Working out torque if you don't know it?

Yugguy

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I'm going to change drop links tomorrow and don't know the torque. Could I stick a torque wrench in the existing nut, on a low setting, try to tighten - it will slip of course, but then increase the torque setting until it does tighten? Then that gives me the torque for the new ones.
 

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An old nut will have seized on, so higher inertial forces are required to overcome this before it starts turning, its similar to pushing a car from stationary, lots of effort to get it moving then less effort later.
 

Yugguy

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Aye. Couldnt do it on my drop links as I dont have a hollow socket set and need a T30 in the centre.

Why they don't put flats on the bolt somewhere I do not know, it would be so much easier.
 

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