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I was just wondering - Looking at my manual, most torque ranges have a wide range - like 18-42 foot lbs. What lbs setting would you set it for, the high end, low end or in the middle. thanks guys
 

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I typically take the middle road. That helps to take into account any inaccuracies of torque wrenches that never see a calibration.
 

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I've asked that before, and I've been told to use the middle range unless it's a bolt that you have reason to believe is weak (rusted, etc.) In that case, use the low value.

Oh, and be sure to clean the lube the threads (motor oil) before torqueing!
 
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I too second (or is it third) the opinion about the middle range. However, one thing to add is that sometimes this range is provided with a (*) so as to tell you to hit the lower end of the range, look at the nut (often associated with aligning the slot and hole), continue to rotate it tighter to insert the cotter pin.
 

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It also depends on what (if any) thread lubricant is used.....if you get ARP fasteners and they come with the moly lube, the torque specs drop even lower!!
 
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