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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-01-2012, 07:11 PM Thread Starter
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Pinch Bolts on front wheel axle

Do the clamps on your RG close all the way around on the front axle? My pinch bolts are unequal and there are gaps on both sides of the clamp that holds the axle on the pinch bolt side.
I called the Harley dealership and they said that it is normal for the clamp to not be fully closed around the axle. My previous bike was a custom from Black Hills Customs and had smooth lowers with hidden hardware. This is my first RG so I'm just wondering if this is normal. Or if I should loosen the assembly up and tighten it down so there is an equal number of threads showing on each of the pinch bolts???? What is the torque number to use on these?
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-01-2012, 07:49 PM
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Adjust your pinch bolts so that there is an equal gap on each side - torque valu is 132 - 180 inch pounds

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Perfectly normal, if the gaps closed up there wouldn't be proper clamping force.

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Thanks fellers! Great forum!!!
No loctite, right?
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Thanks fellers! Great forum!!!
No loctite, right?
Blue loctite is okay,.. I wouldnt go red though because you will have to remove the wheel sometime down the road to change tires..
I made it a habit to apply blue loctite to everything on a Harley,.. and I've never lost anything since.






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I had to look the torque value up as I thought it was lower than what 1st Sgt. had quoted but I was mistaken. He is correct.

As other have said they should be tightened evenly but not all the way closed.

Also they are tightened after the axle nut has been tightened.

Table 1-8. Critical Fastener Torque
Fastener ft/in-lbs Nm
Axle
Front axle nut 50-55 ft-lbs 68-75 Nm
Rear axle cone nut 95-105 ft-lbs 129-142 Nm
Brakes
Banjo Bolts 17-22 ft-lbs 23-30 Nm
Front Brake Disc Mounting
Screws
16-24 ft-lbs 22-33 Nm
Front Brake Caliper Mounting
Bolts
28-38 ft-lbs 38-52 Nm
Brake Caliper Pad Pins 180-200 in-lbs 20-23 Nm
Rear Brake Disc Mounting
Screws
30-45 ft-lbs 41-61 Nm
Rear Master Cylinder Mounting
Nut
30-40 ft-lbs 41-54 Nm
Reservoir Cover Screws 6-8 in-lbs 0.7-0.9 Nm
Front Forks
Axle Holder Nuts 132-180 in-lbs 14.9-20.3 Nm

Hand Controls
Clutch Lever/Handlebar Clamp 60-80 in-lbs 6.8-9.0 Nm
Master Cylinder/Handlebar
Clamp Screws
60-80 in-lbs 6.8-9.0 Nm
Upper/Lower Switch Housing
Screws
35-45 in-lbs 4-5 Nm
Handlebars
Lower Clamp (Riser) Bolts 30-40 ft-lbs 40.7-54.2 Nm
Pivot Shaft
Locknuts 40-45 ft-lbs 54-61 Nm
Swingarm Bracket Bolts 34-42 ft-lbs 46-57 Nm

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Tom - Thanks for the information!
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No worries mate.

I have been working on my front end quite a bit lately and needed to know the info myself.

I am getting the bike ready for a 3 week walk-about as they say down under. Plan on covering about 5-6,000 miles. Actually I will be passing through your area to Hermosa SD. So I am getting the bike ready. Put new tires, new wheel bearings, oil changes, serviced and replaced brake pads. Rebuilt front master cylinder and both calipers.

Greased or tightened and loctite'ed every thing that can be greased or tightened, or loctite'ed.

My problem with the front end is when I serviced the brakes it freed them up so the pistons moved as they should which lead to the discovery that I had a warped brake rotor. The warped rotor wasn't evident when the piston were sticking due to the dust build up. It seems as much as this bike cost HD could spring for some dust boots.

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thught i had read sometime ago that loctite messed with torque specs

anybody know if this is an ole wives tail?
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thught i had read sometime ago that loctite messed with torque specs

anybody know if this is an ole wives tail?
If you clean off the old dried loctite when you disassemble ,there should be no problem.

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