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post #1 of 16 Old 01-23-2010, 03:37 PM Thread Starter
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Torque it dont dork it.

How many guys and some gals out there have ever seen cracks on a bikes upper fairing where the windscreen bolts up?Or just cracks in a body panel?these are obviously happening due to over tightenig the bolt or screw.This past year racing in florida being in the pits watching some people install their wheels after getting new tires installed,I would just cringe aqt how they would tighten the axels up. Premature wheelbearing ware or failure could occur.Everything on oure bikes has a certain torque spec.These specs were figured out by enginiers and designers.I know that there are a ton of members on this site that torqe every piece of thier bike together as I do.Dont think of it as being anal,think of it as being safe.knowing every thing is just right.Torque specs are in the manual for every piece of youre bike.If you dont have a manual Im sure someone on this site will give you a hand.You can even do a search on the site to download one.Remember torque it dont dork it.

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Here Here, I always use the torque.
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Amen to that.

The shop that last did my tires didn't use a torque wrench, and the damn kid that put the back wheel on put most of his weight into it with a 16" breaker bar, and he's over 200 pounds. Pissed me off, they won't get my business again, unless they're mounting the tires and that's it.:headshake

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People just don't get it though, near enough is good enough for some people.................then they wonder why it's broken!!!

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I agree there are parts that you should torque to specs but there are also things that putting a torque wrench on are totally unnecessary.

You mentioned fairings. If someone needs a torque wrench to tighten a fairing bolt correctly they shouldn't be using tools. And I know there are people who cringe at the thought but I have NEVER, EVER used a torque wrench to tighten the oil drain bolt or oil filter on any of my bikes or 4-wheeled vehicles.
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I use a inch pound torque wrench om my fairings. I also torque the drian plug.

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i also torque the drian plug.
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I agree there are parts that you should torque to specs but there are also things that putting a torque wrench on are totally unnecessary.

You mentioned fairings. If someone needs a torque wrench to tighten a fairing bolt correctly they shouldn't be using tools. And I know there are people who cringe at the thought but I have NEVER, EVER used a torque wrench to tighten the oil drain bolt or oil filter on any of my bikes or 4-wheeled vehicles.
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A little common sense goes a long way. I torque the stuff that matters.

Fairing bolts aren't critical parts and don't require a lot of torque to stay in place.

I've changed enough oil in enough vehicles to just know how tight an oil drain plug should be.

Engine mounts, axle bolts and things of that nature get my torque wrench.
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I actually just went out and bought a new one because my old one didn't go high enough. I'm with jtemple, the things that matter to the operation of the bike or my safety get the torqued to spec. Also I stumbled across this website

http://rides.webshots.com/album/516313754BTbBSN

This guy shows how to make a cheap tool to test your wrench's calibration.

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