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Finished doing some top end work, and while buttoning everything up I over-torqued the valve cover bolt snapping the bolt inside the cam cap. I need a new used cam cap and bolt. Im having a hard time finding anything as most people will only sell the entire top end. Looking for someone with a parts bike who will be willing to sell what I need? Let me know. Happy Riding

Thanks, Austin
 

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The head and cam caps are matched and machined to final tolerances together, therefore the parts are not interchangeable. That’s why Kawasaki and other parts sellers only sell the complete head. Take the cap to a machine shop. They can get out the broken off bolt. Then, make damn sure you use a small torque wrench to install the valve cover bolts!
 

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Well Pete. Looks like I have a bigger issue on my hands than I thought. Do you know where I can find another bolt.
thanks, Austin.
 

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Eagle Mike will sell you replacement bolts, 40mm length with a flat washer works if I remember correctly. I don't think the broken bolt can be stuck in the cam cap.
 

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Eagle Mike will sell you replacement bolts, 40mm length with a flat washer works if I remember correctly. I don't think the broken bolt can be stuck in the cam cap.
I'm pretty certain he is needing a LH valve cover bolt, which does screw into the LH camshaft bearing caps.

I recon that he is lucky that he didn't strip the threads from that cap or from more than one hole.
People see that 12mm hex head and just Can Not Resist putting the bean squeeze to them, jeeze.

If Kawasaki had used a 10mm hex head this error would probably be less frequent.
An 8mm hex head would give an even better clue as to the lack of needed torque to seal the rubber gaskets, imo.
 

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I would tighten it and feel no resistance. My heart dropped when righty righty became righty loosey 😂 things like this happen thanks for the quick responses you guys.
 

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pdwestman, Thank you, I now understand the issue at hand, sorry for the erroneous interpretation of the problem. My misunderstanding was a result of the text that asked for a cam cap and bolt.
 

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KLRian: yeah, I thought the same thing when I first read it, then thought “that doesn’t make sense.” So I had to reread it more carefully.
 
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