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About quick tire changes on a 636 - March 12, 2007, 07:29 PM

Does kawasaki have different bolts for the front fork (Part #92153) so the front tire can be changed easier? The head requires a hex socket and it seems thatthe head strips easy. Since my bike does double duty, I change the tires often. Maybe kawasaki racing has a different bolt for it that takes a socket instead of a hex? Also, different caliper bolts with a socket head qould be nice. I dont remember who told me but someone said that they dont sell the right size at Home Dept.


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March 12, 2007, 07:46 PM

Scorp look up a company called Fastenall they will have or can get what you need.


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March 12, 2007, 08:14 PM

Ok...What about all you racer dudes...Any ideas?


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March 12, 2007, 08:16 PM

the bolts in there now are 6mm allen heads. mine were super duper tight but you can get a high quality allen socket that shouldn't strip out the heads. If you do het hex head bolts don't get anything below grade 5 of course.

You can measure the bolts and order them from the BOLTDEPOT
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March 12, 2007, 08:27 PM

I meant to say allen head. OOPS. I guess I do need to get a top quality allen socket. I have been using just my usualy craftsman. I was told, even if I do get a good allen socket, after time they will still strip. I change my tires OFTEN because I LOVE doing trackdays and regular riding...


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March 12, 2007, 08:50 PM

ALso try McMaster Carr for bolts. I buy all my bolts in 316ss from them and they are fast and not pricey.


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March 12, 2007, 09:05 PM

Suzuki Part #01500-10603 (used to be 01107-10605)

It's a 10x60mm hex head used on the '82 GS1100.

Honda Part #95801-10060-00 is a 10x60mm hex also. A frame bolt on '90-'97 VFR750.


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The front fork bolt I am looking for is 8x40....

I hate alleb head


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March 12, 2007, 10:56 PM

I'd stick with stock and figure out why it's stripping. I've changed many a 636 front tire and never had an issue. You are either over-torquing, are not keeping the tool fully inserted when loosening, or have a bad tool. A properly used allen should not strip.
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I'd stick with stock and figure out why it's stripping. I've changed many a 636 front tire and never had an issue. You are either over-torquing, are not keeping the tool fully inserted when loosening, or have a bad tool. A properly used allen should not strip.

Fru, I do the same double duity and change tires often myself. Torque Wrench. Hands down the best investment, I learned this the hard way when I snapped a pressure plate bolt head off.

Get good Hex sockets too, I got the husky ones from Home Depot, and the one I use to swap my rotors back and forth broke out of the socket. Stipid pos.


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I'd stick with stock and figure out why it's stripping. I've changed many a 636 front tire and never had an issue. You are either over-torquing, are not keeping the tool fully inserted when loosening, or have a bad tool. A properly used allen should not strip.
Why stick with stock bolts? They suck cause of the mass production. You can find better bolts at a lot less price. I buy 316 stainless steel bolts by the 20 for what you can get a steel bolt from a dealer and that just 1 bolt! They look better don't rust and have better threads on them for holding power.


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Why stick with stock bolts? They suck cause of the mass production. You can find better bolts at a lot less price. I buy 316 stainless steel bolts by the 20 for what you can get a steel bolt from a dealer and that just 1 bolt! They look better don't rust and have better threads on them for holding power.
Because I don't know enough about the properties of metals to know whether a different metal compound would stretch the same and have the same friction properties such that the recommended torque settings would be appropriate. Combine that with the fact that I assume that the bolts are designed as hex heads for a reason (perhaps they are less likely to have a corner ground down in a slide which would make them harder to remove). It's just my opinion. It doesn't mean you have to agree.

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I'd stick with stock and figure out why it's stripping. I've changed many a 636 front tire and never had an issue. You are either over-torquing, are not keeping the tool fully inserted when loosening, or have a bad tool. A properly used allen should not strip.
I think it is the craftsman tool that I have. Might go get a snap on set. A couple of people have told me that no matterhow good the tool is, if you do a lot of tire changes, it will strip. An allen key just doesnt seem to be the best type of bolt head to use for something under a decent amount of torque


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March 13, 2007, 05:31 PM

I called Kawasaki about replacement bolts and I asked them why they use allen head screws. The answer - they are lighter. Wow. Hmm..

SV - I ordered the screws from the Honda dealer along with the smaller one. We will see how it works!


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