torque values wheels GS Adventure 1200 2009 urgent!

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  1. Duvelke

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    Hey there,

    Bought myself a GSA 1200 2009.
    Planning a trip in a few days and need to change the old tyres by fresh ones.

    I'm pretty handy but can't find the torque values for the wheels and front calipers and front axle bolt.
    Also need the pinch bolt on the bottom of the fork.

    Can someone give me the torques I need

    BIG BiG THx in advance!!

    Grtz Dave
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  3. Duvelke

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    Lewisjr for president!!!

    Thx for the quick reply :clap

    Thx!!
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  4. PerazziMx14

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    44 ft/lbs for the rear lugs.

    Calipers and from axle I just do buy feel
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  5. Duvelke

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    Is that 60Nm for the rear wheel bolts?
    Thx
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  6. ultane

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    I wouldn’t even consider ‘just doing it by feel’. Shown below left is the result of a 20+ year BMW mechanic just doing my caliper bolts ‘by feel’. The right bolt is new. I had to replace all four bolts, and recheck EVERYTHING he touched on the bike. I gave him the work because his wife and I shared the same profession (before I had a career change) Never again. Get the BMW REPROM, and JVB’s service DVD’s, and invest in accurate 1/4”, 3/8”, and 1/2” torque wrenches.

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  8. PerazziMx14

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    At what intervals do you have you torque wrenches calibrated? Do you torque every fastener every time.

    While every fastener has a torque spec (its and engineering thing) not every fastener needs torqued to spec.

    Just because a ham fisted monkey overtightened a few bolts on your motorcycle doesn't mean everyone will do this.
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  9. ultane

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    By god you’re right. Don’t use a torque wrench, ...ever!
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  10. PerazziMx14

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    So where do you send your torque wrenches for calibration nd how often?
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    I’d rather trust a torque wrench off by 15% than my “feel” xD
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  12. PerazziMx14

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    We all know how imperative it is that the turn signal lenses screws, M4 body panel screws and general fasteners be torqued to spec. or failure will be eminent.

    I'll trust mechanical aptitude/ability to guide my through snugging up most fasteners . Its worked thus far for decades.
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  15. ultane

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    Yea. That’s exactly what the guy (20 years experience on BMW’s, also an aircraft mechanic) told me that stretched all four of my brake caliber nuts as shown above next to a new one (for comparison). Keep trusting your mechanical aptitude/skill/feel or whatever you want.
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    Yes.
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    No point of fixin' what ain't broken, right? :D

    Kidding aside, not all fasteners will give you the same feedback as to when enough-is-enough which is why you could use properly calibrated torque wrench - ymmv... :deal
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  18. PerazziMx14

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    I most certainly will. It has served me well for the 1st 4+ decades can't see a need to change that now.

    This is part of having some mechanical aptitude and know what feels right and wrong.

    What percentage of shade tree mechanics do you think keep their torque wrenches calibrated or even know where to get them calibrated? Most people buy the biggest range 18" long 1/2" drive torque wrench they can find that goes from 20 f/lbs to 150 ft/lb then wonder why they break fasteners trying to torque them on the low side of the scale because they don't know a torque wrench is most accurate in its middle range.

    Also saying to use a torque wrench on every fastener is probably more CYA or do as I say not as I do comment. I venture to guess far more fasteners are stripped/broken by shade tree mechanics relying on the wrong or out of calibration torque wrench than those tighten by feel.
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  19. Callisto224

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    I calibrate my torque wrenches myself. Lots of videos on YouTube and written instructions on the web for this.

    For me, using a torque wrench whenever there's a spec makes sense. I do all the maintenance on my bike myself but that only amounts to a couple times a year so I don't really get "a feel" for specific torque settings.
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  20. PerazziMx14

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    Every fastener has a torque spec.
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