Using torque wrenches

Discussion in 'Other Service and Maintenance' started by Trek, Aug 8, 2009.

  1. Trek

    Trek Junior Member

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    When doing basic maintenance such as changing fluids and cleaning the air cleaner does everyone use a torque wrench on the drain plugs and primary inspection cover and a/c cover or do you just tighten them without one. The reason I ask is I have almost always changed fluids in my family vehicles and never used a torque wrench or even thought about it until I started reading this forum. Just curious to everyone's technique.
     
  2. TQuentin1

    TQuentin1 Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

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    On the smaller fasteners like the derby cover screws, primary chain inspection cover screws, etc. I do suggest that folks use a torque wrench. The torque on these is only 90-120 in-lbs. Even with a 1/4" drive ratchet it is easy to get too macho on these little fasteners. Not that you will twist one off necessarily, but it is possible to wallow out the Torx socket in the fastener, and then it is more of a challenge next time you want to work on the bike. On the larger fasteners, use your discretion. But remember, the engine oil and tranny fluid drain plugs are steel into an aluminum oil pan!! All you need to do is compress the o-ring a bit. Not much grunting required on that!! Air cleaner cover, no biggy. Just wrist tight.

    TQ
     
  3. gs34

    gs34 Junior Member

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    Personally, drain plugs-no, air cleaner-no, derby cover-yes, to insure all bolts are tightned evenly.
     
  4. HD-Enthusiast

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    +1....also observe the torque sequence on the Derby cover...12-7-3-9 and 5 O'clock if memory serves me...:rider
     
  5. dangerdan

    dangerdan Junior Member

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    What Tq says .

    I had to place 3 helixcoils on the primary cover for the clutch inspection cover just for being to lazy. Never realized aluminum was so fragile.
    No more now. I bought a snapon torque wrentch in in/lbs and use it religously now.
     
  6. jessemoya

    jessemoya Member

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    Wow. I never realized how important a torque wrench could be! I am just about to start doing my own maintenance and I guess I need to make a trip to Sears...
     
  7. Rewind

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    I use torque wrenches on ALL bolts!!! I have a tendency to be "heavy handed" if not.
     
  8. mnultra

    mnultra Active Member

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    I like to use a torque wrench on everything I can. For me, it's piece of mind knowing that it right. I hate riding down the road wondering :33:
     
  9. oldhippie

    oldhippie Senior Member

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    Same here, use them on everything just because I don't like stripping threads or having bolts snap. If I have a torque spec for it, I use the torque wrench.
    Heard too many stories of shops screwing up peoples vehicles and bikes just because they were too lazy to follow the proper torque spec.

    The specs are there for a reason, not just to fill a few pages in the service manual.
     
  10. NEWHD74FAN

    NEWHD74FAN Experienced Member Retired Moderators

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    FYI besides the obligatory torque "wrench", for the smaller fasteners torque "drivers" are available as well to prevent leverage inaccuracy that may occur because of limits in available space above the fastener to swing a wrench. This is an expensive one, but others can be found lower cost around...you guessed it "-a hunerd dollars", you can get torx and hex drive bits and adapters that work great for "multi-fit" applications.

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