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post #1 of 3 Old 08-05-2005, 12:08 PM Thread Starter
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Tightening Nuts and Bolts

As a maintenance step many of you go over the entire bike and check (and / or) tighten / retighten the various Bolts.

What do you tighten?

How do you tighten it..
Do you just put a wrench on it and make it tighter?
Do you purposly loosen then re torque?

yeah this may sound dumb... but I had some concerns..

Do I really want to loosen up Factory applied bolts like motor mounts and stuff.

Gimme some tips and poimters here.

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post #2 of 3 Old 08-05-2005, 01:54 PM
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I don't want to loosen factory torqued bolts since they likely have some loctite on there that I don't want to disturb.

Usually I use a plain socket & ratchet, and just apply a little bit of tightening torque to see if anything is loose. I don't try to tighten it further, just act as if I am going to tighten it to see if it moves, like I apply what I would guess is about half of the specified torque, again just to see if something is starting to loosen. If it is, I properly torque it.

The fasteners I check include the engine mounts, suspension and brake mounts, and of course the wheel mounts. I usually do this when I do an oil change, and after a while you will get to know which fasteners have a habit of coming loose, and which ones don't. When you find the ones with bad habits, apply a little loctite, properly torque, and live happily ever after.

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post #3 of 3 Old 08-05-2005, 09:04 PM
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I'm a clumsy sort...I use a torque wrench set at the maintenance manual's recommendation so that I don't mess up the locktite applied at the factory. When I come across a nut or bolt that is loose, I'll sometime back it off a bit, put a drop of Honda's blue locktite gunk, or the Honda orange if it's in a location especially prone to stress and vibration, before tightening up to spec.

The Suzuki service manual for your bike lists the bolt and nut locations and their respective torque ratings. It is included in the periodic maintenance section. It's often a good idea to heed the torque specs carefully because many of the bolts you're tightening are steel and the threads you're tightening into may be made of aluminum. Overtightening beyond the tolerace specified could cause damage to the softer metal which may not be evident until after it's damaged or failed.
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