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What is Safety Wire?
Safety wire or lockwire is a type of positive locking device that prevents fasteners from loosening due to vibration and other forces. The presence of safety wiring also serves to indicate that the fasteners have been properly tightened.
Safety wire is available in a variety of gauges and materials, depending on the application. In aircraft and racing applications, stainless steel wire is used, most commonly in 0.032 in (0.81 mm) diameter. Typically, the wire is threaded through a hole drilled into a fastener or part, then twisted and anchored to a second fastener or part, then twisted again.
For the first timers!
Here is a great primer for the basics...
Geared for the aviation crowd (where did you think safety wire came from?) the tips in this article are really general in nature and applicable to motorcycles and racing as well!
Safety Wire Techniques
Here's another good tech page for the basics...
This one is from Aaron Stevenson's site "Cornerspeed"
Geared toward motorcycles it is an excellent reference for the sport rider/mechanic
This page is a very detailed plan of attack on safety wiring your bike!
There are many very good pics showing how to drill, wire and prep the bike for the track.
Kenny Duval covers the tools and techniques he uses when safety wiring. Lots of good info!
How to Safety Wire your bike
This video will give you a great look at safety wiring bolts. It is a perfect example on the technique of multi-fastener lock-wiring...
Watch the video
The Good & Bad!
Explained in detail by a head tech inspector for one of the best road racing clubs around.
Linz Leard wrote this post on the CMRA message board showing all the good & bad on safety wiring... good reading and you can save yourself a lot of headaches by following his experianced advice!
Safety Wiring - The Good, The Bad, The Ugly, The Unacceptable
By Linz Leard & others...
"I've been asked many times how to safety wire a motorcycle for roadracing. It's really not that difficult, and many folks do it right and well. However, many do not. So I'd like to put together a little pictorial of the goods and bads. I'll be taking pix of crap safety wire jobs at MSR and posting them up, so don't be one of those guys. In the meantime, some pix now, some pix later........" Read