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I got a new derby cover for Christmas, and was going to put it on myself. Only thing is I don't have a lift or jack to keep the bike upright. Any suggestions or tips from the experienced wrench spinners? Also the torque settings would be about 8-9 lbs/lbs right?
 

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A 2x4 under the kickstand works pretty well, or a buddy that you trust

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you don't really need that. there shouldn't be that much oil in there, and if there is, it's overfull. just on the off chance that it is, put something under there to catch any overflow so you don't get your floor dirty.

now, for some random thoughts in no particular order:

is it hd or aftermarket? if hd, it should have a groove in it for the quad ring. if aftermarket, you'll need to get the pancake gasket.

do you have new screws? why put the crappy zinc screws back in if you have a nice shiny cover? torx or allen, doesn't really matter (some say it does, but i've not had a problem with the torx screws in over 10 years and i've removed my derby a whole bunch of times)

make sure you use a t27 on the torx and not a t25. otherwise you'll be drilling the heads off the screws.

make sure the torx bit is engaged in the screw as far as it will go, and hold it straight while you turn it so you don't strip the heads.

use a small dab of anti-seize on the new screws and don't overtighten them, 8-9 ft/lbs is about right. tighten them in a star pattern, and don't do the final tightening until they have all been tightened some, keeps the stresses even. if you want to use a torque wrench, go for it, but not really necessary. it is not high pressure behind it, so a little snug is good. really tight is bad.

i'm sure someone else will chime in with something i forgot.
 

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Skratch- Thanks for the tips. It's an aftermarket and I have the flat gasket for it. I think the stock bolts will be fine for the cover (see attached photo).
You mentioned anti seize, but why not locktite?

 

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I scraped the torque head screws for allen screws and I am a lot happier with them. Don't use anti-seize use yellow or blue lock tight, the derby covers from HD come stock with yellow lock tight on the new screws but if you go with the allen head screws you can use blue lock tight. I have had the derby cover screws loosen up due to vibration after doing a fluid change and not using lock tight.
 

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Thanks for the tips. No oil leaked when I took the cover off, now the same can't be said for putting it back on ;).
Here she is on. Small victory for the mechanically challenged.



Just for future reference, where would I get the different bolts at?
 

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I like it!
 

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Thanks for the tips. No oil leaked when I took the cover off, now the same can't be said for putting it back on ;).
Here she is on. Small victory for the mechanically challenged.



Just for future reference, where would I get the different bolts at?
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You mentioned anti seize, but why not locktite?
Don't use anti-seize use yellow or blue lock tight, the derby covers from HD come stock with yellow lock tight on the new screws but if you go with the allen head screws you can use blue lock tight. I have had the derby cover screws loosen up due to vibration after doing a fluid change and not using lock tight.
i have always used anti-seize on these bolts. with the 2 dissimilar metals, anti-seize will act as a 'buffer' to keep oxidation, and the corresponding headaches, at bay.

i have never had any of the derby cover bolts loosen up on me. and that includes on my paint shaker rigid mounted sporty.
 

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Hey, your every 5000 miles service requires that the derby cover be removed. Just hand the new one to the tech doing that service and ask that the new one be used when things are put back together. The cost to install should be very close to zero.
 

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Looks great. I was gonna say to throw the wife under there to hold it up. Oh I mean have the wife help hold bike up. :)
 
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