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HOW-TO: Safety Wire 2. Bike content so tune out.
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Post HOW-TO: Safety Wire 2. Bike content so tune out. - March 18, 2010, 11:48 AM

Just finished up an article on this so I thought I'd share.




























Good info here:
http://www.byrongliding.com/lockwire.htm

There was an old thread on this but it currently has no images.

PS, I have the jigs but I bought the pre-drilled bolts because breaking drill bits on grade 6 bolts can hurt.

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March 18, 2010, 12:22 PM

Great info. I safety wire all my bikes. I do hate breaking all of those drill bits. I might have to invest in a jig.





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March 18, 2010, 01:00 PM

As an aircraft tech I approve of this.

I would add be careful about twisting the wire too much.
Should be 6 twists per inch.

And the pigtail should be at the exit of the wire on the second bolt.

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March 18, 2010, 01:08 PM

I thought people only safety wire drain plug, filter, and oil fill cap....

Did I miss something????

I was under the impression that it was to prevent the spill of fluids in a crash....or was this just used as sn example?


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I thought people only safety wire drain plug, filter, and oil fill cap....

Did I miss something????

I was under the impression that it was to prevent the spill of fluids in a crash....or was this just used as sn example?

WERA and CCS require bolts that can possible vibrate lose be saftey wired. Especialy critcal ones like break caliper Bolts.

Some where on the wera board is a picture of an axel some didn't wire up sliding out.


ok found it.....
Axle wasn't saftey wired and as you can see, it's sliding out of the forks.
that pic from from the 5th lap (of 6)... the lap before the nut was still in the alxe.... he's lucky it didnt fall out in the first lap or 2



WERA saftey wire requirements is the most of all the 2 wheeled sports.
Alot complain, but once you get it done its no bid deal.


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March 18, 2010, 02:06 PM

Here is a more detailed reasoning behind saftey wiring more than just bolts that retain fluid.

http://www.sportrider.com/suspension...ues/index.html


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damn...riding on the track causes that much vibration....?


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March 18, 2010, 02:17 PM

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damn...riding on the track causes that much vibration....?
Part of it that while racing, you go thru a few tire changes, Riding the bike on the track you tend to stay in the upper rpm range or rather pushing the bike more.

Some bikes like V-twins have fierce vibrations street or track.


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Buell causes that much vibration, in this case. But yes.

You'll notice that he safety wired so that if one bolt starts loosening it puts tension on the other bolt and tightens it with the safety wire. Ensuring that your parts stay on the bike.


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March 18, 2010, 03:39 PM

where can i get a jig like that? and are there special bits to be used? i went to the link but i couldn't find it.
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nm, i bit the bullet and googled "nut drilling jig" at work. surprisingly tame stuff.
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March 18, 2010, 10:22 PM

Moto content shit clicked in the wrong thread ha

oh well +1 to what Steve said, it's real easy to over stress the wire without breaking it completely

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March 18, 2010, 10:38 PM

Aircraft mechanic here. Looks good, nice example. I would have made it alittke tighter but it will work.
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spend the exta $1 and get the cobalt bits. i started out with the cheap ones and it broke half way through the first bolt. the cobalt bits will get me through about 10 bolts before slowing down. just remember to drill slow, especially when its coming though the other side, and a little cutting oil or wd-40 helps.
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