Tool Sizes

Discussion in 'Sportster Models' started by cedarbrook63, Mar 18, 2009.

  1. cedarbrook63

    cedarbrook63 Junior Member

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    Just a request for clarification. A guy I was chatting with the other day (he's manager of a local Honda dealership) warned me against using my good old Stanley hex keys on my Sportster because he said "Harleys use Whitworth sizes not English Imperial". Now I thought that Whitworth was a term applied to the threaded part of the fastener and not the head but I would value any of your views on this if I'm wrong coz I really don't want to damage a fastener. Wikipedia doesn't contradict my current understanding as far as I have read it. Thanks folks. :D
     
  2. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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    IMO what he was trying to tell you is that there are metric which is measured in MM and SAE bolts on your bike.:D
     
  3. cedarbrook63

    cedarbrook63 Junior Member

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    Perhaps, though he was pretty adamant about you guys using a different inch system to English Imperial. Maybe he was just playing with my head 'cause I hadn't bought a Honda :) :) . I take it then that my sets of hex keys and bits in inches are fine to use on the HD (I'm glad coz I've already been doing some work with them :D). Thank you.
     
  4. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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    The Harleys do have some metric threads and also bolts on them so be careful as to the fitment of the wrench before leaning into it.
     
  5. STEVE07

    STEVE07 Well-Known Member Staff Member Super Moderators

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    You will find that Harley has thrown a few metric fasteners into the mix the last few years
     
  6. cedarbrook63

    cedarbrook63 Junior Member

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    Will do. Thanks for the heads up and I'll be sure to check the manual and the forum before taking on a task.
     
  7. NEWHD74FAN

    NEWHD74FAN Experienced Member Retired Moderators

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    Been a long time since I have heard Whitworth parts used on ANYTHING within the last 50 years...I think it was used on some old British twins...Hey Mr. Peabody, what time should we set the "Wayback Machine" to...?
     
  8. KingHeritage

    KingHeritage Junior Member

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    Mr.Peabody and Sherman?You've got to be as old as dirt(or at least born in the 50's)to remember them!!
     
  9. NEWHD74FAN

    NEWHD74FAN Experienced Member Retired Moderators

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    Old as dirt??!!...Maybe, I should clean the camo dirt off so I can pass as a "normal" middle-aged rider!?? :small3d026:
     
  10. cromwell

    cromwell Active Member

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    Wait a minute, I remember them from the 70s during Underdog cartoons.