Stripped suspension stud - Page 2 - Kawasaki Vulcan 750 Forum : Kawasaki VN750 Forums
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Hopefully it will hold. But the stud is weaker now because it is hollow from drilling it. It could fail from fatigue cracking later on, or from hitting a really hard bump. The Vulcan 750 frame is made of chromoly steel, and has to be welded properly. Rather than further damage the frame, I would have either used a clamp on collar in place of a nut, retapped the threads for a slightly smaller size, or even used a hose clamp if it was all I could get my hands on at the time. Another option would have been to have an expert drill though a nut and the stud, and then safety wire it. The shock does not come off easily, but I wouldn't have been so quick to cut something that might not be fixable. A real expert could have built the threaded part of the stud back up to the proper diameter, and retapped original size threads on it. I have seen this done on internal engine bolts. Done right it does not fail.

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