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post #1 of 17 Old 09-23-2009, 06:20 PM Thread Starter
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I'm a little peeved at Kawi.

So, just replaced the bulb for my low beam. Found more rotten rubber, but this pisses me off.



Notice anything?



Sposed to be like this:



So, the piece is unusable as anything other than a nut...it ain't going through that hole. The question is do I fix it (get a new part) or not. It's been fine for 7K miles. I don't think it is a big deal. Annoying, but nothing really surprises me (and this is nothing, I know Dave).

Worth fixing or **** it? I just put it back on the bolt, but it is jammed up against the hole where it is supposed to go through. I'm leaning toward **** it.




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post #2 of 17 Old 09-23-2009, 08:51 PM
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Lockjaw-

Uh, yeah, they do that. Pisser, huh?

You can sometimes stretch them back out, but often they break.

You can't find the metric well nuts in the usual stores, so you choices are to replace it with a 1/4-28, pay the mordida at Kawasaki, or leave it be.

I have let them be wirth no real ill effect.

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Cool. I'm with you. Thanks man.




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Can you heat it up so it's pliable and then get to fit again? I don't know squat about the material of that piece, just a suggestion.
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post #5 of 17 Old 09-23-2009, 11:37 PM Thread Starter
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That's a good idea. I might try that. I might also just forget about it. It doesn't really matter. It's just disheartening. But I guess that's why folks pay 20 grand for bikes, eh?




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[QUOTE=Lockjaw;51426]So, just replaced the bulb for my low beam. Found more rotten rubber, but this pisses me off.

I noticed this on my 09 . The rubber under the windscreen is shot and I don't have but 3,000 miles on the bike. I have seen a couple of other places that the rubber looks bad also. I wonder if putting some silicone one them may help in any way? I have been thinking of trying that
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Hmmm. I tried to think of ways to keep the rubber soft when I first realized it was all crumbling to crap. I think it might just be inevitable. Let us know if you try it, DD.

You'd think they could have fixed that for the 09's...oh wait, no that would be the responsible thing to do. Took em 20 years to deal with the doohickey. So I guess in 2030 I will get a bike with decent rubber. At least my turn signals never fell off. I dodged that one.




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I've discovered the problem and it's US!!!!! Foolishly, we expect everything to be done correctly and with parts of reasonable quality!!!!!!!!!

Recently bought an 5x8 ft utility trailer from a trailer dealer. Not the most expensive, but not the cheapest. Got it home and was checking lug torque, etc and found the wiring running thru holes in the frame just blown out with a cutting torch. No grommet, nothing - just raw sharp steel on wiring insulation. Hooked it up to take back to the dealer then said screw it. I knew I had the correct grommets in the "possible" cabinet. Took 10 minutes, but damn I hate to buy something and then have to fix it.
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You're right, bigiron. Actually, I agree with you completely and not just when it comes to this specific issue (ie, things we buy). I work with people who constantly amaze me with their halfassed BS. But the reason I am surprised is because I would have done it right. But that's me. Shouldn't be shocking. Fool me once and all that...

Mass produced things, made by people (or machines...or both) that don't really care are guaranteed to have flaws. But you're right...damn frustrating to have to clean up a mess you didn't make.






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I found a few slightly cracked grommet edges so far on
my '09 and haven't really given it a thought till now.

Each time I go in guess it's replace bit by bit over time.

High speed assembly lines are an interesting animal.
I've worked on 'em and seen dudes (and dudettes) stop
to sneeze or answer their cell phones while a few
parts go right past them untouched. Sad. Sadly too, is
that some lil' dude in China working a government mandated
job 12 hours six days isn't going to give a crap about quality,
only making it to the end of the shift.

The guys at the Kaw plant in Thailand don't seem to be
very liberal with lube while assembling these bikes either.

It's a great scooter but needs paid attention to bring it up
to the level Kawasaki assumes they are being made.

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