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post #201 of 204 Old 02-19-2019, 11:14 AM
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Pat "Greywolf" sure knew his way around a torque wrench and pretty much any tools and test equipment, so sometimes I take/prefer real world experience over a service manual or lawyer talk. There has been MANY here who have torqued to spec and had the rear axle gall, the spec is simply too high and not necessary. I've marked every single axle nut I've installed "on 3 Stroms" since reducing the torque and applying anti seize, I haven't had so much as any discernable movement of the nut. I don't change out the oil drain plug crush washers or use a torque wrench to "snug" the drain plug bolt.....NEVER so much a drip or stripping of theads.
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post #202 of 204 Old 02-19-2019, 11:27 AM
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Big B, as I said in my last post's opening statement, "Just my experience here." Yours may vary.
But I base my experience on hundreds, if not thousands of vehicles over a 4+ decade career, both 4-wheeled and two.
Just so you know, the only hero Ive had in my life is my dad, who at age 92+ is still with us...
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post #203 of 204 Old 02-20-2019, 12:12 AM
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A thousand chain adjustments and tyre changes later I did not even know what a galled axle nut was until I joined this forum.
After a wet and muddy ride I would be out in the rain washing the bike down and spraying it liberally with WD40 (wiping the brake discs clean) before putting it away. To not do so was to find a disaster in a weeks time.
Perhaps its also because I ALWAYS smear every axle and thread with a smear of grease or coppercote before reassembly.
I have never galled or had to replace a nut, and never had issues removing the axle from a wheel. I do not use a torque wrench.

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post #204 of 204 Old 02-20-2019, 01:39 AM
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Brockie, maybe you have a light touch or a calibrated arm. The ones Ive had seized were torqued by gorillas who would stand on the breaker bar while tightening, thinking to do otherwise would lead to instant death and destruction. I use a torquewrench because I have them, I know they are calibrated, trust the wrench more than my arm depending on time of day and physical condition. And...why wouldnt I use one?
I smear coppercoat on the axle so it doesnt stick in the wheel bearing inner races. I've had to beat out a few axles where this wasnt done. But on my bikes and friends whose bikes Ive serviced from the get-go, Ive never had a galled axle.
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