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post #1 of 15 Old 03-13-2007, 02:39 PM Thread Starter
 
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New Bike andd bolts

I know that i'll lose a few bolts and screws over the course of breaking in my bike. Can anyone tell me what the most common bolts to check before riding each day are? I owned a scooter once and within the first week i lost like ten bolts, but never knew where they came from. How do you keep track or what do you all do to prevent this, should i just tighten down all visible bolts every 2 or 3 days for the first 5 miles, or idunno, gimme some ideas?

Again this is my first bike(actually i dont have a license, shhhh) so i got a new one, but seriously have no idea what to look for. I guess the only thing working for me is that i can do just about anything on cars, lawn mowers, and other simple motors.

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post #2 of 15 Old 03-13-2007, 05:06 PM Thread Starter
 
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x6 two threads, both great help.
As for the bolts and screws i can get them at Home depot for free(i work there). Loctite i had expected, im surprised you've had to replace some several times. Once i loctite something, i cant get it off if i want to, lol.

Again thanks for all the help on both topics!!
BTW, i live 2 miles from the shell station too. We must be neighbors, lol.
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BLUE loctite is a big +, I've lost bolts from the rear rack, and the one theat holds the muffler on a few times. ( I always forget the locktite ) The foot pegs is another that gets broke or gone a lot.

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I guess what im really wondering is, have you ever had any bolts come off that were vital to the operation of the bike? Like from the engine or steering areas?
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Lol, sounds like i'll be picking up some fairing size bolts from work. Again, both of you guys, thanks alot for the info.
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I hold on most of my plastic with zip ties. Use blue loctite and safety wire for the rest.
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I hold on most of my plastic with zip ties. Use blue loctite and safety wire for the rest.
That seems like a bad idea, makes taking things off a little hard. A little blue loctite should old most bolts just fine.
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That seems like a bad idea, makes taking things off a little hard.
Exactly. Thats the point.


And I carry a knife with me and a large pack of zip ties so replacement is easy. Blue locktite on everything else though, like subframe, engine mounts, dog bone linkage, etc. Safety wire is great to lock down your oil cap (anti prankster measure) and your axle nuts, as well as the seat bolts.

After losing plastic on the trail, a little inconvenience with zip ties is not as bad as 75 bucks for a new part.
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post #9 of 15 Old 03-15-2007, 07:55 PM Thread Starter
 
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This is a dumb question, i just got my bike and im wondering if there is underseat storage. My dad had a honda something or abother 550 which had underseat storage, that was really nice.

As for saftey tie to keep people from tampering with your oil, thats also ugly looking. Im just going to order the dual star oil cap which requires a wrench, also gunna get heated grips, and magnetic oil cap.
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post #10 of 15 Old 03-15-2007, 08:02 PM
 
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You dont get it, its not about looks, its about what works. I got my 96 model bike like a year ago when I was 17, and I learned functionality is the key.

As for the oil cap, I dont zip tie it, I safety wire it. As far as under seat storage, just look underneath. Take it apart. Look inside. Mess with your bike, dont just look at it.

I have done almost all the mods you can do to a klr, and I dont buy from dual star. They are unhelpful, and the service is terrible. And its a mag drain plug, not an oil cap. Heated grips are for wimps, imho.
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