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post #61 of 89 (permalink) Old 03-29-2019, 08:57 PM
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I'm a better safe than sorry mechanic. If you have a torque wrench, why not use it
I would venture to say " If you have common sense, why not use it?" . Still ....


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Probably there is more variance in common sense than an uncalibrated torque wrench.
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Probably there is more variance in common sense than an uncalibrated torque wrench.
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After reading this thread, I think i will use some well chewed wrigley's spearmint to seal my oil plugs. XD
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After reading this thread, I think i will use some well chewed wrigley's spearmint to seal my oil plugs. XD
Well kikwaam, your frustration is understandable:

We have all sorts of "experts" telling you the sealing washer of a drain plug is of little importance. That you can feel 20 nm exactly, by hand torque! That the impression left by torque on a crush washer, is meaningless.

They are unable or unwilling to accept concepts easily explained by real mechanics, a service manual, a Kawasaki technician or even a simple Google search.

They claim vast experience, but tell on themselves with every contradictory post.

Yeah, for all the good it did for those of us that tried to help, rather than bluster - you might as well use that chewing gum.
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After reading this thread, I think i will use some well chewed wrigley's spearmint to seal my oil plugs.
Yeah, I'm sorta thinking the same. There is much hoopla about very little in this thread.

In about 1/2 hour I'll be changing my oil, using the original 2008 washer, and the two original 2008 orings, and no torque wrench.

And what's going to happen? Exactly nothing, same as every other time, except the oil and filter are changed. There will be zero leaks, no stripped threads, and the Earth is not going to switch poles.

Once again, anyone wants to change them, hey, good on them but the prophecies of gloom and doom are greatly exaggerated.
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Shit, I gotta change my oil!!!!!


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Nylon Crush Washer?

Time to change oil on my 09' Nomad VN1700 so I went to my local automotive store to purchase Mobile 1 20W-50 v-twin oil, K&N hi flow filter, and the aluminum crush washer. The clerk told me that they didn't have a 12mm aluminum crush washers but could offer me copper or nylon. He recommended a nylon crush washer and I naively accepted his advice. Would anyone care to comment on how I should proceed?

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Time to change oil on my 09' Nomad VN1700 so I went to my local automotive store to purchase Mobile 1 20W-50 v-twin oil, K&N hi flow filter, and the aluminum crush washer. The clerk told me that they didn't have a 12mm aluminum crush washers but could offer me copper or nylon. He recommended a nylon crush washer and I naively accepted his advice. Would anyone care to comment on how I should proceed?
I'd reuse the original before I'd sub in an unknown. That said, with a gun to my head, of the two I would have gone copper since the original (at least on VN2K) is metal.

As mentioned a couple posts back, once again I reused the original 2008 washer on my VN2K and same as every time before there are no runs, drips, or errors. LOL.

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