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Author Topic: Rear suspension linkage  (Read 177 times)

Truck

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Rear suspension linkage
« on: May 07, 2020, 11:29:55 PM »
Iíve replaced the rear spring on my 2009 xl1000 all good, apart from I had to undo the bolt on the suspension linkage to the swingarm to gain a few mm of clearance to get the shock out, after reinstalling the shock I checked the manual for the torque settings top shocker nut torque 59nm all good, bottom shock mount to linkage 44nm all good, linkage to swingarm 88nm ??? Hmm.... seams a little excessive for a 12mm bolt but it says so online and the manual to torque it to that so I gave it a go and surprise surprise it stripped the thread clean out the nut, so ordered a new nut and bolt, the bolt was on backorder, waited 3 weeks and tried again and the nut feels like it is about to give in again. Anyone know if this is a typo in the manual ?
I did also notice in the manual there is a torque figure for ďshock link bracket bolt (12mm) 64mnĒ (same size as what Iím trying to torque) there is also one for 14mm @72nm but I canít figure out what these bolts are as the shock link bolts in the parts diagram are 10mm ???
Never knew it could be so hard to tighten a nut and bolt to the correct torque lol. Anyone else come across this or any ideas ?
Thanks in advance Truck.
« Last Edit: May 07, 2020, 11:32:43 PM by Truck »

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Re: Rear suspension linkage
« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2020, 10:59:41 PM »
88,  59 & 44 is as per the OEM manual.

Are you sure that your torque wrench is reading correctly ?
I wonder what happen if I click on this - Ooops

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Re: Rear suspension linkage
« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2020, 10:56:18 AM »
88,  59 & 44 is as per the OEM manual.

Are you sure that your torque wrench is reading correctly ?
Yea the torque wrench is correct and was calibrated last month just before lockdown kicked in, I have now managed to torque it up I replaced the nut and bolt again then did it in 5nm stages  up to 75nm left it for a day then 80nm, another day to 84nm Then after 8 hours did the remaining 4nm to 88, all I can think is the nut and bolt wanted to stretch a little and settle before reaching the required torque

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Re: Rear suspension linkage
« Reply #3 on: Today at 07:32:34 AM »
I agree with your thinking that 88Nm seems too much pressure on a 12mm bolt which could fail at any time. There are different grade bolts but 88Nm is close to the maximum for the more common 12mm bolts. I'm old school and still think in foot pounds and 88Nm is about 65 foot pounds, about the same as car wheel nuts and not much different to motorcycle axle bolts which both use much larger nuts/bolts.

 


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