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post #1 of 3 Old 07-21-2013, 10:59 PM Thread Starter
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Head pipe drain plug

After watching my friend drop his bike in a creek this weekend, and the subsequent hydro lock ect, we pondered the potential for welding a nut on the lowest part of the head pipe and putting a bolt in it to use as a drain plug for such incidents. I realize that's not the only issue but seems like a good way to clear that portion of the water. I don't know if the heat would cause the bolt to freeze in the hole more than anti seize could withstand? Anybody tried this? FYI if you've gotten all of the water out and changed the oil and it starts right up but won't run above idle, check to see if your buddy put the vacuum hose back on the petcock. I'm just saying.
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O2 sensors on cars survive the heat. Sometimes they seize but that is usually a lack of anti-seize on installation. Lots of anti-seize is in order.

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post #3 of 3 Old 07-21-2013, 11:52 PM
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A worthy idea for KLR submariners. Use, as Jeff suggests, an O2 bung. A mild steel one will work on the Gen1 and they have stainless ones that will be more compatible with the Gen2 header. Mine is used frequently and has never seized with liberal use of copper anti-seize. From somewhere along I5 in the California central valley, T.

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