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There are some nuts like the tensioner pulley on the timing system, which are impossible to get to with a torque wrench without pulling the motor out. So ya, you're doing that by hand, so its good to know what certain torque figures feel like with a wrench.

Almost everything in a motor needs to be properly torqued. But most everything else can be tightened by hand if you have the experience and understand what a certain tightness should feel like.

Tell ya one thing, working on someone else's bike, I always torque everything to spec. Last thing you want is to have someone's bike fall apart because you tightened by hand.
 

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Tell ya one thing… its nice having the numbers, but its a lot nicer knowing what those numbers SHOULD feel like. Mechanics who use torque wrenches a lot, should know better what the actual torque figures should feel like.

Bottom line, you'll never know what a proper torque figure feels like, without first testing yourself with a gauge. ;)
 
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