Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Independence Ohio
It's obvious that the manuals have changed on this procedure over the years.
I don't agree that you should stay away from this task if you can't do it without the manual spelling it out. Someone who works with torque wrenches every day will recognize the need to compensate for an offset adapter right away. But for the weekend mechanic, even if they know better, and do understand angles and leverage, it is still helpful to have the manual turn on the light bulb so to speak, in order to remind you of the unusual circumstance. This is not something people come across very often.
Analogy: When I first got into electronics, it was a pain to remember to put on my ESD wrist strap and heel straps. It took me a long time to get in the habit, and I often got in a lot of trouble. But now, every time I approach any kind of workbench, I instinctively grab my wrist to see if my strap is on, even if it has nothing to do with electronics.
A good service manual is more than just procedures. Whenever something veers from the norm, it should be explained. I have been using torque wrenches for 40 years. This is the first time I ever had to deal with an offset adapter in my life.
2002 Illusion Blue GL1800
Last edited by LarryM; 01-11-2017 at 09:23 AM.