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post #1 of 2 Old 04-15-2017, 08:58 AM Thread Starter
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Thread inserts/ lessons the hard way

Clymer warns not to over tighten the valve cover bolts, which I did. I then repaired the stripped out bolt hole with a helicoil. It lasted for a couple of years. However, don't use a helicoil for anything that has to be tightened much more than finger tight. The helicoil failed, and I took the head to a shop to see what other options I had. The mechanic used an insert called Rockmount. It appears to be a much better, though more expensive, option. There are other options out there, but my experience with hilicoil has not been the best, at least not for this application.
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post #2 of 2 Old 04-15-2017, 06:09 PM
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Hi Madmotorcyclist,
How did the Heli-Coil fail? I have used them in many applications over the years and rarely have seen an issue. Usually if anything they may be a bit troublesome while installing but I really don't recall an issue after that. I am really curious what happened in your case.
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