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But I may not be able to weld the hardened socket anyway.
If the weld fails "unlikely" you've just lost a broken socket, a dollars worth of pipe and some time.

What's that old saying (Nothing ventured nothing gained)?

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I just talked to my welder. He says you can't weld the black pipe. It will crack. And like John said. If I get the socket hot enough to weld it will melt everything else.

My welder said I don't want to use pipe. He says use tubing. It's the right kind of steel. He said he might have some that will work.

Then he said he could use a cnc machine to make me a square hole in a piece of round stock and weld that in the tubing. Then I could use my torque wrench.

That's all well and fine. But there goes my glory of building my own tool. I think I'll still make one that the every day Joe can make. Just to do it,,,lol.


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I'll still make one that the every day Joe can make. Just to do it,,,lol.
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Maybe I missed something in the thread, but why not just grind down the appropriately sized 1/2" drive socket so you have the 4 "tabs" to grab the adjustment nut? That's the only special tool required. The locknut doesn't need a tool, it's only hand tight and the stem nut, if I recall, is just a standard 30mm socket.
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Maybe I missed something in the thread, but why not just grind down the appropriately sized 1/2" drive socket so you have the 4 "tabs" to grab the adjustment nut? That's the only special tool required. The locknut doesn't need a tool, it's only hand tight and the stem nut, if I recall, is just a standard 30mm socket.
Well I don't have the right size socket. But I did just look on ebay. I can get a cheapie if I knew what size.

I haven't tore my bike apart yet. But I'm using a spare steering stem from a 1200 that I have for mock up. The stem nut on it is a 4 prong. So the tool would be just like for the lower nut except smaller.
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I haven't tore my bike apart yet. But I'm using a spare steering stem from a 1200 that I have for mock up. The stem nut on it is a 4 prong. So the tool would be just like for the lower nut except smaller.
You're right, idk what I was thinking. It's just like the nut on the 1100. Guess I've just gotten used to the 1500.
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If you have the nuts off your spare stem, just take them with you to a pawn shop and compare the O.D. and wall thickness of the ones they have in the two dollar bin
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Here's my homemade version.The slots are for re-torquing later if need be,so you don't have to disconnect your wiring.

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Here's my homemade version.The slots are for re-torquing later if need be,so you don't have to disconnect your wiring.
Can you elaborate on how you made yours.


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