Rear Axle Nut, How tight is too tight????
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    Senior Member Old Okie's Avatar
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    Rear Axle Nut, How tight is too tight????

    I have searched the wiki and my manuals and found no reasonable answer.
    I have removed the rear wheel, lubed the splines and checked the brakes.
    How tight should the rear axle nut be, Turbo manual says 58 to 72 ft lbs
    but this is not a Turbo it is '81 CX500C. Seems really too tight.?????
    Pinch bolt at 17 to 21 ft lbs sounds OK.
    1979 CX500C (Marshall's bike)

    1981 Yamaha XS650 (New Adventure)

    1979 Honda CB400T II (Rescued Bike)

    1972 Suzuki RV90(for the grandkids)Ole Smokey

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    Senior Member Thumper's Avatar
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    Per the CX500 shop manual: "Front and rear axles: 40 - 47 foot pounds".
    The 2,4,10 rule: know what is happening 2 seconds, 4 seconds and 10 seconds down the road.

    Current: '03 Kawasaki ZZR1200, '84 Kawasaki GPZ900R, '84 VF500F Interceptor, '83 GL650I, '81 CX500C, '82 GL500I project, '81 CX500C basket case, '79 CB750LTD, '85 CB700SC, '01 Kawasaki ZRX1200R, '72 Yamaha G7S

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    or use the "GM Torque Specs" - Torque it down until it snaps and back it off a half-turn :bom:
    '82 GL500 "GT"
    '97 K1100LT
    '02 GL1800

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