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Anybody know the torque specification for the oil drain bolt?

What about the fairing screws and windshield screws?

Actually, if someone could post a complete list of all torque spec's that would be great.


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Martin
 

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Hi, Martin!

I rarely torque ANYTHING unless it has something to do with the engine or a very important component. I've been changing oil in bikes and cars for about 35 yrs. and only used a common sense "feel" for tightening and have never had a drain plug come out.

The last time I used a torque wrench was about 10 years ago when I needed to torque the cylinder head studs on a '65 Honda 305 Superhawk motor that I rebuilt.

If having everything torqued to spec makes you feel better and gives you some peace of mind, that's your choice. But torquing fairing bolts to spec? C'mon, now. :roll:

Don't take offense at what I've said, please. Just my own opinion from my own experiences. I know you want do the right thing and be safe. That's cool and I commend you for that. I guess I'm just too "old school" and lazy to go to the trouble. :lol:

You'll probably get some varied opinions on this matter and I wouldn't be surprised if I get a bit of tongue lashing! :twisted:

Take care! Ride safely and torqued! :wink:
 

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No offense taken.

The reason I asked was due to an incident last year. Whoever changed the oil on my Honda XR650L before I bought it over-tightened the drain bolt and mostly stripped it so that when I changed the oil and dutifully tightened it to spec, I felt the threads give out :shock: (and cursed mightily as it was a Sunday and the dealer wasn't open so I couldn't go riding that day :x ).

As for the fairing screws, in retrospect, I was going overboard there :roll: . I don't think there's even a way to mate a hex screw to a torque wrench.

But when it comes to any chassis , engine or suspension fasteners, I reserve the right to be fastidious! :wink:


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I don't blame you a bit for being a little paranoid after the overtightening experience. Some people don't know their own strength! Thanks for taking my ribbing in stride! :wink:
 
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Oil Drain Plug Torque

Martin;

The oil drain plug torque is 16.5 foot pounds or 198 inchpounds (16.5 X12). Now, since most foot pound torque wrenches start at 20 foot pounds, it would be prudent to use an inch pound wrench.
I don't think rounding off to 200 inch pound will make a BIG difference at that point. :D

Change the crush washer, they're cheap and serve a function.


And, for the gentleman who hasn't torqued anything since Nixon was President: I would suggest reading Carrol Smith's book: Nuts, Bolts, Fasteners and Plumbing.

Every fastener has a torque value.
 

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I torque everything or all most everything. You may not see the effects of over tightening for a long time but sooner or later the warped threads and stretched bolt will cause that sickening feeling when everything starts turning easy. They don't call me Torqueman for nothing.

You can't guess at torque values either. I had a bike with a 8mm bolt that held the seat in place. About once a week someone would strip that sucker and ask in the owners group what to do about it. The torque value was 6 ft lbs. Barley over hand tight. It just seemed it needed to be tighter.
 
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Torqueman wrote:
I torque everything or all most everything. You may not see the effects of over tightening for a long time but sooner or later the warped threads and stretched bolt will cause that sickening feeling when everything starts turning easy. They don't call me Torqueman for nothing.
I really liked Marisa Tomei's, as Mona Lisa Vito, quote in My Cousin Vinnie, " I always go for Maximum Torqueage"
She was way too hilarious describing the Signature Series torque wrench she used and how it was calibrated by the Department of Weights and Measures. :lol:

PS: I knew YOU would understand.
PPS: Have you read Carroll Smith's book?
 
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stromin'taylor Posted: Fri May 05, 2006 5:30 am
"I believe Clinton was in office ten years ago, not Nixon."
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Mr. Taylor;

You are correct. I apologize, got my political parties mixed up.
No one was torquing back then.
I do remember that great quote from Mr. Clinton, " I did not torque that young lady" :roll:
 
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