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Torque Wrench(5 posts)

Torque Wrenchjtolleson
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 Wrenchmainframe
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 Wrenchgtx
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 WrenchDropTheHammer
Jun 16, 2003 11:04 AM
The Park Tool website has a whole chart on specific torques.
yes, and....gtx
Jun 16, 2003 11:12 AM
you'll notice there's no torque spec for a top cap!!!

http://www.parktool.com/repair_help/torque.shtml