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post #1 of 17 Old 09-18-2012, 07:07 PM Thread Starter
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Seat Bolt

I lost one of the flanged bolts that hold the seat down on my 2011. Are there any readily available replacements that aren't OEM parts or should I just buy the OEM part from my dealer?

Can I just get a bolt from the hardware store? Will it bust the plastic tab on the seat?

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There's no such thing as enough storage space...
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post #2 of 17 Old 09-18-2012, 07:49 PM
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There is a flanged washer and a metric bolt that holds the seat tab in place. If you just use a bolt atleast use a washer to stop the bolt from eating the plastic tab as it tightens up.

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Me personally I wouldn't worry about it. I've read something on here about people leaving them out . I had mine off earlier and almost left both out for ease of takin it off. But I'm sure you could find a replacement at any store


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There is a flanged washer and a metric bolt that holds the seat tab in place. If you just use a bolt atleast use a washer to stop the bolt from eating the plastic tab as it tightens up.
Do not Generation 2 KLR650's have 8 mm (or is it 10 mm?) hex-head bolts (with no corresponding socket in the on-board tool kit to address them) holding the seats on?

Generation 1's had good ol' "Phillips-head" (actually JIS) machine screws!
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post #5 of 17 Old 09-18-2012, 08:12 PM
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I said bolt as I couldn't remember the size to be accurate....All of the bikes I see have some type of bolt now, the side screws are philips and soon get replaced as soon as possible. I replace all philips head screws with allen headed bolts in the correct thread size. Those philips are nothing but trouble. All of them.

The problem with leaving them out is, IF someone wanted your seat they could easily take it, also if you came off it wouldn't stay with the bike and likely get damaged far more than if it was attached...it is well protected where it is on the bike.

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I think I'll just pick up a couple new bolts and some washers at the hardware store.

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I replace all philips head screws with allen headed bolts in the correct thread size. Those philips are nothing but trouble. All of them.
+1 on that...
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Any motorcycle shop should be able to help you out !
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post #9 of 17 Old 09-19-2012, 12:07 AM
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I'm one of those people who leaves their seat bolts out. If you're not one of those people, I'm sure you could find a suitable bolt and washer at any hardware store.



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post #10 of 17 Old 09-19-2012, 07:54 AM
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I too leave mine out as well but don't recommend it to most people just incase they do lose their seat from some arsewipe who comes along and swipes it!
It just saves me a lot of time when messing with the bike tis way. Plus my seat is a homemade copy fo the Corbin Flat and to the untrained eye looks wrong. Again a good thing.

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