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November 18th, 2009, 01:06 PM   #1
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High quality sprocket bolts

Just replaced the rear sprocket and bolts on my 05. The sprocket bolts were Moose. I was not too impressed with their quality. On some of the bolts the allen wrench would not fit quite square causing the wrench to slip when torquing them down. The nuts were just O.K.

On such a critical area you would think that only the highest quality hardware would be found.

Has anyone used or know of high quality bolts for the rear sprocket?

For $10.00 the Moose hardware seems overpriced for what you get.

Why isn't a simple hex bolt used (as on the early models and easy to find a high quality one) as the allen head bolt does not seem to be a great idea when higher torque values are required?
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Re: High quality sprocket bolts

Originally Posted by husabutt
Just replaced the rear sprocket and bolts on my 05. The sprocket bolts were Moose. I was not too impressed with their quality. On some of the bolts the allen wrench would not fit quite square causing the wrench to slip when torquing them down. The nuts were just O.K.

On such a critical area you would think that only the highest quality hardware would be found.

Has anyone used or know of high quality bolts for the rear sprocket?

For $10.00 the Moose hardware seems overpriced for what you get.

Why isn't a simple hex bolt used (as on the early models and easy to find a high quality one) as the allen head bolt does not seem to be a great idea when higher torque values are required?
The allen bolt side is just to keep the bolt from turning while you apply torque to the locking hex nut on the back side. The torque should be applied from the back side where the lock nut is. If your Moose bolts are rounding out just from passively holding a allen wrench in there, they are definitely junk. Usually the countersunk bolts on sprockets can be easily loosened or tightened without having to hold the allen side hardly at all.

All the counter sunk bolts on sprockets have always been Allen heads on the bikes I have had. I always locktite mine on, and I still can get them off without damage as long as I use the hex nut on the back to loosen them (and tighten them).

The highest quality aftermarket sproket bolts I have seen are from Talon. Gold anodized and high quality. I don't know about how they compare to the Moose stuff. All Moose does is buy someone else's stuff and repackage it.

The Talon stuff is European and may be hard to find on this side of the pond. Bolt Motorcycle Hardware Company is on the Net and also makes good stuff.
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Went to the Talon site and found some Titanium sprocket bolts for off road sprockets.

Now we're talkin'!


http://www.talon-eng.co.uk/talon-nuts-bolts.asp

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Originally Posted by husabutt
Went to the Talon site and found some Titanium sprocket bolts for off road sprockets.

Now we're talkin'!


http://www.talon-eng.co.uk/talon-nuts-bolts.asp

Thanks John
Sweet. A little functional Ti bling is always good.
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