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post #1 of 39 Old 04-03-2014, 05:00 PM Thread Starter
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Tightening Rear Axle Nut (on long trips)

Do you people carry around a torque wrench with you?

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Do you people carry around a torque wrench with you?
I don't, but know people who do.

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I don't, but know people who do.
So how do you know it is tight enough or not too tight?

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Tighten it up till it strips and back it off a hair. I do mine by feel. Never had a issue. Except when I was 12 on my 1968 Honda 90. It generally helps if you tighten up the axle nut when you adjust chain. It is hell finding all the Cush drive rubbers in a field.
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Do you people carry around a torque wrench with you?
No. I changed a rear tire on the road once. It isn't a delicate part but it's a good idea to coat the threads with anti seize to prevent galling. Unless you do a lot of water crossings, enough will remain on the threads to prevent galling after removal and replacement. With a torque wrench and anti seize, it still takes 58lb-ft. to put on the nut. A mildly educated arm will get you in the ball park. The nut's locking mechanism will keep it from coming off. With the tool kit tools, it will be hard to over torque the nut with your arm. You might have use a foot on the tool with the extension included to break the nut free.

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Do you people carry around a torque wrench with you?
I do. A 3/8 and a 1/2 in, but only on long trips like my trip across Canada last year. For shorter trips, where I have to take off the rear wheel, I simply mark (scratch) the nut prior to removal & put it in the same position on reassembly. Not perfect but it works.

I don't use anti seize as i figure enough axle grease got onto the threaded part to protect it.

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I carry a 22mm and a 24mm socket with a 1/2 inch breaker bar just for that axle nut. I've found most stock tool kits to be inadequate to work on the bike. I add my own tools as needed.

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I am a torque wrench fanatic at home in the comfort of my shop. On the road, I do not take them due to weight and space. If concerned you can always make your repair on the roadway, then stop at a Autozone or a motorcycle shop, introduce yourself and your issue and ask to borrow a torque wrench.

Carrying 20 pounds of tools to remove an engine with seems counter productive for a bike that is already pretty heavy.

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IMO, and I'm sure I'll catch all kinds of Hell here for saying this, people are too anal about this kinda crap. Guess I'm old school, but in my 40 years of riding and working on bikes (and cars) I've never used a torque wrench on anything besides internal engine parts. As Grey mentioned, after you've tightened about a million nuts over the course of a lifetime, you tend to develop a feel for how tight it should be. And no, not since I was a kid have I stripped a nut and I've never had anything come loose or fall off... Well aside from my license plate bolts this past weekend, lol. So if you're worried about carrying a freaking torque wrench on a bike trip, just leave it at home, exercise common sense, and you'll be fine. You have a cotter pin on the nut so it's not gonna come off......

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I never use a torque wrench on my bikes. I bet more people have stripped threads using a torque wrench than those that go by feel, particularly since some of the torques listed in the shop manual are wrong. It does not take much wrenching experience and only a little common sense to develop a sense of feel for the nuts/bolts on a piece of machinery.

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