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Old 03-25-2012, 03:10 PM   #1
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I have recently changed my pads, rotors, and brake lines. I was wondering what kind of torque wrench u guys use when torquing the bolts that mount caliper onto the caliper bracket. I have one but I don't have enough clearance.
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Old 03-25-2012, 03:18 PM   #2
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If your really wanna use a torque wrench i would recommend an in/lb 3/8 drive torque wrench. I never torque to spec caliper slide pin bolts at work tho, just nice and snug is good enough. You should have enough clearance though if you turn the wheel in the right position and so on for the other side if its the front
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Yea the fronts were easy but the rears I couldn't get. So I just snugged them up and left it at that. I was just curious
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Old 03-25-2012, 03:32 PM   #4
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Just make it real snug
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Old 03-25-2012, 09:24 PM   #5
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real, real snug is good.
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Snug it up.
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This is good!
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I'm a stickler for using a torque wrench whenever I can reasonably maneuver one into place. When there's no room, I use the german torque measurement: gudentite.
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I used a CDI micrometer type - 3/8" drive flex-head, 10 to 80 lb-ft range.
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Old 03-26-2012, 07:40 AM   #10
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Use an extension to bring the torque wrench outside of the wheel well.
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The head of the bolts do not face to the outside or I would have done that.
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You can usually pick up TQ wrenches from any local area hardware store (Harbor Freight). Make sure you get the 3/8 drive, ft/lbs, click type (and get the insurance if they have it, reason being if you drop a TQ wrench it will mess up it's dial values). Ranges vary from TQ wrench to TQ wrench, check your appropriate manual for TQ values and buy your wrench accordingly
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Old 03-26-2012, 02:05 PM   #13
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When it comes to brakes, suspension, or engine gaskets (valve cover, oil pan, waterpump, etc) and parts I always try to use a TQ wrench. The specs are the for a reason.

I can image what would happen to planes if specs weren't followed. Why should it be any different for your car?

Anyways, 3/8" tq wrench with a regular/shallow socket (13 mm I believe is the correct size) and a 6" or 9" (3" + 6") extension will give you the clearance you need IIRC.

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In some places it just isn't reasonably possible to torque to spec. Try getting a torque wrench into place on the top two bolts for your S197's bellhousing and you'll see exactly what I mean.
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