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Torque Spec For Front Fender?

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I've been searching through my owners manual looking for the torque spec for the front fender on my 2000 YZ426. I found the spec for the rear fender to be 5.1 lb-ft, could this also be right for the front fender? How about the front number plate?

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2000 YZ426F

2001 CR500R

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I see what you mean. It doesn't specify the torque values for the front fender in the service manual. Apparently, there is an assumption that these are pretty much generic fasteners with the same torque values. When it comes to certain fasteners such as these, I use the split-finger method. I snug them down finger tight and then using a T-handle with two fingers on each side of the T, I give them a fairly snugging down. That's approximately 5-7 ft/lbs. If you give the theads a light coating of the blue thread locker, then you won't split the plastic, and you get the fasteners out easily, yet, plus, they won't vibrate out. I've yet to damage a panel or lose a fastener this way. Not to mention, never strip any threads. As time goes on, you get a feel for how tight is right for certain fasteners. Naturally, when it comes to things such as cam cap bolts, I definitely carefully torque them down.

At the New Orleans S/X, I was seated directly above Ferry's mechanic and watched him work on the bike. I noticed how BK used his T-handles. With the plastic panels, he used the split-finger method. On larger frame and engine fasteners, he would add his other hand and give them a little extra. He used a sensitive feel. On the rear axle nut, he would postion the box-end horizontal and then move the nut a little at a time until he only used a certain amount of his body weight to get the tightness he desired. I never saw him use a torque wrench.

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I learned my lesson the hard way, steel fasteners into aluminum need to be torqued or you can strip them easily. Thats the reason I use my torque wrenches on every bolt. I haven't stripped any yet but the previous owner did and I got to fix them. I used my torque wrench set to 5.1 lb-ft on the front fender bolts and it felt just about right. Anyone with the shop manual care to enlighten me?

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2000 YZ426F

2001 CR500R

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