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post #21 of 29 Old 05-06-2019, 09:51 AM Thread Starter
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Interesting thread; I'm sticking with my Gen1 manual 130 ft lbs and replacing the rotor bolt every time......though I doubt it needs to be. One question; who cares if the HT wrench is smaller? ....you guys don't seriously carry one with you, do you?

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Not I, but my toolboxes are nearly full now and I would just as soon not have too many more bulky tools. Why buy a large and bulky tool for twice as much money if a smaller tool for half price works just fine?
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post #22 of 29 Old 05-06-2019, 09:53 AM Thread Starter
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Concentrated heat from a small-medium welding tip applies the heat directly to the steel mounting hub quickly, doesn't heat the rest of the rotor much like a propane torch might. We only need approximately 250-300F. That is still inside of Normal operating temp of the engine.

I only use heat after an Un-successful reasonably stout attempt at cold removal. Screw in the puller After heating.
Have you tried the Kawasaki recommendation of tapping on the puller while you turn it? Or is it easier to just go to heat? Unfortunately, I do not have a gas welder so all I have for heat sources are propane torch or heat gun, neither of which is super concentrated.
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post #23 of 29 Old 05-06-2019, 11:57 AM
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I have never needed to resort to heat, as I said. However, comma, but, my "reasonably stout attempt at cold removal" varies from Paul's by about 70ft-bs with a standard 1/2" breaker bar. That said, I'm sure Paul has seen more tight rotor bolts than I have.

My rotor bolt has been used on about a half-dozen tight ones and shows no sign of wear or stripping, which would indicate I should have used some heat or other means of gentle persuasion. And that's after it has been around the country a few times and used outside my control.

My rotor wrench has witness marks on it but is not marred or gouged.

If you fall into the Clydesdale class I doubt you'll need heat, so long as the rotor wrench has a good hold on the rotor and a strong stop. Just scaling the HT picture it looks like the HT wrench is the same length as the Eagle wrench. It should be fine.

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Not I, but my toolboxes are nearly full now and I would just as soon not have too many more bulky tools. Why buy a large and bulky tool for twice as much money if a smaller tool for half price works just fine?
Fair enough. OTOH, I like high quality, big heavy tools so I don't mind paying a bit more.......and honestly, I probably buy his stuff just to support Mike as much as anything.


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The Happy Trail wrench used to have a price tag of $26.95. So it has seen a sizable price reduction, down to $14.95.

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post #26 of 29 Old 05-06-2019, 04:00 PM Thread Starter
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Fair enough. OTOH, I like high quality, big heavy tools so I don't mind paying a bit more.......and honestly, I probably buy his stuff just to support Mike as much as anything.


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I do also for tools like torque wrenches that I use all the time, but for tools I will use once, twice or maybe thrice - Id rather buy just enough to get the job done correctly and save the money for gas.
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I do also for tools like torque wrenches that I use all the time, but for tools I will use once, twice or maybe thrice - Id rather buy just enough to get the job done correctly and save the money for gas.
That's Harbor Freight.

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I do also for tools like torque wrenches that I use all the time, but for tools I will use once, twice or maybe thrice - Id rather buy just enough to get the job done correctly and save the money for gas.

Can't argue with that; as I've said, I just like to support Mike and everything he makes is just so nice. I also donated to his cause when he was diagnosed.....luckily I still have some gas money left. :-)

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That's Harbor Freight.
You missed the part about doing gathering job correctly.
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