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Old 26-05-2011, 05:19 PM
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My 2 favourite Shovelhead head bolt tools

Thinking of Baloski's thread (below) here.....I took the heads off my FXWG this week for the valve job and kinda wondered about what tools other people use to make this job easier.

First time I did it a couple of years ago, I really did find out what a bitch it is compared to the relatively easy and accessible Evo.

But I didn't have quite the right tools then. Now I do, and it makes it so much easier, no surprise there.

Can't do without these two beauties.....



the torque adapter is well-known, of course. I fit it to a small breaker bar that has a non-swivel head. then throw a length of square-section hollow bar, or pipe, over the handle of that to give plenty of leverage.


With a combo like that, the 60ftlb bolts are a snip to slacken easily......


Meanwhile, I reckon that dollar for dollar, or pound for pound, the flexible extension is the best tool I have ever bought, and this one was only about 10 quid at a cheap hardware store.

It is INVALUABLE with the Shovel head bolts because it allows you to remove them all so easily once you have cracked them off torque.....and they are fantastic for snugging up into the heads on the reassembly. This pic shows the easiest one to remove, the flexi-extension really shows its value on the ''difficult'' bolts.

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Old 26-05-2011, 05:24 PM
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Re: My 2 favourite Shovelhead head bolt tools

And of course there is a trap for the unwary with this headbolt on the right side, nearest the rear of the rear jug......



That is the one bolt that cannot be fully removed with the head in place. Or installed with the head in place. Because of base-nut interference. You have to remember to put it in place before you fit the head on.

UNLESS....you carefully remove a bit of material from it so it can be angled up into place just scraping past the base nut. Like so. Do it carefully so it can still be properly torqued up. (And of course, clean out all the head threads and head bolt threads before reassembly, and oil the head bolts.)




Simple shade tree stuff. What do YOU use? Sorry if this is suck-eggs for ya, but not everyone has been doing this job blindfold for ten years. I sure haven't.

By the way, the flexible extension is also GOLD for removing that bastard starter-housing-to-inner-primary 1/4in bolt that you have to attack from the right side behind the battery tray. I wish I had bought one years ago....
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Old 26-05-2011, 05:55 PM
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Re: My 2 favourite Shovelhead head bolt tools

Well I've got the torque extension but not the flexible extension.

Having seen your photos though you've got me sold. I shall have to get one.

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Old 26-05-2011, 06:20 PM
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Re: My 2 favourite Shovelhead head bolt tools

nice set of tools ,like the flexi extension will get one I have used cut down spanners and a cut down plumbers wrench with a socket welded on .
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Old 26-05-2011, 10:55 PM
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Re: My 2 favourite Shovelhead head bolt tools

I bought this for taking the heads off the shovel, recommended by a mate of mine at the time, hasn't been used much since the shovel went but one day another shovel will grace my garage I hope



Made by snap. It wasn't cheap but worth every penny
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Old 26-05-2011, 11:55 PM
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Re: My 2 favourite Shovelhead head bolt tools

Whilst I do have a curved spanner like Neil's I have always done my head bolts with an L shaped half inch drive socket bar with a 9/16" socket that is not too long. It clears all obstructions apart from that "retained" rear head bolt which requires the base stud nut to be removed first. The bar is about nine inches but I usually add another bar of about four inches. H-D's own tool from the manual is 94590-73, which is a 3/8" drive bar with a short and a "long" turn at each end and is approximately 16" long. The manual shows a curved ring spanner as the base nut tool.

I can only say that I have never torqued my heads, just gave them a good tighten on clean threads by good quality sockets. Only head problem I've ever had was from using a blue gasket which got bent, stupidly put on the rear head and had to ride 1,500 miles back from Italy with it leaking.
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Re: My 2 favourite Shovelhead head bolt tools

Hi.

Sealey do these : Flexible Extension Set 1/4" and 3/8" PN : AK7342.
The 1/4” drive is 254mm long amd the 3/8” drive 305mm.

You could try you local motor factors or tool shop or Ebay.
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Old 29-05-2011, 09:29 AM
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Re: My 2 favourite Shovelhead head bolt tools

I've got a spanner like that,got to get a shovel now


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I bought this for taking the heads off the shovel, recommended by a mate of mine at the time, hasn't been used much since the shovel went but one day another shovel will grace my garage I hope



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Re: My 2 favourite Shovelhead head bolt tools

This is what you should pay at a Sealey dealer.

Sealey

If at least 6 are interested,I may be able to do a group buy and get them at 6.80 delivered to DART-NEW FOREST-WALESBY.
If pressured,I could prob take one to the Super Sausage.

If I do a group buy,there's no comeback,if you have a problem,you eat it.
I'm not going to get involve with warranty on something like that.
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Old 29-05-2011, 05:52 PM
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Re: My 2 favourite Shovelhead head bolt tools

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This is what you should pay at a Sealey dealer.

Sealey

If at least 6 are interested,I may be able to do a group buy and get them at 6.80 delivered to DART-NEW FOREST-WALESBY.
If pressured,I could prob take one to the Super Sausage.

If I do a group buy,there's no comeback,if you have a problem,you eat it.
I'm not going to get involve with warranty on something like that.
I'm interested Dave.

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