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We used KR barrel nuts which take a 7/16 cap screw. Plenty of room to use those wrenches. I don't think I've ever seen anybody use a torque wrench on a barrel nut. They always stayed tight either kind. There is a syndrome in motorcycles, usually a result of riding a Triumph: Chronic fastener checking. It may have been OK on the English bike as they used soft steel nuts and bolts that stretched, but HD used high quality US fasteners. The syndrome is spotted by some guy constantly tightening an already tight bolt. "Just give it a quick check and turn it just a hair." There is a difference between checking for a loose nut and constantly cranking on one. With Limy bikes the result is you pull over for gas at Hot Coffee, Miss, and do your usual bolt/nut cranking and "pow" a stud snaps off.

If you can't stand oil weeping under the barrels, paint your gaskets with silver paint before using or use silicone sealant like I did.
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Another symptom is guys who have a large supply of common tools in their jacket pockets.

(I used to "jangle" when I walked. Gave up on Pommy rubbish many years ago.

I don't use a torque wrench on cylinder nuts. It's not really necessary.
But I do check them after the first race meeting.
Stop any leaks by lapping in the cylinders while you have your cylinder studs off. Do it correctly and you don't even need gaskets let alone goo.
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Torque adaptor, I have two, same as Eric...

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my thought is it's only 30 little ft/lbs, make it "good-n-tight" by hand and don't think about it anymore until you have to take the jugs off again some years later!
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yep mr. doo. if one can install spark plugs without have to pull heads later, got it whipped!
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It never hurts to go back over the nuts and bolts after a rebuild and check them. Things will "settle" a little after a few heat cycles and after a few good good good, good vibrations.
On my 74 almost nothing ever comes loose. It hardly vibrates.
On my sidecar if I don't use LocTite, R-Clips, Cotter pins, Tie wire, Zip ties and 100 MPH tape - things fall off.

Did I tell you about my carby falling off TWICE at the Titles last year ?
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nope, didn't hear that story
not as exciting as a track but pretty intense for me when i lost the carb while going through a corn field when i missed the curve, dang gravel. it was a mikuni vm38 and the cable kept it on the machine and a smack on the ham can pop it back into the rubber boot.

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have you ever lost your shocks while in mid air??
Not shocks, but lost left grip mid wheelie just after washing bike. Still remember looking directly into grip end in that mere few nanoseconds!
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hahahah that is funny.
one of my worst wrecks was doing a wheelie on a schwin paperboy bicycle and a grip came off and i hit a parked truck.
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On my stroker I have lost more than half the bike I think..
One of my most memorable falling off of parts was when a sport bike pulled up to me at the end of WarWoman and handed me my licence plate still on the bracket.

As for the cylinder base studs I use KR nuts and an extra long Snap-On 7/16" I go over them when i build it then beat the hell out of it for a week then check them once. After that I don't touch them till the next build.
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