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post #1 of 15 Old 02-01-2019, 10:24 AM Thread Starter
 
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Is this a good deal? Socket Wrench question?

Are these a good deal? Which size would I need for the rebel?

Never owned a socket wrench before. Is this the same as a torque wrench? I only have regular wrenches now...

https://www.harborfreight.com/40-Pc-...Set-62843.html

https://www.harborfreight.com/40-Pc-...Set-63015.html

https://www.harborfreight.com/online...AxOS0wMi0wMw==

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For that price it's really low quality but will probably work somewhat. You'll need 8mm 10mm 12mm for most stuff on the rebel.

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For that price it's really low quality but will probably work somewhat. You'll need 8mm 10mm 12mm for most stuff on the rebel.
Good to know! I purchased this one, excited to not have to use a wrench for everything!

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While the quality of Harbor Freight hand tools varies, a plus is they come with a lifetime guarantee. If a ratchet or socket breaks, you can return it for a replacement.

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What's the difference between a socket wrench and a torque wrench? Do I still need to buy a torque wrench? Can I use the socket wrench as one for now?

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A socket with a ratchet, which is what you bought, is used to tighten and remove nuts and bolts. A torque wrench is similar, and measures the force applied when tightening them. On some applications, particularly with inexperienced mechanics, a torque wrench is needed to ensure the fastener is tight enough without being too tight. Applications where a torque wrench should be used are installing spark plugs, replacing the valve cover bolts after adjusting the valves, tightening the axle nuts, etc.

Do not use a torque wrench to loosen things, just to tighten. Read the instructions that come with the torque wrench before use.
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that ratchet is bad. the plastic ratchets they sell are actually decent. and you don't have to worry about dents or scratches on your bike using a plastic handle one.
https://www.harborfreight.com/catalo...posite+ratchet
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You should check out the tool section of your local Craig's List. I've found incredible deals on real quality tools. And don't rule out auctions. Many good bargains are often found there. And last but not least, ask mechanics at shops in your areas. Sometimes they have tools and wrenches, etc. that they want to get rid of.

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Sockets are used with both rachet handles and torque wrenches. A torque wrench is used to measure the torque applied to the nut or bolt accurately. Fasters like head bolts must be tightened to specified torques to avoid warping the head. Other fasteners like camshaft journals also should be torqued accurately so that they are tight enough but not too tight as mentioned.
There are many useful accessories for sockets such as extensions That allow you to reach into deep holes with your socket. Power bars are just long bars that allow you to really reef on a nut or bolt. These are most useful for loosening things but I also use them to tighten wheel lug nuts. You can also get Universal joints that combine with the extensions to allow you to turn the ratchet at a bit of an angle due to poor access to the nut.

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not that you can actually buy a craftsman torque wrench anymore but if you find one DON'T BUY ONE. they are garbage. I've never had mine calibrated to see if it's accurate but I've used it maybe 20 times and the ratchet mechanism in the head broke rendering the tool useless. it's sad to say my brothers harbor freight torque wrench has lasted years and my craftsman lasted about 8 months. i'm considering buying a good one. one from Norbar. they make some of the best you can get. and they have spigot type that you can use open end wrenches on it.

btw, you can use a torque wrench to loosen fasteners as long as you do not go over it's setting or it's max rating. the ones that reverse do so so you can tighten left or right handed threads. so it makes no difference if you remove fasteners with one.
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