Note to self:

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by coppertop, Oct 30, 2008.

  1. Double0-12

    Double0-12 Adventurer

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    My torque wrench and I caused enough trouble to the bike, we didn't mean to start any drama here! This was the first time I had ever used a torque wrench I believe. Since I was doing an engine swap I had the wrench for the engine mounting bolts. For some dumb reason decided to torque the plugs because the wrench was there. Usually I just get them finger tight, then about 1.5 rotations or so more. I can find the wrench and manual to put this to rest a little later if need be. In any case my attempt to save $600+ dollars on a shop doing the swap cost me almost that anyway in having them get the threads out of the block. I thought I had tried everything, but after reading this thread I see I could have tried a lot more! :eek1
  2. MsLizVt

    MsLizVt pfft ...

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    Double0-12, et al.

    I apologize. I was just trying to be helpful. If my post was aloof, it wasn't meant to be. It was just meant to be helpful.

    None the less, I nuked it to not perpetuate the drama.

    Sorry,



    Liz
  3. MrBob

    MrBob Out there

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    You're perfectly justified in using a torque wrench on your plugs. Sounds like you mis-read your values, but, it happens. I seem to remember a Mars-bound vehicle going astray because engineers confused metric with non metric measurements, and they were rocket scientists.
    Eventually, your brain remembers what the correct torque feels like and it becomes automatic. Using a torque wrench is the sign of a careful mechanic and someone who recognizes that these values were usually developed by a department full of really smart people.
    People can make any endeavor more complicated than it needs to be and I see no shortage of irrelevant B.S. in this thread. Use your manual, take your time, ask questions when you need to, thing twice when you're unsure, have fun.
  4. ER70S-2

    ER70S-2 Long timer

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    Hiya Liz:
    This is ADVrider. Don't let the occassional dick-head scare you away. I learn lots here, including your post. :freaky
  5. MrBob

    MrBob Out there

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    Second that.
  6. MsLizVt

    MsLizVt pfft ...

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    ER70S-2 and MrBob, et al.

    Thank you for the kind words.

    I learn a lot too, and every now and then I try to give back what knowledge I have that might be helpful.

    For the life of me though, I still have a hard time dealing with the confrontational comments, mean spirited sarcasm, and bullying. It's not my nature to be that way, so it's hard for me to understand why others might be.

    But thank you again for understanding.



    Liz
  7. catweasel67

    catweasel67 Honda XRV 750 RD04

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    Speaking on behalf of the feeble minded, please keep giving - it's the very spirit of this thread, as is a smidgen of self deprecation :)

    And now I'm off to learn what torque is and how it's different from PSI ;p. Up till now it's pretty much been "click" and "pssshhhhhh"
  8. nuggets

    nuggets Fries with that?

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    Bring back your old post. It was cool.:clap
  9. MrBob

    MrBob Out there

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    This place has taught me a lot about taking things less personally, about thinking twice before I react, about rubbing shoulders with people I might never otherwise interact with. And I think it accurately reflects the levels of fear and anger in our society.
  10. Shoganai

    Shoganai Let's do some livin'

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    Know when to walk away.
  11. murgatroid42

    murgatroid42 Great Adventurer

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    And to stay out of Jo Momma. :deal
  12. MiteyF

    MiteyF Long timer

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    I certainly wasn't trying to come off as rude, I just didn't want to turn something that was meant to help into a discussion of something unrelated that wouldn't really be useful.

    No offense intended, whatsoever
  13. MrBob

    MrBob Out there

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    Group hug, then back to wasting time on the internet.
  14. Laconic

    Laconic Anodyne

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  15. kamanya

    kamanya Andrew to most

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    Sometimes the old base gasket sticks to the underside of the barrel and not the case....

    Engines don't like double base gaskets.
  16. troidus

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    The fix is to add a turbo.
  17. murgatroid42

    murgatroid42 Great Adventurer

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    :photog Absolutely!!
  18. Pugsley/Hobbfather

    Pugsley/Hobbfather Been here awhile

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    It is adviseable, when one has a long, winding, narrow, steep driveway, to place one's road vehicle on the road side of the old, prone-to-breakdown truck that is doing the plowing...especially when the truck runs out of gas halfway down the steep narrow part.

    Shoveling a path through the weeds and saplings to go get 5 gallons of gas sucks.

    The best part, is when the truck had gas, but the slope moves it all away from the fuel pump...

    Should get me through another couple sessions, maybe...:wink:
  19. MiteyF

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    Fuel pickups are in the back of the tank for a reason. You can coast downhill, you can't coast uphill.
  20. Pugsley/Hobbfather

    Pugsley/Hobbfather Been here awhile

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    Turns out you can't coast downhill while plowing either!:evil