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post #1 of 6 Old 03-12-2015, 06:00 PM Thread Starter
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bolts that won't go back in

Took off the bolts on the rear hand grabs and they were either rusted or the threads are damaged because they will not screw back in.

What options do I have?


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post #2 of 6 Old 03-12-2015, 06:07 PM
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I utilize those eBay side panel guards that really don't do much but are a good tiedown point for stuff on the seat behind me so I keep using them.

They bolt to the rear rack/hand grab holes; the ones on the side. I've found that every time I take those racks off to access the air filter or battery, the rear rack shifts quite a bit and I have to finagle it around to get the hole/threads to line up again. It's like the front of the rack pops up and back as soon as I take those bolts out so everything's out of alignment.

Have you taken a good look to make sure the holes in the rack are aligned with the threads?



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post #3 of 6 Old 03-12-2015, 06:50 PM Thread Starter
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I have the grab rails off so it appear to just be the bolt hole in the frame. I don't think there is anything else to align with at that point.


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post #4 of 6 Old 03-12-2015, 07:13 PM Thread Starter
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Ok so I got one in, turns out the other actually had snapped off inside the frame and I didn't notice it was a little shorter at first.

So now I have to figure out how to get that broken bit out.


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post #5 of 6 Old 03-12-2015, 08:04 PM
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On my gen2 KLR those holes are open on the back side. In that case I would consider soaking the bolt in penetrating oil and drilling a small pilot hole a short way into the center of the broken bolt. Then I drill through with a larger bit, but one small enough not to damage the threads. The oil and the heat from drilling could cause the bolt to catch on the bit and go out the back. If not, I would use an easy out extractor in the drilled hole.
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post #6 of 6 Old 03-13-2015, 11:21 AM
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Part of the problem with alignment may be that the structures shift under the stress of riding. It is best practice to loosen off all bolts retaining a component, then start all the bolts several threads before tightening any. What often happens is that someone will tighten each bolt as it is inserted which results in misalignment of holes such that subsequent bolts will not fit. Another common result is that the uneven strain breaks or distorts the component being attached. If you're anywhere near Chilliwack, I'll be glad to help.
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