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post #1 of 12 Old Oct 11th, 2008, 10:07 am Thread Starter
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inch pounds of torque?

Putting on my new Cee Bailey's windscreen. They want 25 inch pounds of torque and not foot pounds. I don't have a torque wrench that measures in "inch pounds". Can I just "snug" the screws down? How critical is this?

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I believe most windscreens crack with the screws are too tight. And, I've yet to see or hear of those screws working themselves out. My rule: Just snug them a little bit and call it "good 'nuff". You could always put a leetle dab of blue Locktite on them to lock them in place, if that would make you feel more comfortable.
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Re: inch pounds of torque?

put my new cee baileys just before ccr....just snug. had no problems.

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When I removed my BMW windshield 3 of the 4 rubber pads not there and the 3 holes with out the pads where cracked. I installed a #2-4 cee bailey's winshield and used blue locktite using the short end of the hex wrench for the handle. A good inch pound torque wrench that reads that low is not cheap mine only goes down to 100 in #.
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Re: inch pounds of torque?

Thanks for the quick response. My stock screen had NO grommets around the screw and no pad under the "top" thin sheet metal bracket. I used some silicon tubing and cut grommets to go "inside" the windscreen holes around the screw so there was no metal contact.

Riding from Atlanta to Daytona this Wednesday. We'll know by Thurs. if it worked.

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I use a Craftsman torque wrench that starts at 25 in lbs and goes to 240. I use one at work, too. It keeps me from over torquing and twisting the small screws and bolts I deal with. I'm the worlds worst at twisting them off. Plus, in some of the work I do it's very critical. They run around $70 I think...........

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I had heard that locktite could damage a C.B. windscreen......
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I had heard that locktite could damage a C.B. windscreen......
I use clear fingernail polish
You are correct. There is a threadlock product that is compatible with plastics. It was discussed in an old thread on this issue. Perhaps someone can find the thread or recall the name of the product.
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Do NOT put normal Loctite on screws that are through plastic. Cracking around the holes will result.

The best way is to get new screws from the dealer. The BMW screws for the windshield have dry thread lock compound already applied to them.

The stock windshield had a flat rubber piece between the windshield and arm, and the screws should only be tightened enough to compress the rubber a little, but not tight enough for the shield to touch the metal of the arms.

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Putting on my new Cee Bailey's windscreen. They want 25 inch pounds of torque and not foot pounds. I don't have a torque wrench that measures in "inch pounds". Can I just "snug" the screws down? How critical is this?

Thanks for your thoughts.
Ron

12 inch-pounds = 1 foot pound. So 25 inch-pounds would be 2 foot-pounds (close enough)
Or do like the rest of us, and snug them until the rubber pads squeeze a bit.

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I actually took an allen wrench that had a 3" end and a 1" end. I fastened a 25 lb. bag of potatoes on the 1" end and let that tighten it up. Good to go!!!





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I actually took an allen wrench that had a 3" end and a 1" end. I fastened a 25 lb. bag of potatoes on the 1" end and let that tighten it up. Good to go!!!
That would work, but why pass up a good excuse to buy a new tool?

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