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Old 03-26-2012, 09:33 AM   #11
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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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Old 03-26-2012, 10:31 AM   #12
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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.

P.S. Sears has a sale right now on their Craftsman TQ wrenches ($50.00) for either 3/8 or 1/2 dirve.
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Old 03-27-2012, 07:54 AM   #14
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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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