Jun 16, 2003 8:08 AM
|I thought of this as I read a thread on another forum...
I do not own a torque wrench. I have removed my stem before (carbon fork, threadless setup) and merely put the cap back on and hand tightened... the horror stories about doing it without a torque wrench ... how valid?
Should I worry that I have changed my own stem without one?
|re: Torque Wrench||mainframe|
Jun 16, 2003 8:49 AM
|Probably not. Over tight is the biggest problem possibly resulting in stripped threads. Hand torque is fine, if concerned, check it a regular intervals. If its not damagingly tight and is checked regularly for looseness, problem solved.|
|re: Torque Wrench||gtx|
Jun 16, 2003 10:01 AM
|just want to make sure you are clear on the concept of a threadless setup... the top cap is for adjusting the headset ONLY--you don't torque it down, and thus don't need a torque wrench. You do, however, tighten the stem bolts, which clamp the stem to the fork steerer. You would want a torque wrench if you have a silly light stem with specific torque specs, especially if you have a carbon steerer. If you have a beefy steel or AL stem and a steel steerer, it's pretty hard to hurt anything, even for a gorilla. Regarding the threadless setup, you might want to refer to the Zinn book for more info and illustrations, or maybe Sheldon Brown has something.|
|re: Torque Wrench||DropTheHammer|
Jun 16, 2003 11:04 AM
|The Park Tool website has a whole chart on specific torques.|
Jun 16, 2003 11:12 AM
|you'll notice there's no torque spec for a top cap!!!