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  1. Design Fault with Front wheel Axle Holder

    Transalp
    Was doing a routine check and found that the front axle holder was broken and the nuts on the studs were so loose that they could come off by hand. Anyway as I do not have torque wrench I managed to snap 1 stud off and then was trying to put a temporary support plate which caused the other stud...
  2. Rear Shock removal on the ABS model

    Varadero
    I have the SDO2 model (2008 with ABS. My service manual is for an SDO2 but is from 2003. It does not cover the ABS model. Removal of the rear shock is straight forward on the non ABS model. Simply remove the upper bolt via the right hand side of the bike. On ABS models the right side is a...
  3. SLR650 project

    Dominator / FMX
    please delete You can delete this one, sold the bike
  4. Torque talk.

    Chatter
    Its that time of year again when my thoughts turn to servicing my bikes for spring.:cool::cool::cool: I need to get my hands on a decent torque wrench because my head needs seeing to.:D:D:D I have only done a couple of hundred miles on my Dommie since I fitted a Wiseco piston and replaced my...
  5. broken bolt extrators

    Tools
    Hi just thought i'd share with you my experience with these. About 6 months ago i decided to change the glow plugs in my 20 year old toyota as it was taking a bit longer to start than normal and the unthinkable happened i snapped one of the plugs :( there was a hole in what was left of the plug...
  6. XL 600 LMF WHEEL REBUILD Wheel Torque Wrench Bit Size?

    XL
    I am just about to renovate the wheels on my 1983 XL 600 LMF and need a torque wrench for the spokes and a bit to fit, the head is an allen key 6 side affair, can anybody tell me what size I need to order and where to get a decent wrench that doesn't cost an arm and a leg, I live just outside of...
  7. Torque Wrenches - yay or nay? and if yes, which one?

    Mechanical Advice
    hola mes amigos, Up until now I've always been a "seat it and twist it 1/4 to 1/2 a turn" type of chap but I've found myself pondering the virtues of a torque wrench recently - however I'm somewhat put off by the price - ....but I'm also aware that a penny pinched is a thread stripped so. Do...
  8. Changing the clutch on my XL600V

    Transalp
    Hi! I am about to change the clutch on my 1996 TA with 59 000km on the clock. I have bought the EBC-kit with friction and steel-plates, springs and new covergasket. What else do I need? In the manual it says I need a Clutch center holder and a Lock nut wrench. Any tip on making a Center...
  9. For Sale: Tools

    For Sale / Wanted
    Tools for sale all brand new not used I opened some to take pic's Draper expert composite 1/2 drive air gun list price £157 mine £110 Draper expert ratchet torque wrench list £217 mine £150 Draper air ratchet 3/8 soft grip. List £87 mine £60 Draper expert ractchet crimpers and terminals approx...
  10. Crankase screen filter cleaning woes

    Dominator / FMX
    I thought i'd clean the crankase screen filter today while changing the oil. Its never been done since i've had the bike. as adviced by someone in the forum, spare gasket on standby. Bits and pieces off, side cover off. without even taking the screen off, i could see it was spotless, took it...
  11. torque wrench recommendations

    Tools
    i need to replace my old torque wrench so can anyone recommend a mid priced, 3/8 drive suitable for motorbikes bearing in mind it will only be used occasionally and for the usual routine stuff. my old one came from machine mart and served me well so it doesnt have to be a snap-on or anything...
  12. Fastener/tool sizes for '96 TA 600

    Transalp
    Hi all, Looking to build up a touring tool kit for on the road and diy servicings. I bought a Haynes manual hoping it would list the necessary tool sizes, but it doesn't specify all of them; I can conclude, atleast, that the bike is metric. Without crawling over the bike with a...
  13. Clutch centre nut removal -ugh

    Africa Twin
    I've read around here on this. I tried the other day and only broke the ratchet of my socket set. Then I got a socket bar and tried again - can't budge the bas****. I used a long bar extension too. I tried to get an electric impact wrench but could only find air driven ones for sale. There is...
  14. torque wrench recommendations

    Chatter
    This is probably in the wrong forum, but I haven't been around much lately... so it's not my fault :rolleyes: I've been getting by with a ridiculously over big torque wrench for ages, so could do with one in the right scale for the bike... recommendations anyone? Thanks :)
  15. So long and thanks for all the fish.....

    Chatter
    Now we're going to see who's into Douglas Adams.... ;) I'm leaving the fair and sunny shores of Old Blighty for the other side of the world - literally.... I'm moving to New Zealand in 2 weeks! Although it's a huge wrench on my heart to leave family and friends, I'm being drawn over there by...
  16. Stearing stem - castle nut wrench

    Africa Twin
    Hi there, to prepare for the next steering head bearing change, I´d like to get myself a castle nut wrench to correctly torque the toothed steering stem nut. Does anyone have the required diameter of the wrench in millimeters available - I would prefer not to disassemble my bike at this time...
  17. That was close ......

    Africa Twin
    People , Just thought id better lube the chain on the bike , only to find all bar 1 of the sprocket studs nearly out 1 was just touching the swingarm WTF ... When i had the wheels done not SFX i might add the studs must of been removed for blasting and coating and whoever...
  18. What size is the oil filter wrench?

    Africa Twin
    As I already have one for the 7R it might fit the AT if I knew what size the AT filter is. So, can anyone tell me what size is the filter wrench or else what the measurement across flats on the filter is? This will just save me buying one off ebay then finding out it is the same size as my...
  19. Torquing bolts

    Transalp
    Put the brake calipers on yesterday after mounting wheel and managed to snap 2 bolts. Im known as a right heavy handed biff but I was using a torque wrench set at 30NM. Do they get weak over years? Or was it because they had copper slip on that they just kept tightening ?? Luckily I managed to...
  20. clutch replacment advice

    Africa Twin
    Hello guys Just putting the bike back together after replacing the clutch, and there is one bit i'm not sure about. The clutch release plate bolts, the bolts seem not very tight to get the plate where I need it, when I un did them they was tight ish and un did with a crack, but if I tighten...
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