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Size of nuts

I am going to attempt to do my own chain adjustment. I have the stand, the spools, and I even bought a torque wrench... but I don't have big enough sockets for the wrench. So I'll need to buy some, but I don't know what size. Can someone tell me the size of the rear axel bolts?

Also, do cotter pins come in sizes? If so, what size do i need?

Those of you who've done this before... are there any other tools I'll need that I haven't thought of?
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If you download the free .pdf file service manual (listed elsewhere on this site) it gives you all those specs. Chain adjustment is easy. don't be intimidated.
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You might be interested in this. I did it today. Machog is right on in his torque specs.

http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ead.php?t=1784

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Good set of impact sockets 10mm to 27mm. Torque wrench 20-100ftlbs, oil filter wrench, hex set 8mm to 14mm. 8mm to 19mm or bigger if you can find them, open-end wrenches. You'll need two 12mm open-end to adjust the chain tension bolts. Whole lot from Harborfreight set me back about US$60.00-70.00, can't remember exactly.

Can of good chain lube. This is the stuff I use, its excellent and use it every 300 to 500 miles. Chain will last you 20k miles, plus needs a lot less adjustments. I'm over 10k miles with no adjustments to the chain other than when I added a 16tooth engine sprocket.



Other nice to have stuff, multimeter, also cheap from HF.

Small 12 volt pump and tire plug kit-I had three flats in 2007 hundereds of miles from home and in one case 100miles from anywhere.


Pump & plugger fit under the V seat with a minor modification.


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Hey Machog......... I noticed you said to use a 24mm socket on the Front Sprocket Nut. Were you using the square part of the nut? I used the 6 sided socket part of the nut and had to use a 27mm impact socket.

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Sorry that's a typo, you are totally correct its a 27mm and its 27mm on the rear chain side as well. Think my KLR was a 24mm.

Tx for the correction.

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Thought that was more porno spam when I saw your title.

Here's a corrected messeage-its a 27mm you need not 24mm-sorry for confusion and thanks to dallason for pointing out the error of my ways
You need 22mm and 27mm sockets. I HIGHLY recommend getting the 6 sided impact sockets. Many of us have experienced well over-torqued nuts on a number of places on the V. Particularly on the rear sprocket nut and engine sprocket nut.

If you get the regular old chrome multifaced sockets they tend to split or round off the nut.

If you live in USA, www.Harborfreight.com is a great place to pick up great value tools, torque wrenches, sockets, hex wrenches etc.

BTW, you'll need a big hex 14mm (not in your average tool kit) if you ever want to take the front wheel off.

Here's some torque values as well;
Final Drive
Engine Sprocket Nut 125 12.7 92 MO
Rear Axle Nut 108 11.0 80
Rear Sprocket Nuts 59 6.0 44
Speed Sensor Bolt 7.8 0.80 69 in·lb L
Speed Sensor Bracket Bolts 9.8 1.0 87 in·lb

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Sorry that's a typo, you are totally correct its a 27mm and its 27mm on the rear chain side as well. Think my KLR was a 24mm.

Tx for the correction.

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Thanks for the update. I thought I had some kind of odd thing going on there!

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Machog, I did exactly the same mod to the area under my seat. Were you as surprised as I was when you cut through the rectangular area and realized it was hollow? I used a sheet of ABS and some silicone sealant to cover the holes. I actually had plans to put my tool roll in that spot, but it didn't fit to my liking. I had not thought to put my Slime pump (same one as you) there, but it will be there before night's end.

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I used silicone-the white in the photo and put duck tape underneath until it set up. I tried to make sure I didn't weaken it to much, so I left a bit of the cross member in there.

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Hey Machog I just bought one of the pocket pluggers as I had a screw in my tire. I used it today and it worked great. Real easy to do. I was just wondering if you have had to plug a tire and if so have you rode any distance on the tire. I have ordered new tires but it will be a week or so before I can get them and get them on. I really want to take a trip this weekend about 260 miles. Iam not a speedy rider or at least not most of the time. I know that it is supposed to be a temporary plug and not to exceed 50 miles per hour. I just wondered if you had any previous experience with lease type of plugs and durability?
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If the tire doesn't leak, or only very slightly, in my non-scientific view, you'll be fine for a gentle 200-300mile + trip. I would think heat and speed are the biggest threats to the plug.

I had 3 flats in 07 (all in rear tires), put about 1200 on the first, but it was a bad puncture and it still leaked a little, so decided to buy a new one.

The second I put over 2000 on and it never leaked was never a problem-the third was also high mileage, can't remember what, as I sold the bike (I did tell the new owner, who wasn't the least concerned).

I also put a plug in a friends Lexus RX 300 4x4, over 2 years ago and he still has it in there.

I follow the instructions the letter and think its an excellent product and solution. Worst case in my view is you'll get a slow leak and it could effect the way the bike handles.

It would be a good idea to check pressure every time you stop for the first 100 miles or so, if it doesn't leak you should be fine.

You'll get various views from well informed folk on this forum, take a consensus.

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Thanks evrybody. I went to Harbor Freight and got a set of deep impact sockets (up to 32mm), a set of open end wrenches, an impact wrench adapter kit (so I can use 1/2" sockets with my 3/8" wrench), and a set of long hex bit sockets (I don't need them for this project, but I've always wanted some). The total cost was about $55, or about the same as just a socket set at Home Depot.

And yes, I did ride the V to pick up the tools. I was worried the socket set wouldn't fit in the bags, but it did. And yes, I deliberately left the title of the thread open to interpretation... I figured I would get attention and and an answer faster that way. And it worked!

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Thanks evrybody. I went to Harbor Freight and got a set of deep impact sockets (up to 32mm), a set of open end wrenches, an impact wrench adapter kit (so I can use 1/2" sockets with my 3/8" wrench), and a set of long hex bit sockets (I don't need them for this project, but I've always wanted some). The total cost was about $55, or about the same as just a socket set at Home Depot.

And yes, I did ride the V to pick up the tools. I was worried the socket set wouldn't fit in the bags, but it did. And yes, I deliberately left the title of the thread open to interpretation... I figured I would get attention and and an answer faster that way. And it worked!
Don't you just love Harbor Freight? I've been buying stuff there for over 10 years and really haven't had a tool failure, but if I had, they are cheap enough I could buy another. As time has gone by, they have gotten better quality control over their tools and most of the tools today are really good and at a great price. No one as said anything about cotter keys but you can buy a package of about 100 of different sizes from Harbor Freight for about $1.50 or so. Ok, I'll quit now.

One other thing I noticed in your thread. You said you are going to be using a 3/8" impact wrench with a 1/2" adapter. Nothing wrong with that but I was thinking that the 3/8" impact might not be strong enough to break the front sprocket nut loose. I used a 3/4" and it hit a few times before the nut gave way. Please let us know if you are successful at breaking it loose with a 3/8" impact wrench. If so, you might save readers some money.

Anyway, hoped we helped some and take care.

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