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Offline fairwaysflyer

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38mm socket
« on: May 15, 2019, 06:12:55 PM »
I think my steering head bearings need nipping up a bit.  I have ordered a castellated socket to adjust them but need a 38mm socket to take off the top nut. Probably a very stupid question but before a buy a 38 mm socket would one made for impact drivers work just as well. I have seen several advertised at a reasonable price.
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Re: 38mm socket
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2019, 06:24:24 PM »
Impact socket would be fine (if it fits nicely, often heavily chamfered), they're simply (in theory) stronger to reduce the risk of shattering with impact loading and no fancy chrome to flake and cause injury.

I bought this one for the head bearings as it's low in height:
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Sealey-Low-Profile-Oil-Filter-Socket-38mm-3-8-Square-Drive-Oil-Filter-Wrench-/390974354461?hash=item5b07e3341d

also make sure the drive size is compatible with your torque wrench, assuming you will use one.
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Re: 38mm socket
« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2019, 07:10:48 PM »
Thanks. Just ordered one myself. I have a 3/8 drive torque wrench so hopefully it will pull hard enough.
Will have to watch muddysumps video again!

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Re: 38mm socket
« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2019, 12:28:26 PM »
*Originally Posted by fairwaysflyer [+]
Thanks. Just ordered one myself. I have a 3/8 drive torque wrench so hopefully it will pull hard enough.
Will have to watch muddysumps video again!

The top nut is only that big so that it covers the headstock, it isn't meant to be tightened up to a huge torque, make sure you check what to tighten it up to  :028:
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Re: 38mm socket
« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2019, 01:54:18 PM »
*Originally Posted by Dilbert [+]
The top nut is only that big so that it covers the headstock, it isn't meant to be tightened up to a huge torque, make sure you check what to tighten it up to  :028:

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Re: 38mm socket
« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2019, 05:54:01 PM »
Nice link Stevie.P, just bought one too -  as the one I got from halfords was a tad tricky to use given the bevelling on it.

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Re: 38mm socket
« Reply #6 on: May 28, 2019, 07:39:09 AM »
Going to adjust the head bearings today. So the question is.....
Front wheel off the ground or not.?

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Re: 38mm socket
« Reply #7 on: May 28, 2019, 10:45:02 AM »
Front wheel on the ground when you tighten. Off the ground to test by pushing/pulling the forks at the axle to make sure there is no play. And off the ground to test the turning effort. Should just slightly 'flop over' when turned. Don't let the cables interfere on the turn.
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