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Old June 12th, 2013   #1
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Default Wheel Torque Specs - 2003 ST1300

Hi, I picked up a NoMar tire changer and will be doing my 2003 ST1300 this friday. I was hoping that someone could let me know what to torque my bolts too:

Front Axle
Front Pinch Bolts
Front Calipers
Rear Axle
Rear Pinch Bolt
Rear Caliper

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Old June 13th, 2013   #2
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My rear axle bolt was completely loose after I bought the bike in NJ and rode it home from TX and changed the tires six months later.

Didnt hurt a thing.

Dont have my SM here but I''ll look tonite.
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There is a specific sequence for torquing the front wheel.

1. Torque the left axle bolt to 16 ft.lbs.
2. Torque the axle bolt to 58 ft.lbs.
3. Torque the right axle pinch bolt to 16 ft.lbs.
4. Loosen the left axle pinch bolts.
5. Lock the front brake and push the suspension up/down several times.
7. Torque the left axle pinch bolts to 16 ft. lbs.

Torque specs.
Front axle 58 ft.lbs.
Pinch bolts 16 ft.lbs.
Caliper mounting bolts 23 ft.lbs.
Rear axle 80 ft.lbs.
Rear caliper stopper bolt 51 ft.lbs
Muffler 8mm bolts 20 ft.lbs
Muffler 6mm bolts 9 ft.lbs
Muffler band bolts (2 per side) 16 ft.lbs Anti-seize these.

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Follow the sequence that Paul outlines above to the letter.

Honda has stated that one of the reasons people experience the High Speed Wobble is that they didn't follow that procedure.

I'm not sure I believe that but, it doesn't hurt to follow the procedure.
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A few additions to the front end service to ward off problems.
Clean both fork-tubes axle holes.
Lube both fork-tubes axle holes, light coat of wheel bearing grease.
Lube the axle, more to keep it from rusting than anything.
I've seen more than a few of these with the fork tubes at two different heights.
Insure your fork-tubes are at the same height with each other. Look at the top clamp and align them there.

The 1,4,5,7 sequence while redundant I consider critical.
This sequence assures alignment of the fork tubes and can go along way in reducing stiction (binding) of the forks.
Don't skip this sequence.

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Follow the sequence that Paul outlines above to the letter.

Honda has stated that one of the reasons people experience the High Speed Wobble is that they didn't follow that procedure.

I'm not sure I believe that but, it doesn't hurt to follow the procedure.
I thought it had more to do with reports of the bike pulling to the right?
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Nope.

Although incorrect torquing can also have that effect too.

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I thought it had more to do with reports of the bike pulling to the right?
In my opinion the pulling to the right or The Weave has more to do with the steering stem being over torqued.
With the overly tight steering stem you are constantly correcting and you end up weaving throughout your lane.

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There is a specific sequence for torquing the front wheel.

1. Torque the left axle bolt to 16 ft.lbs.
2. Torque the axle bolt to 58 ft.lbs.
3. Torque the right axle pinch bolt to 16 ft.lbs.
4. Loosen the left axle pinch bolts.
5. Lock the front brake and push the suspension up/down several times.
7. Torque the left axle pinch bolts to 16 ft. lbs.

Torque specs.
Front axle 58 ft.lbs.
Pinch bolts 16 ft.lbs.
Caliper mounting bolts 23 ft.lbs.
Rear axle 80 ft.lbs.
Rear caliper stopper bolt 51 ft.lbs
Muffler 8mm bolts 20 ft.lbs
Muffler 6mm bolts 9 ft.lbs
Muffler band bolts (2 per side) 16 ft.lbs Anti-seize these.

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1. Should be Torque the left axle PINCH bolt to 16 ft.lbs., correct?
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In my opinion the pulling to the right or The Weave has more to do with the steering stem being over torqued.
With the overly tight steering stem you are constantly correcting and you end up weaving throughout your lane.

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The pulling to the right is related to the weight of the rear axle. It can be easily corrected by adding some load on the left side of the bike. I carry my chainlock in the left pannier now, and she goes straight as an arrow.

IMHO, the wobble is just related to the bikes geometry (wheelbase, center of gravity, steering stem angle etc) and stiffness of the frame. It may be enhanced by incorrect torqueing, but the tendency to wobble is just there.
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