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Hello All, can someone please tell me the rear axle nut torque spec. for a 2009 Sportster 1200 Low? I need to tighten my drive-belt and my owner's manual does'nt give the spec. Thanks, Low Sporty
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Until a rubbermount owner comes along, I can tell you that on a frame-mount it's 60-65 ft-lbs / 81-88 Nm. It may be different for yours, but I doubt it'll be very different. This thread may be useful to you.
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Hello All, can someone please tell me the rear axle nut torque spec. for a 2009 Sportster 1200 Low? I need to tighten my drive-belt and my owner's manual does'nt give the spec. Thanks, Low Sporty
I never torque axle nuts. I have a big adjustable wrench and once I get it lined up I just get it good and tight, then I always snug the adjusters last, and that's it. I keep hearing that bearings fail if you overtighten them, but so far I have never had a wheel bearing fail on any bike. The spacer that is between the bearings should ensure that all the tightening is against the center races, so I don't see any reason to be concerned. I replaced rear wheel bearings on my Honda at well over 100,000 miles, but they didn't need replacing at that time, I was just going through my checklist after a good headshake.
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Rubbermounts are 75lbs.
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Rm sportster rear axle torque is 95-105ftlbs

Front is 60-65ftlbs and 21-27ftlbs for the pinch bolt

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Ah, my service manual (2005) says 72-78 more than 78 can cause the bearings to seize.
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That seems like a lot of torques for an axle. Are you sure, Jason? DaytonaSportster's 72-78 is more what I'd expect.
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+1, my 2007 FSM calls out the same. Don't forget the E-clip!
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I took it from the 09 hd sm....09 the use a diff bearing. I think the earlier rm bikes use a 1" bearing...the change to the 25mm bearing they made a change somewhere. I thought the op asked about a 09, do that's the pdf manual I looked it up in. if he has something other than the 09 my post may not apply

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