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post #1 of 14 Old 12-02-2008, 02:54 PM Thread Starter
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How valuable is a magnetic drain plug?

I stripped the oil drain a ways back and tapped it out. I had ordered some 14mm magnetic drain plugs. Well, long story short, my bro in law and I ended up without the right metric tools and tapped it out to...crap, I don't even remember. Anyway, the magnetic plugs are now useless and we used a large bolt cut in half (my bro in law knows what he's doing...not as sketchy as it sounds).

Now, here is the question. The place I ordered the magnetic plugs from says they will put a magnet on any bolt. So I COULD send them our jury rigged bolt and have them rig it up. But that would mean not riding for a while. Just how much good does the magnetic plug do? I never used them before. Oh, and does anyone know a place that offers this service and is not in Canada?




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post #2 of 14 Old 12-02-2008, 04:04 PM
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I think the magnets help some - at least they do no harm.

Why not take the other half of the cut bolt to the bolt store, match it with one the proper length (or get another and cut it off) and have a magnet installed.

I probably wouldn't bother, just change the oil/filter regularly.
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I started making my own magnetic plugs useing small (1/4 in) round magnets and a little JB Weld. The magnets are pretty strong and would probably stay in place with out the JB Weld but better safe than sorry. I bought a batch of 10 magnets off of Ebay for about $10 shipped and I have put one on all my bikes, 4wheelers, lawnmower, log splitter, snow blower and the kids go kart. You just have to be sure that you have the room up inside the engine for the additional 1/8 in or so. Hav'nt found one even close yet. It is amazing how much crap ends up on that little magnet. I am going to get some more magnets and put them on the drain plugs in my trucks transmission and transfer case and the diferential fill plugs as well.
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Interesting. I thought of both of those options. The idea of attaching a magnet to the bolt kind of makes me nervous...then I got the idea of magnetizing the bolt itself with some wire and a battery.

Or I'll just change the oil a lot and stop worrying about it.

(Just bought 20 emgo filters for 18.70...thx Paper)




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(Just bought 20 emgo filters for 18.70...thx Paper)

Cool!! Remember, you can trade them to fellow KLR riders for beer..
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And my wife thought 20 was excessive.




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And my wife thought 20 was excessive.
Naw.. I ordered 25 last time, and you have a better chance of trading for beer than I do.. I'm currently in Baton Rouge, but was told that we got another 3-4" of snow, on top of the 4" we got this weekend..

Maybe I should have bought filters for my snowmobile??
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Don't miss the softshell crab at Ralph and Kacoo's.
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Don't miss the softshell crab at Ralph and Kacoo's.
Not sure if I'll get a chance tonight, as I've got a 6am flight home tomorrow, but I get down here every six months and it's going on the list of places to get to..
Thanks for the tip!!
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As an added precaution your oil filters in a dry location. I keep them in a ziploc bag.

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