While they’re no replacement for a torque wrench, torque sticks are a pretty cool alternative. When used with an impact wrench dialed to the appropriate setting, they start flexing when the desired torque is reached, absorbing the impact rather than transferring it to the fastener. Because of the way they operate, you can’t just use one as an extension to your ratchet — they’ll only work with impact wrenches.
To make what they call “the most accurate torque socket in the world,” AccuTorq combines a deep-well socket and 1/2″-drive torque stick into one solid piece. The above set includes metric torque sockets ranging from 17mm to 21mm and 55 ft-lbs to 100 ft-lbs and Imperial torque sockets ranging from 3/4″ to 15/16″ and 65 ft-lbs to 140 ft-lbs. The thickness of the stick determines the torque rating, and each stick is color-coded for easy identification.
AccuTorq’s set of ten torque sockets will run you somewhere between $220 and $290.