Question about a Double Square bit
Hey all, I was pulling my steering head today on my Super Tenere (I know, not a V-Strom, but this isn't a Super Tenere specific question) when I ran across a dilemma. I posted on the Super Tenere site but it can take ages to get someone to respond to a tech question, so Stromtroopers is always my go-to site.
Anyway, a special locknut wrench is needed to loosen the locknut on the steering head stem. I have the wrench, which is designed to be used with a torque wrench for reassembly. On this wrench is a weird 8 pointed hole, similar to a 6 point Torx bit. My research says this is called a Double Square, which I'd never heard of. I found that a 3/8" ratchet or a 3/8" extension will fit into four of the eight holes in the wrench, but I'm not sure if it's kosher to use the wrench this way. None of the usual places I've looked (Amazon, McMaster Carr, Home Depot, hardware store, etc) sell anything that looks like an 8 point Torx bit that will fit with a 3/8" ratchet. I've only seen a couple places that sell a double square screwdriver bit, but they are way too small (this hole would require a bit around the size of a T55 Torx bit).
Have any of you ever encountered this, and what did you do? Did you just use the 3/8" ratchet/extension, or do you have to use the specific 8 pointed double square bit? And if you have to use the double square bit, do you have a source for them? It's going to suck if I have to put the forks back on without being able to complete my maintenance on the steering head.....
I've attached photos of the wrench and ratchet.
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Last edited by RCinNC; 03-31-2017 at 06:48 PM.