Just make sure you get the click type.The viewing angle usually sucks on the bending arm type so your accuracy goes way down.On a few bolts,you can see it great but then others it's bad.You need repeatable torque.By that I mean I'd rather have headbolts off by 5 lbs but all the same.My 2 cents
I borrowed a torque wrench from Autozone. Its free, and you can keep it as long as you like. I think you only need the wrench maybe 20-30 times. If you arent going to use it again, why not save a few bucks.
I have 2 of the Craftsman wrwnches and thier great!!!! I would suggest to aviod foot-inches and go for a foot-pound scale the math conversion (1=1/12) is a PITA! Just a tool tip, for accuracy, at the end of the day put/store your torque wrench to ZERO!
a 1/2" drive click type tq. wrench will be the most used on your build. That size will handle anything that gets bolted on the car and most of what would get tq'ed on the engine. Unless you are doing a rear gear set up you would have no need for a scale type wrench or inch pound wrench. Engine work aside from maybe intake manifold bolts where a 3/8 wrench might be better
the 1/2" side still the most used. For the price a Craftman will be fine.
my HF torquer lasted about 2 weeks before it quit clicking. Bought 2 craftsman 150# and 250# on sale. Couldn't be happier. Snap-on would be nice, it's what I grew up with, but 1 would cost 4x what I paid for both Crafty's. Can't beat the warranty either.
I have looked around alot for the clecos (basically because I am thrifty). Cokid ($8) has lowest price on pliers, closely followed by Jegs and Summit ($9). I think best price on clecos was Finishline at $3 for 25 or about 12 cents a piece; their pliers are $13 which probably are worth ordering at the same time.
The 150 ft/lb wrench will do most everything that's needed, except if you have IRS and/or SN95 type spindles, the spindle nuts require 190 to 240 ft/lbs torque.
Sears quit honoring their lifetime warranty on torque wrenches, and the click type are fraigle, so they need extra care. The beam type are actually the most accurate and can sometimes be a PITA to use, but will last forever.
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