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Old 11-06-2014, 04:39 PM   #1
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Easy and cheap way to torque lug nuts

I just picked-up a great little tool. It is a torque multiplier 58 to 1. It is Chinese but so far no problem. I paid 39.97 plus about 12.00 shipping. the tool came with 4 sockets in the plastic carrying box. 1 socket fit my fake wheel covers and another fit the lugs. I did buy a $39.00 inch pound x 1/4 torque wrench so I wouldn't over torque when installing the nuts. I can now remove and install with one finger on the 1/4" ratchet wrench. I was using a 3/4 " X 5 foot breaker bar to hit the 450 foot pounds, as I am a old fart. Amazon prime came up with the wrench made by homcom listed as heavy duty torque multiplier and no I don't own any stock. The instructions were in a funny Chinese to English translation, I had to research on line to find the 58 to 1.

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A man after my own heart. Love it. I use a 4' long 3/4" drive standard torque wrench, but that's a big, heavy sucker. I'd love a torque multiplier like yours. Please post a reference. Thanks!!
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Old 11-06-2014, 06:18 PM   #3
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How do you make sure you tighten to 450 ft/lbs with this tool. Do divide 450 by 58?

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Old 11-06-2014, 06:47 PM   #4
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The math I Used was 450/58 = 7.75 foot pounds
7.75 times 12 = 93 inch pounds

Set 93 inch pounds on wrench and it clicks when reached. With the small 1/4 wrench I could tell by feel when getting to some resistance to slow down and just stop at click.

multiplier max output is 3687 foot lbs at 63.5 foot lbs input wow

google search asin b00g3na6co or part number. E8-0001

these kits are sold by different companies and each supplies different mix of sockets
my kit had 3- 6 point sockets (41 mm 1 5/8") (38mm 1 1/2") (33mm 1 5/16") and 1-square (21mm 13/16").
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Harbor Freight has them in stock but I don't know the specs
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Thunderjet Thanks for the post I just ordered mine on eBay ,looks easy to use.
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I would like to know why there is such a big price difference on these things between US made and China made. I know there is a labor difference, but the US prices are A LOT MORE. Can they really be that much better???
I just bought a CDI torque wrench, used, on ebay for $145. It is a very nice wrench, but it is almost 4 ft long.....

may just keep it at home and keep a multiplier on the rig.

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I find the information that came with it to be funny. I will try to post it, bear with me as I have never tried b4.
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I find the information that came with it to be funny. I will try to post it, bear with me as I have never tried b4.
Very funny language.
Just curious, do you actually have contact information for the warranty?
I have received a few items recently where they were guaranteed for life, but no contact info.

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I bought a cheapo torque multiplier on Ebay. I've used it a time or two and find it to be adequate for my use. Easy to use and plenty robust for removing a tire. I wouldn't expect it to hold up to full time shop use, but I didn't pay full time price!
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Old 11-07-2014, 12:25 PM   #12
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The tool has a 6 month warranty per Homcom/Amazon. I think Homcom is based in UK and sells a lot of things on the web.

I did add a light duty 28mm 12 point socket to my rv tools to mate the Tekton torque wrench to the Homcon multiplier.

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They are really meant for loosening nuts rather than tightening nuts installed in a critical area of your coach.
I'd expect the actual nut torque to be quite a bit lower than calculations would indicate - because of unknown friction within the gearbox. Since undertorque might result in nuts coming loose, I would suggest tightening it first using your method and then checking using a proper 1:1 torque wrench and then adjusting your calculations according to the test results.

200 pound person standing on the end of a 2'6" long bar would be far more accurate even if a bit more unsafe for the stander
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200 pound person standing on the end of a 2'6" long bar would be far more accurate even if a bit more unsafe for the stander
Make that a 2' 3" long bar....for 450ft/lbs.
I think 450 is the std. value that everyone throws around...

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