Spoke torque wrench?

Discussion in 'Wheels' started by atm33, Sep 6, 2014.

  1. atm33

    atm33 Active Member

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    I'm a new Harley owner. Just got an '08 RK. This topic has likely been covered before, but is a spoke torque wrench overkill (not to mention over-expensive)? I'm happy to use the "hit it with a screwdriver and listen to the sound" method, but since the torque wrench method is listed in the HD service manual, I'm wondering if you long-time owners actually do it or not. Making a list of my must-have specialty tools I'll need for servicing the bike this winter and having a hard time with $80 for a tool I may use only 2 or 3 times.
     
  2. dbmg

    dbmg Experienced Member

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    $80.00 is a small price to pay for peace of mind and knowing it is done to spec. In the greater scheme of things and money we spend on our bikes $80.00 is nothing....:s
     
  3. atm33

    atm33 Active Member

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    I don't disagree at all. I'm in the middle of accessorizing, so just trying to limit the financial damage :). Thanks.
     
  4. Breeze3at

    Breeze3at Well-Known Member

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    Time, corrosion, and dirt can make even a loose spoke nipple very hard to turn, giving false readings. I prefer the "old method" of listening on old wheels.
     
  5. HDDon

    HDDon Experienced Member Contributor Retired Moderators

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    I tend to agree with Breeze. Get the wheel off the ground and give the spokes a tap with small wrench, you will know right away if one is loose.
     
  6. dbmg

    dbmg Experienced Member

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    But is there not a difference in bling and a great running machine.