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Old 11-14-2012, 06:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What tool do u use for upper & lower front caliper mounting bolts?

I have: 2005 Road King Classic
My guess is a 10.5 mm hex socket, & the service manual doesn't say anything about it. I hate to strip the bolts . My 10 mm wrench is not a tight fit. Thanks for any help
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Old 11-14-2012, 06:52 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Eh Greg

Last brake caliper conversion I did was on a 2000 RK, it was a 10mm 12 point socket.
I am sure they haven't changed it so ya may want to try it. Trick is use a quality socket & as you go to loosen the bolt push with one hand inward on the ratchet head as you go to loosen it so the socket remains seated, reason is... there may well be loctite on the bolt. The longer the handle is on the ratchet the better.

Check your socket for wear

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My 2002 Road King uses a 10mm 12 point. Nice snug fit, no slop.
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I have: 2005 Road King Classic
My guess is a 10.5 mm hex socket, & the service manual doesn't say anything about it. I hate to strip the bolts . My 10 mm wrench is not a tight fit. Thanks for any help
Use a 10 mm, 12 point socket, with a breaker bar. Red Loc-Tite on bolts also. To loosen up Loc-Tite, heat bolt with heat gun to 400degF first . After heating , normal hand tools can be used to remove bolts .




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I wouldn't use Red Loc-tite on these bolts. They stay put just fine with the proper torque. Red Loc-tite on a bolt makes it a real bitch to remove afterwards.
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Old 11-15-2012, 09:15 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I wouldn't use Red Loc-tite on these bolts. They stay put just fine with the proper torque. Red Loc-tite on a bolt makes it a real bitch to remove afterwards.
Eh John ... I can't agree more with your recommendation of no loctite. Dont know what all this loctite is all about but it is way overused. Now a days its on everything I am thinkin HD Ford GM & Chrysler must be major shareholders in Loctite. What a crock.

There is no substitute for proper fastener with proper torque. If a person is concerned ride 200 miles and check it for tightness.

At the very most one drop of blue will suffice if your a worrier.
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I wouldn't use Red Loc-tite on these bolts. They stay put just fine with the proper torque. Red Loc-tite on a bolt makes it a real bitch to remove afterwards.
It's on bolts from the factory.... thus the need to use heavy duty tools or heat bolt to 400 deg and then use normal tools. It's not that big a deal. Use soldering gun on small bolts and any good heat gun on bigger bolts.





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10mm/12 point......I have used a 10mm box wrench (12 point) before when the socket wasnt avail....agree w the no loctitie needed....or if your skeerd, use the blue, not the red
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