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how important are torque specs? i dont have a torque wrench and i dont know what the specs are on the bolts i wanted to loosen...
i want to take my front fender off just to see how i like the look. im guessing something like that is not as important as the specs on the engine to the frame or something but i just want to double check. im assuming that if i take it off and decide to put it back on that tightening it down with a socket wrench would suffice but let me know....
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You wont need a torque wrench for your front fender bolts, just undo them and if you decide to put the fender back on put a dab of locktite on the threads then nip them up as in hand tight and just a little bit more then leave the bike without starting it for a few hours to give the locktite a chance to cure. There are many things that need a torque wrench like axle nuts/engine mounting bolts/brake calipers, but a front fender isnt one of them
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Like Bicster said you really don't need it for something such as a fender but you should use blue Locktite on the threads to make sure it stays on the bike. You could always get a couple of cheap Torque Wrenches from Harbor Freight, and if you haven't already done so you should get a factory service manual for your bike.
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thx guys, i ordered a manual, dont have it yet.
thx for the info!
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Great tips there from Gcram399, a torque wrench will be one of the most valuable assets in anyones toolbox (apart from a hammer). The service manual is a must have too. If it seems daunting on how to use a torque wrench and about all of the different values and settings just ask and ill be more than happy to help, im a truck driver and use a monster torque wrench to torque up my wheel nuts, now thats a backbreaker!
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Go to Fleet Farm, Harbor Freight, or some other store and pick yourself up one. I found a $30 torque wrench and it works fine. Just remember, inch pounds and foot pounds are different!!! It may seem like common sense, but that mistake has cost me a lot of money in the past!
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ill probably pick one up tomorrow. thx for the info guys. i also have to get some locktite
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Torque wrenches are very important for tightening things down into the softer aluminum engine and primary casings. Steel bolts and aluminum means the steel will always win and strip out your threads. And critical fasteners are a must for a torque wrench. Nothing worse than riding down the freeway and something like your handlebars decide to come off!

And get BLUE locktite for the bolts you want to remove down the road. Red is a more permanent locktite and takes heating with a torch to break the bonds.
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im guessing something like that is not as important as the specs on the engine to the frame or something but i just want to double check. ....
I would agree with your assesment.

Fender bolts? Not worth getting the old TW out of the drawer.

Things like rocker shafts and axle nuts....it is an automatic to use one.
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ill probably pick one up tomorrow. thx for the info guys. i also have to get some locktite
Make sure you get blue loktite. If you use the red loktite you'll never get 'em off in the future.
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