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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-04-2009, 01:54 AM Thread Starter
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Now is a great time to check those bolts!

I was giving the bike a once over tonight and discovered a couple of things that led to a couple of other things, that made me glad I looked!

I was hearing a rattle from the front of the bike on the ride home from work tonight, so I started poking around and found that the left side headlight mount bolt was loose. While tightening it up, I found that the speedo cable was really loose entering the gauge, so I snugged that down as well. Then I got to thinking about all the other potentially loose hardware that I haven't noticed yet, and started torquing all of the bolts just to be on the safe side. I found 3 surprises! The pinch bolt on the front right fork needed a small adjustment, as did the left side caliper mounting bolts, and then I discovered that the 2 small flange bolts on the top rear engine mount had come completely off.

A couple of small tweaks and a couple of extra bolts I had lying around was all it took to fix things, but gone unchecked, I could have had a very bad day in the near future. So I chalked it up to the big man upstairs looking out for me, and I thought I'd pass this on as a reminder to check your bolts along with the normal stuff like tire pressure, oil, horn, lights, and signals.

Keep the shiny side up!

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Glad ya took the time to check things out, Chris.

Another thing you could do is what they do at the factory many times to be sure bolts/screws haven't moved. Put a small stripe of paint on the bolt/screw head and continue it onto the surface it's holding.
This will easily let you know if it's moved at all and needs attention.
The factory usually uses a very noticeable color (yellow, white) but if one wanted to make it more inconspicuous, a darker, less noticeable color could be used.


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Had the rear upper engine mount bolt, nearly a foot long, come loose and fall out on me a few years back, and lost it. How do you not notice a bolt that long shaking loose? A good idea is to go to a hardware store and buy lock nuts in the size for all the engine mount bolts and replace the nuts and re-torque them. I had to make an engine mount out of all-thread with lock nuts on each end. I found it missing while loading my bike down for a three day weekend bike trip. Luckily I found it before, not during the trip!

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Had the rear upper engine mount bolt, nearly a foot long, come loose and fall out on me a few years back, and lost it.
Isn't that the bolt you found shortly after you replaced, along the side of the road?


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It is. Found it about 3 months later after the recent floods had washed it onto this concrete embankment and had enough weight to sit while everything else washed away. It was laying about 50 feet from the turn onto the road to where I worked, bare naked on a white concrete drainage embankment, standing out like a turd in a swimming pool. Still can't believe I found it.

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Even for a "balanced" motor, the vulcan V twin does vibrate some. Oddly it is the low frequency vibes that seem to cause bolts to get loose over time.

The Owners manual lists checking the "Nut , Bolt , and Fastener Tightness" at the first 800 miles and then every 6000 miles there after.
There is even a nice picture near the end of the book pointing out each spot one should check for tightness.(They list 24 seperate spots or groups)

Off hand, I would say not to wait 6000 miles , but to go over the bike once a month. If you notice any bolts or nuts that seem to keep loosening up on you, might be a good spot to apply some locktite. (The blue kind)

The book does contain a "Periodic Maintenance Chart" that one should check often. Might even be a good idea to have the three pages blown up and printed and hung up by your work bench so you can write down when you went over the various tasks.

I'm not that anal, but I do go over the list now and then in case I forgot about checking something........


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Just a thought, but the picture for the nut and bolt tightness and the periodic maintenance charts mentioned by Knifemaker would be really useful things to have on this site. It would help new owners and people like me that don't have owners manuals. anybody got a scanner?

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Just a thought, but the picture for the nut and bolt tightness and the periodic maintenance charts mentioned by Knifemaker would be really useful things to have on this site. It would help new owners and people like me that don't have owners manuals. anybody got a scanner?
Well, there is one here from the Yahoo group:

http://f1.grp.yahoofs.com/v1/0H-hSn1...Y%20Manual.pdf

It also has what I think are layouts for coasters, and shock mount lowering brackets..

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Thanks Knifemaker, thats my weekend sorted out.

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Well, there is one here from the Yahoo group:

http://f1.grp.yahoofs.com/v1/0H-hSn1...Y%20Manual.pdf

It also has what I think are layouts for coasters, and shock mount lowering brackets..

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The link doesn`t work for me. Just says the link must be broken.

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