep my new orange beauty in good shape, and to check up on the dealer's work. I will not be doing major engine work, etc.
Question is: for most tasks on the bike, is a 10-100 ft/lb, 3/8" drive wrench the right range? I realize there will likely be some big jobs (and perhaps some small ones) that will be outside the range, but I cannot justify having more than one torque wrench, so wanted to know if this was the right jack of all trades?
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I've also wondered what would be the best all around torque wrench. Hopefully someone has the answer. What part of NC are you in. I'm in Farmville myself. A hour east of Raleigh.
 

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make sure you pay attention and don't use foot pounds when it calls for inch pounds. i agree that a 10-75 ft. lbs. 3/8 in drive is good all around but you should also consider getting one in inch pounds as well.
 

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Yep, there's quite a few specs given in inch/lbs. Ideally, you'd have both ft/lbs and in/lbs wrenches but it's easy to convert ft pounds into inch pounds (and visa versa). If you can only swing one, I'd go with a ft/lbs. wrench. (that's all I have)
 

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I have 3 torque wrenches in my tool arsenal, 1/4" inch pound up to 160 made by Proto, 3/8" inch pound Craftsman like the on pissed suggested, 1/2" inch pound Central Tool that I use mostly on autos & trucks. I usually have the Snap-On truck check them out once a year to make sure that are accurate. Keep them clean and in a case and always back them off to the lowest setting or to stop, don't drop them and don't use them as a breaker bar....
 

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GReat info everyone. Sounds like the best single tool is the 10-100. Also good reminder about the in/lb conversion. I think even my puny brain can do that math (although metric base-10 is still easier)!
I am around Chapel Hill. We should have a local Roadie meet-up sometime (after I actually pick up my bike...:rolleyes:)
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Craftsman has digitals now that you can switch between the three inlbs ft lbs and Nm. I love mine. I figured I would post to keep it NC strong.
 

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Eastern NC is getting pretty strong around here.
 
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