XR650L Head Bolt Torque


6 replies to this topic
  • NMXRThumper

Posted September 07, 2006 - 06:29 AM

#1

Hey guys,
I just bought a 2004 XR650L and I noticed he torqued the head bolts WAY wrong. It looks like he torqued one bolt then the other resulting in a crooked pull rather than a even one. Don't have my service manual yet so can someone give me the head bolt torque value to use? TIA, Thumper

  • GIANTac1

Posted September 07, 2006 - 02:19 PM

#2

Whats up guy. Here you go.
6 total bolts at a torque value of 26 ft-lb. Says to add oil to the threads and flange surface. :thumbsup:

  • LotsOfBikes

Posted September 07, 2006 - 02:56 PM

#3

Use oil or antizieze.

I torqued mine up to 31ft-lbs the second time I did a head job on my 650L. The first time was at 26, and they managed to loosen, and the head gaskett blew out one day near where I worked. That was 6 years ago.

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  • NMXRThumper

Posted September 07, 2006 - 07:46 PM

#4

Thanks guy for the tips and torque. How about I push my luck and get a exhaust header bolt torque value as well? Which maintenance manual would you recommend getting? Where's the best place (cheapest) to buy it?

Thanks again, Bucky in NM

  • cleonard

Posted September 08, 2006 - 08:37 AM

#5

A real Honda manual is best, but a Clymer or Haynes will get you by. If you are not in too much of a hurry keep an eye on ebay. I got my Honda manual for $15 there.

  • GIANTac1

Posted September 08, 2006 - 03:24 PM

#6

Thanks guy for the tips and torque. How about I push my luck and get a exhaust header bolt torque value as well? Which maintenance manual would you recommend getting? Where's the best place (cheapest) to buy it?

Thanks again, Bucky in NM

12 ft-lbs should do ya. I tightened mine up with the calibrated elbow to "good -n- tight ft-lbs".
Try ebay for the manual, its the green one. :thumbsup:

  • NMXRThumper

Posted September 09, 2006 - 05:29 AM

#7

Thanks guys. I used to try the ole "good-n-tight" feel until I broke an engine mounting bolt on a bandit 1200 I had a few years ago. It ended up costing about $50 to have it cut out. I bought a torque wrench soon after. I have to justify the $65 for the wrench anyway. Thanks again, Bucky





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