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Re: Keel bolt torque values ????

Originally Posted by Sabreman View Post
One of the routine maintenance chores that I do in spring is to tighten keel bolts. I use a 3/4" socket wrench with a 1 1/2" socket and a pipe extender. Then I torque as much as I can. It's a keel. They're big honkin' bolts. As much torque as I can apply is what I want.

With that said, Sabre recommends 90 ft lbs torque.
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There is a reason torque wrenches were invented - you can exert a HUGE amount of force when you put a pipe extension on a wrench, enough to shear the threads or snap the stud. Stainless steel is also easily galled when too much torque is applied. I can quite easily apply over 100 Ft. Lbs with one hand and a 1/2" drive torque wrench.

Use a torque wrench and tighten the nuts to the torque specified for that size stud. Even a cheap torque wrench is going to be a LOT more accurate than "a piece of pipe and as hard as I can".
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