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It should be a 12mm locking nut. I will search for the HD p/N someone sent me after I had the same problem as you.
 

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JollyJeweller said:
...It's the bolt that holds the rear shocks on.
On the other side, Ive put a chromed chain guard on, and it doesn't have a nut supplied.
I've tried a 12mm metric but it doesn't fit, is it an Imperial size?
Thanks.
It should be a 12 mm X 1.75 mm pitch metric nut, HD Part #: 7433M.

Since this is a bolt someone could have changed it to something else.
 

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It's an M12. I got one at Autozone when I took the beltguard off.
 

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So an M12 is a standard 12mm metric bolt?
Weird...I bought 12mm locknuts yesterday and it just wouldn't go on :-(
I don't want to take the bolt out as it will collapse the shocks etc.
Maybe i'll have another go this evening.
Thanks for the answers.
 

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JollyJeweller said:
So an M12 is a standard 12mm metric bolt?
Weird...I bought 12mm locknuts yesterday and it just wouldn't go on :-(
I don't want to take the bolt out as it will collapse the shocks etc.
Maybe i'll have another go this evening.
Thanks for the answers.
Just taking the bottom bolt out isn't hard to line back up and put back on. On my Craftsman jack it didn't even move unless I intentionally bumped or manipulated it.
 

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The locknut may feel like its not the correct pitch. Are you just trying it by hand? If so try it with a wrench"carefully" You may find it threads on quite nice with the addition torque of the wrench. Just don't force it. Good luck.
 

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Before you go and strip it, take it to some place like ACE hardware. They have gauges designesd to detremine what size and thread count you have.
jack the bike up, Then support the rear tire just enough to relieve pressure on the shock. Then remove the bolt. Leaving the bike the way it is, take the bolt to ACE.

They probably have the correct nut also at a cheaper price than HD.
 

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Before you go and strip it, take it to some place like ACE hardware. They have gauges designesd to detremine what size and thread count you have.
jack the bike up, Then support the rear tire just enough to relieve pressure on the shock. Then remove the bolt. Leaving the bike the way it is, take the bolt to ACE.

They probably have the correct nut also at a cheaper price than HD.
You could just take the nut off without collapsing the shock. You can size it up with the nut too.
 

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I have been through these SOB's a couple times working on the air ride.

They ARE M12 x 1.75. All the shock bolts are.

The nut you show in the pic is a all-metal lock nut and is TOUGH to thread the bolt through. I have reused mine a couple times and it is still a pain. I have even run a M12 x 1.75 tap through mine and they are still tough to thread through.

Get it started and put a little muscle in it.
 

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Thanks for the info , I'll certainly give it another try , hopefully this evening, but the weather is (briefly) dry, so i'll probably be out riding it rather than working on it!
 
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