Thread inserts/ lessons the hard way - Kawasaki KLR 650 Forum
1987 to 2007 Wrenching & Mods For maintaining, repair or modifications of Generation 1 KLR's. 2007 and earlier.

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 2 Old 04-15-2017, 07:58 AM Thread Starter
1st Gear
Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: Round Rock, TX
Posts: 55
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.
madmotorcyclist is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 2 Old 04-15-2017, 05:09 PM
5th Gear
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Lac La Biche Alberta Canada
Posts: 3,205
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.
Regards....just jeff

It's not a Tractor....It's a LOCOMOTIVE!! Chugga Chugga
Woooo WOOOOO!!!!!
justjeff is offline  
Sponsored Links

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Kawasaki KLR 650 Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Top 10 Motorcycle Lessons Not To Learn The Hard Way Site & Industry Homepage News 2 03-05-2017 01:04 PM
Lessons learned ... addendum Two Dogz KLR & Other Motorcycle Related Discussion 0 10-30-2012 11:52 PM
Lessons learned Two Dogz The Off Topic Lounge 10 10-18-2012 11:38 PM
Hard Luggage Thread Jamie Bike and Rider Gear 88 10-28-2010 06:04 PM
KLR Swimming Lessons barbead KLR & Other Motorcycle Related Discussion 6 06-01-2009 08:47 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome