Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Langley, British Columbia, Canada
Model: '85 GL1200 Aspy
.... and I think that shows why a torque wrench is a VERY useful idea, specially if its a thing you don't do very often .
My Pinch bolts and top cap springs had been tightened , probably 25 years ago, by a Gorilla .
The Hex wrench/allen key was bending on removing the pinch bolts ... after two, I went and got my torque wrench , and measured the next 4 pinch bolts, as I removed them
-- They were at about 85 to 90 ft-lbs !!
Good Grief : my manual says 10 to 16 for the pinch bolts, and about 20 for the top seal cap.
Bolts over tightened THAT much can stretch ... so I spun each into a nut, by hand , before re-installing them in the triple clamp ..... and set them at the correct torques , too.
I'd humbly suggest that you carefully check both your caps, and pinch bolts before buttoning it up .
If bolts are tight enough to damage your shoulder ( Or bend the black metal hex wrench ) then some damage to threads and bolt may have already been done .
1985 Aspy Pinstriped Powder Blue & Matching blue Trailer.
"Mathematics is the Music of the Mind"
Gray-haired bikers don't get that way from pure luck.