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Old 05-15-2019, 06:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Stripped fender nut - ideas???

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I needed to add more spacers to one of the saddlebag mounts so I dismounted it and while putting it back somehow managed to strip the nuts that are welded inside the fender. It was probably my mistake. Was rushing on it and most likely didn't put the bolts straight. Front one seems to be ok. I managed to tighten it and it seems to hold. Rear is really messed up. So I need to somehow cut it off and maybe just buy a new nut to replace that. Another thing is - I can't take the wheel off here at home so the access is very limited. Any ideas?

My only thought was to squeeze a file in between the fender and a wheel to file it down as much as possible, drill it and use a normal m8 nut on the inside. I don't know how realistic is this and how long it will take to file it.
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Old 05-16-2019, 08:24 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I'd take a look into a HELI COIL thread repair kit.. might solve your issue .. or the next step would be to drill it out so it's just a little bigger and just get a longer bolt and nut it from the backside with a nylock nut. You might get better access to the bolt if you raise the bike and allow the rear to lower out of the fender.

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Have you tried to re-tap it? Obviously longer bolts and another nut may protrude enough to cause tire damage especially if running a 240 or bigger. Only other solution is heli-coil as described or drill and retap to next size, I would drill and retap before using heli-coil I've have 50-50 luck with those holding when you have to remove the bolt again. Sure wish you lived close to me, I'd weld a new nut in for ya.
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Thanks for info,
I just ordered a heli-coil kit. Makes me really nervous but I will give it a shot.
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Just wanted to report success. Received the kit and tried it today. And it worked beautifully. I had to redo it a couple of times because I wanted to make sure I break the tab off right at the end of the thread and used a red thread locker for the thread hoping that it will hold it in place if I ever need to take this bolt out but overall I am happy.
So thanks again for the advice. I did not know such thing existed.
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Glad it worked out for ya. Safe riding !!
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