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PetrolHead
07-14-2007, 04:43 PM
Cleaned, lubed and checked chain this afternoon (thanks kev for the 312 timber tip)... I reckon it might need to be tightened up a little, question is... In doing this, do you all use a torque wrench for the rear wheel or do you simply go by feel?

Clotted Cream
07-15-2007, 03:51 AM
Mate invest in a torque wrench. I was once severely embarrassed when a tyre technitian had to call his buddy to assist in removing the rear axel nut with a breaker bar. I had tightened it so tight, I had stripped some threads and needed a new rear axel:crybaby:

Kev

PetrolHead
07-15-2007, 05:57 AM
Cheers, good to know... I'd more than probably make the same mistake!

PetrolHead
07-15-2007, 10:26 AM
Right then, I need your help... Have been out and invested in a half decent torque wrench (jeez, they aint exactly cheap), bought a 17mm socket for the car, but I wasnt 100% sure what size for the bike... I guessed at 24mm, but when I got home its too small, before I waste countless trips back and forth trying out different sizes, can anyone confirm what size I need, is it an imperial inch? or 25mm? or 26mm?

Steve

athelstan
07-15-2007, 10:59 AM
It's a 26mm socket you need but be careful, the only one I have found to fit is by Draper. These are the sockets sold individually in car accessories shops they rarely come with socket sets. It needs a fairly thin wall in order to fit.

Clotted Cream
07-15-2007, 11:37 AM
Right then, I need your help... Have been out and invested in a half decent torque wrench (jeez, they aint exactly cheap)

Steve

Good man - its a lot more expensive when you over tighten things, or worse, bit fall off the bike whilst you are riding along lol......

Kev

Panda
07-15-2007, 01:18 PM
I bought a 26mm half inch drive Draper Expert socket from ebay for 3.20.
There's some on just now, item number 200122133324.
The Snap On equivalent is 20.

PetrolHead
07-15-2007, 01:46 PM
Fantastic, thanks for all the help, will buy that.

I've used the Ride magazine website a few times since looking for and buying all my bike stuff, seems to have some good tips, but when I looked at the adjust your chain guide, it seems to contradict whats in the Aprilia manual, as it says you should check the tension with someone sat on the bike, does anyone really do that?? The guide is here (http://www.ridetriangles.com/pdf/510/198649.pdf)

PetrolHead
07-18-2007, 03:29 PM
Thanks Panda, its a perfect fit! Job done, just need to decide on either centre stand or paddock stand... dilema dilema :confused:

Clotted Cream
07-19-2007, 01:31 AM
Lump of timber:cheers:

Kev