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Old 07-03-2017
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Default torque multiplier versus torque wrench

I'm in the market for a good torque solution. My local tire shop fought 3 lugs and studs for 10 - 15 minutes each, only to eventually strip them and destroy the studs. Obviously the PO's tire store got quite "air-impact-happy" on these. $350.00 later I have 10 new studs and lug nuts.

My question is this - I now plan to invest in a torque multiplier or a heavy duty torque wrench (200 - 1000 lbs) to make sure this doesn't happen again. What are you all using; torque multiplier or torque wrench and bar? India / China or US manufacturer? I usually believe in good tools, but these things are quite expensive - however - so are stripped studs!

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hi Gerry
I carry a snap-on twin I beam 3/4" torque wrench you can buy used on
e-bay etc. after I bought mine I then had it recalibrated and I was good to go i had under 400 in it all total... I also carry a 6 ft pipe and 3/4 inch breaker bar to break stuff loose and my latest is a Milwaukee battery impact 700 ft tq, in forward 1500 in reverse that's my arsenal ,,, Mark b. carries a 475 ft. lbs. torque stick- just have who ever is do-ing your wheels use it to tighten lugs,,,,,
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I picked up a Neiko 03716B 3x torque multiplier, works well, but it still takes some effort to get lug nuts off. I've only used it once (twice) to take one lug nut off each side of duals so I could install the crossfire pressure equalizers.

For taking off I used a 24" Breaker bar, then I used a torque wrench to tighten.
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http://www.ebay.com/itm/Torque-Multi...wAAOSwBOtY~90u

This is a torque multiplier lug wrench with sockets, for under $50.
Yes, for the price it should not work, but it does. I have been using my for at least two years. Simple, cheap and easy to store.
If you park next to guys that have torque wrenches, you are probably going to have to buy one of these too. Like Mike, I got one used on Ebay, and carry it in the bus.
But the root cause of stripe studs. Stud pilot have not been used of trucks for many years, and they have left hand threads on the left side, tire folks are often not expecting this as all hub pilot are right hand. Always a good idea to tell the tire folks about the left hand threads. And the threads need to be lubricated, antisceeze , not spelded rightm but you get the idea.
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33.99 free shipping. eBay look for...

Torque Multiplier Set Wrench Lug Nut Lugnuts Remover Labor Saving RV Semi Socket
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Default Torque multiplier and lh vs rh threads

Mallie and Fred:
I have never attempted to take a tire off of my 89SP.
The big question is: Does it have the dreaded LH lug nuts on the driver side?

I do have a torque multiplier almost identical to yours. Mine is "2 speed" (56:1 maximum multiplier and maybe 10:1 for speed -- have to go read directions on that). I would really hate to be cranking it in the wrong direction at 56:1!

The guy who changed out my Front tires did not recommend never-seize
goop for some reason I forgot. For tightening he used a "breakaway" torque wrench that would just "bend over" at 450-500 ft-lbs. It was maybe 2'+ long.

I really wonder if any HD truck tire shops use "dainty" gage-type
torque wrenches?

I was able to pickup up one gage type 500ft-lb full scale kit for cheep off Craigs list locally that was calibrated. So far, I have used it to help friends and neighbors and "unwind" some lug nuts on my Caddy that a tire shop genius cross threaded, but not needed it so far for heavy duty "torquing" myself.

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Look at the end of the wheel stud as it should have an "L" or "R" stamped into it denoting left or right threads.
Odds are you have the Left threads on the road side and the Right threads on the curbs side.

The 2 speed torque multiplier makes it very easy to remove over tightened lug nuts with minimal effort.
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My 89 FC has left handed threads on the road side.
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Default Lh and rh lug threads + torque multiplier

Thanks for the info guys:
If I am going to be messing around with lug nuts, I'd best have my reading glasses on. So far, haven't had to use the "torque multiplier". I hope it works. That thing is heavy. I got it from Amazon Prime, so I didn't pay shipping cost (I probably did, but it was buried in the price).
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Something to think about if you're looking to get a clicker style torque wrench. Make sure it torques in both directions, not all of them do. You'll be tightening that left hand nut forever waiting for that wrench to click. I've not had it happen to me but I've seen it happen.
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