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Turn a Regular Torque Wrench to an Open-Ended Torque Wrench

It is very rare that you would ever need an open-ended torque wrench. Maybe that is why an open-ended torque wrench is so difficult to find.

But you will quickly find that you need one when you start doing suspension work on your car. To torque down the strut top hat, you are virtually guaranteed to need an open-ended torque wrench. Because another tool is needed above the self-locking nut to keep the damper shaft from rotating with the nut.

The trick is to turn your regular socKet torque wrench into an open-ended one. You can do that with a set of Crowfoot wrenches. Crowfoot wrench is basically an open-endod wrench head that can be attached to your socket driver. Its main purpose is to get to bolts in tight spaces. With a Crowfoot wrench attached to the torque wrench, you will end up with an open-ended torque wrench.

Chieh Cheng
Tue, 04 Aug 2009 02:29:34 +0000

I bought a set to install the Eibach Pro-System into one of our cars. It worked with my torque wrench as I wrote above. Interestingly, I could only find Crowfoot wrench that comes in 3/8" drive size. I couldn't find any that are 1/2" drive size.

Chieh Cheng
Fri, 07 Aug 2009 03:35:09 +0000

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