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06-19-2019 11:37 AM
Mike Wood Yep, I found the table above and used some simple math to use a crows foot to torque mine down. The nut on the passenger side of the adjust sleeve came loose on mine. I cleaned the threads out with some IPA, applied red loctite, and torqued her down. Been fine for over 5k miles so far. Mine came loose with around 55k on the truck.

Sure beats some tech slapping on some booger welds...
06-19-2019 10:30 AM
Jimmy N. I have a few owners manuals for older cars that must have been way ahead of their time, because they include torque specs for all kinds of fasteners on the vehicle. Same with old shop manuals.

If anything, it seems to me that while there used to be torque values given for almost everything in the past, now they are harder to come by.

To get the correct torque value when using a torque wrench on a crow foot is easy. It only requires basic knowledge of geometry.
Or, it can also be achieved by taking the added length into account if having the crow foot in line with the torque wrench.
06-19-2019 01:04 AM
bigfish95971 How in the world can Ram or anybody here make putting an end wrench on a nut and tightening it up so complicated? For 100 years there has was never "torque requirements" for anything other than head bolts and the like. You just tighten things up appropriately for their size and be done with it. If they need a lock washer or Loctite, so be it.
PS the offset length of a crow's foot would increase the leverage and thus the torque being applied by the torque wrench.
06-16-2019 11:37 AM
SAP2018 Thank you very much for the useful information
06-16-2019 11:27 AM
Jimmy N.
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Originally Posted by WhiskeyThrottle View Post
Even a large adjustable would work.
Adjustable wrenches are a not too distant second to pipe wrenches in my mind. A last resort, if you will.

But like you, I don't have a large enough crow foot to use the torque wrench. Luckily it's fairly easy to guesstimate the force needed to achieve about 100 ft.-lbs. with the size wrench needed.
06-16-2019 01:06 AM
WhiskeyThrottle
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Originally Posted by Jimmy N. View Post
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Originally Posted by WhiskeyThrottle View Post
... not that I have a crows foot big enough to actually use a torque wrench on it.. I’ve always just made them extra extra snug.
You know what's the correct tool for the job?
I'm still trying to unsee the photo of two pipe wrenches being used.
Pipe wrenches are for pipes. I can’t remember the size but I have some larger combo wrenches left over from my heavy equipment repair days that I used. Even a large adjustable would work. If I was going to torque to spec I would use a crows foot attached to a torque wrench, I just don’t have them up that large in my set.

I just went by feel on mine.

Something like this pic below, which was borrowed from google.
06-15-2019 07:57 PM
Duelly Dad I have marks on mine, if I notice anything funky Iíll use red lock-tight on them
06-15-2019 07:56 PM
Jimmy N.
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Originally Posted by WhiskeyThrottle View Post
... not that I have a crows foot big enough to actually use a torque wrench on it.. I’ve always just made them extra extra snug.
You know what's the correct tool for the job?
I'm still trying to unsee the photo of two pipe wrenches being used.
06-15-2019 07:40 PM
WhiskeyThrottle
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Originally Posted by ramrocker View Post
Drag link adjuster nuts 109 ft lb.

2017:
I was looking for that! Couldn’t seem to find that spec... not that I have a crows foot big enough to actually use a torque wrench on it.. I’ve always just made them extra extra snug.
06-15-2019 07:15 PM
ramrocker Drag link adjuster nuts 109 ft lb.

2017:
06-15-2019 07:11 PM
WhiskeyThrottle I’m not getting mine welded, I just keep an eye on the adjuster nuts. I’ve never found them loose, IMO it’s not worth loosing the ability to adjust the drag link over something I haven’t had an issue with. If I start finding mine loose I’ll weld it myself.
06-15-2019 06:58 PM
Duelly Dad Mine was replace with in 5K when I bought it, also Iíve had it aligned by a real truck alignment shop sense dealers can seam to work on HD trucks. Iím just going to call my dealer.
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