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Thread: anyone know the PROPER torque specs for the Oil drain plug - 06 XB12ss

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    I agree excellent idea!
    So I safety wired my drain plug too.

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    You do realize this post is almost 3 1/2 years old, right ?

    I guess with all the new members, it's a good idea to bring up again.

    If you do a search on torque values, you might be able to find the list that was posted on the wrong torque values listed in the manual.
    Last edited by njloco; 09-25-2019 at 07:22 PM.

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    Ya, it was listed as FT/lbs, not IN/lbs as it should be.

    It is a tiny plug that's under no pressure, a rubber o-ring, and going into aluminum.
    Slow down, THINK about it, and let the very rare 'common-sense' prevail... or get to know the service manager better.

    Sorry if this seems harsh, but I've never met a drain plug that wasn't shade-tree'd into oblivion.

    Or lug nuts either

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    Tighten till it gets springy then back off 1/4 turn
















    NO DONT DO THAT...........................
    its sad I have to add a disclaimer to this post...

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    I find I crush and squeeze out the o-ring and that causes leaks. I go a breath past hand tight. I had to replace my carís oil pan this spring because I over tightened the damn drain bolt. So itís finger tight for me.

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    The safety wire isn't a bad idea, just more of a PITA than I want to deal with every 3000 miles.

    I'm a 'breathe on the wrench' guy too. I put a paint line down the plug and to the swing arm, a finger twist or a quick look tells me if it's loosening up. It has never moved.

    One could also put one of those valve things on there and use a copper washer to slightly over torque that assembly. In theory, you'd never have to remove it. In theory...

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    I have safety wire on both of my drain plugs
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    http://www.buellxb.com/forum/album.php?albumid=129

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    I forgot to add, theres definitely cool guy points with safety wire I'm just tired of poking holes in my fingers with it

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    I installed a disc lock that also has an alarm on mine, if it gets loose, the alarm goes off to let me know to tighten it back up.

    I should have done Cooter's idea but then I wouldn't have the cool sounding alarm !
    Last edited by njloco; 09-27-2019 at 12:30 PM.

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    ^^^^ NJ , you have got to post a pic of that!!



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