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Posted: 10/5/2003 9:34:32 AM EDT
Yesterday I put most of my lower together. And thanks to a smokin' deal from the folks at Del-Ton at the Fayetteville, NC gunshow, I started to put an ACE AFX skeleton stock kit on it too. (Now that I've met them... Good People!) My question is... It says to torque the buffer tube to about 35-39 ft lbs. How do you do this? My torque wrenches all have socket ends, nothing to grab a tube?

Thanks,
Shawn
Link Posted: 10/5/2003 10:23:12 AM EDT
Use a 5/8" crows foot on your torque wrench or just estimate the torque with a normal open end wrench. If your wrench is a foot long, pull 35-39 pounds. If your wrench is 6" long, pull 70-78 pounds. Not a critical deal.
Link Posted: 10/5/2003 12:40:14 PM EDT
Crows foot? Eh? How important is it to have it torqued as opposed to just tighted down? I've run into torque specs in the past that are absolutely ridiculous. Leading to more than one heli-coil in the oil pan on an old motorcycle...
Link Posted: 10/5/2003 9:41:37 PM EDT
Without getting into a torque debate, I like the wrench I have. It is a one tooth spanner with no handle, just a small extension with a hole for a breaker bar/torque wrench. Can't remember where I got it now unfortunately. It's about the size of your pointing finger when curled, and quite thick/HD.
Link Posted: 10/6/2003 8:51:27 AM EDT
I've never used a wrench to attach the buffer tube, I've always only hand tightened it. Never had a problem either.
Link Posted: 10/6/2003 9:14:24 AM EDT
I was looking at the assembly instructions last night and was going to ask exactly the same question.
Link Posted: 10/7/2003 5:22:16 PM EDT
By hand with a crescent wrench, and one drop of purple Locktite ("service removable"). Ditto with CAR tubes, but using the little CAR wrench.
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