Torque Wrench for Fork

Discussion in 'Shop Talk' started by Cornholio, Oct 11, 2018.

  1. Cornholio

    Cornholio iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Salton Sea
    Name:
    Carol
    I bought the proper 24mm flattened socket to open up my fork and take a token out but I don’t have a torque wrench big enough for what tightening it back down calls for. Does anyone know if I would be safe just tightening it back on with a guesstimate rather than a true torque reading? I feel like a higher torque like this would be fine with tightening it so it seems right and making sure I don’t put too much strength into it.

    The Pike directions do mention that a torque wrench is recommended but I don’t read that as being necessary if I am careful.
     
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  2. LLPoolJ

    LLPoolJ iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Moreno Valley
    Name:
    James Johnson
    Current Bike:
    Specy Epic and Stumpy
    I used careful technique.
     
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  3. Cornholio

    Cornholio iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Salton Sea
    Name:
    Carol
    And you’re still alive so I’m going with that as advice. Thanks
     
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  4. Voodoo Tom

    Voodoo Tom MTB Addict

    Location:
    Castaic
    Name:
    Tom
    Current Bike:
    Pick one, got a few
    I’ve never torqued mine. Had em apart several times. There’s an o-ring to seal it.
     
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  5. LLPoolJ

    LLPoolJ iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Moreno Valley
    Name:
    James Johnson
    Current Bike:
    Specy Epic and Stumpy
    Launch it of big jumps for months no issue.
     
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  6. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon SS
    Just make it snug. It really doesn't need to be a specific torque.

    RS and everyone else specifies a Torque Value to cover thier ass....or to appease the legal department.

    I do torque the foot nuts to specified values.....but not the top caps.
     
  7. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Intense Tracer 275c DVOish
    I don't have a torque wrench either. And I've only experienced near catastrophic failure a couple of times!

    I kid - just snug it up fairly tight. It will be fine. It doesn't encounter rotational force.
     
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  8. Cornholio

    Cornholio iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Salton Sea
    Name:
    Carol
    Thanks, all.. Figured it was not as critical as other torqued parts, just wasn’t sure if the recommendation to torque it was a strong one or not. I’ve always had tokens added/removed during servicing but the ShockWiz has me tinkering with suspension settings more.

    I do have a torque wrench, just a small Shimano one though for smaller torque settings.
     
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  9. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon SS
    Basically you just want it snug enough that the o-ring in the cap is seated and the air won't escape.
     
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  10. Redman

    Redman Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Cypress, Ca
    Name:
    Kevin
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Nomad CC 27.5
    @Cornholio I'll lend you the size torque wrench you need, for use of that Shock Wiz.:thumbsup:
     
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  11. MrGreedom

    MrGreedom Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Los Angeles
    Name:
    Ryan
    Current Bike:
    BH Lynx6
    I was listening to the most recent Singletracks Mountain Bike News podcast. They were talking about some of the cooler stuff from Interbike this year. I perked up and took note when they said Lezyne was coming out with a torque wrench with a wide range of torque 2-10nm, compact, and fits all types of attachments for sub $50. They were talking about it like it was small enough to go in a pack.

    https://www.singletracks.com/blog/category/mtb-podcast/
     
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  12. Cornholio

    Cornholio iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Salton Sea
    Name:
    Carol
    That’s 18nm short of the recommended 28nm for the cap on my Pike. For the majority of bike parts what you are talking about seems cool though!
     
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  13. Cornholio

    Cornholio iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Salton Sea
    Name:
    Carol
    I’ve just started getting more “in tune” with my fork settings then I have to hit my rear shock which at this rate means I’ll have it dialed in by early 2019, maybe.

    I’m a bit disappointed in myself for not realizing I needed to remove a token or two sooner. It didn’t click in my head to remove them when I went from 140mm to 160mm. No wonder why I kept going lower on psi but still wasn’t hitting all my travel.

    I don’t get how some people feel the slightest tweak with suspension settings, maybe I’m a sloppy rider or maybe riding without suspension for most my life made me a better rider when suspension settings are sloppy. Dunno but I guess the ShockWiz will lead me to the light.
     
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  14. Cornholio

    Cornholio iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Salton Sea
    Name:
    Carol
    Done, 2 tokens out. Testing tomorrow

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  15. Voodoo Tom

    Voodoo Tom MTB Addict

    Location:
    Castaic
    Name:
    Tom
    Current Bike:
    Pick one, got a few
    My Pike is set at 150 and I'm running zero tokens and right around 50psi(or less) and still rarely mange to use full travel.
     
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  16. LLPoolJ

    LLPoolJ iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Moreno Valley
    Name:
    James Johnson
    Current Bike:
    Specy Epic and Stumpy
    Soak yourself with a hose b4 departure.
     
  17. scottay

    scottay Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Gods Country
    Name:
    Scottay
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    Same with tire pressures.....I call B.S. !.
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