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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-17-2016, 09:41 AM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Leftover part :(

So I got my carbs off, cleaned, partly rebuilt, and re-attached. Did the same for the petcock. Everything is back on and the bike runs great!

One problem... I have a leftover bolt, collar, and grommet.

I can't for the life of me figure out where they go, and I'm really nervous that something important is going to fall off. Other than the carbs and tank, I also had the ears, thermostat, and radiator cover off, but it doesn't appear to be part of those assemblies. The bolt/collar is similar to those on the radiator, but all those are on.

The bolt and collar are the exact same size and color as the two front fuel tank bolts, but the grommet is a different shape.

Shot in the dark here, but can anyone tell me where this belongs?
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Almost looks like a tank mounting bolt and grommet.

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Almost looks like a tank mounting bolt and grommet.
I was thinking the same, or the third tank bolt that is under the seat. Don't recall the metal sleeve for the rear bolt though.

When I earshaved, I found an extra tank grommet on top of one of the ears. Must've been there for years.

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agree on the 'looks like the rear tank mount' stuff, but check length of the bolt. if its longer than the bolts for the sides, its probably the rear mount. the front ones are a little shorter bolts, with the rear being longer. thats how I tell them apart when I pull my tank and throw the parts into a bowl.

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It's exactly the same as the two front tank bolts. So unless they're reproducing on their own, it came from someplace else.

It's not the rear tank bolt; that one is in place (no collar, and it's a little longer than the front bolts).
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So unless they're reproducing on their own.
They'll do that if you feed them after midnight. And don't get them wet.....

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They'll do that if you feed them after midnight. And don't get them wet.....
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So I got my carbs off, cleaned, partly rebuilt, and re-attached. Did the same for the petcock. Everything is back on and the bike runs great!

One problem... I have a leftover bolt, collar, and grommet.

I can't for the life of me figure out where they go, and I'm really nervous that something important is going to fall off. Other than the carbs and tank, I also had the ears, thermostat, and radiator cover off, but it doesn't appear to be part of those assemblies. The bolt/collar is similar to those on the radiator, but all those are on.

The bolt and collar are the exact same size and color as the two front fuel tank bolts, but the grommet is a different shape.

Shot in the dark here, but can anyone tell me where this belongs?
Forensically speaking, the previous owner took off the tank and due to a distraction and/or simply being inept, one of the bolts fell into the bike and jammed between some other part or the frame. He looked around under the bike, and finally gave up and had to order another one which cost him more shipping than the part was worth. That ticked him off, but he knew it was his own fault so he dismissed it and swore to never take the tank off again.

While putting the tank back in, the final time with the new part, the extra little force on the hoses and wiring harness pushed the old part into a wedge where it lived for years licking itself between its threads, hoping to spawn, but alas, it was alone....

then you came along.
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Forensically speaking, the previous owner took off the tank and due to a distraction and/or simply being inept, one of the bolts fell into the bike and jammed between some other part or the frame. He looked around under the bike, and finally gave up and had to order another one which cost him more shipping than the part was worth. That ticked him off, but he knew it was his own fault so he dismissed it and swore to never take the tank off again.

While putting the tank back in, the final time with the new part, the extra little force on the hoses and wiring harness pushed the old part into a wedge where it lived for years licking itself between its threads, hoping to spawn, but alas, it was alone....

then you came along.
Sounds about right to me. The clothes dryer eats one sock out of about every ten pair of mine that go in.
So in the grand scheme of things motorcycle parts spawn new ones when left alone long enough.

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Sounds about right to me. The clothes dryer eats one sock out of about every ten pair of mine that go in.
So in the grand scheme of things motorcycle parts spawn new ones when left alone long enough.
Absolute fact. But is that a good thing?

The Zika virus is nothing new, its been around for ages... bolts that spawn headless children that need retrieving from their crankcase womb come to mind. . .
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