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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 11-10-2006, 10:24 PM Thread Starter
 
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Drain Plug Stripped

Okay, so I've done something really bad, and stripped the threads for the drain plug. Luckily it's the bottom drain plug, and not the side one. The bolt appears to be fine, but it goes in, and just keeps turning. It gets about finger tight, and then loosens up again.

My options appear to be the following:
1) Have a "real" mechanic fix it, probably costing more than the bike is worth.
2) Have it leak (not really an option, it's pretty major)
3) JB Weld it shut.

Right now I'm leaning pretty seriously to 3, but I'm hoping there's another option, or I'm just missing something.
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There are inserts which can be installed to repair the problem.
A brand name is Helicoil, or commonly called thread repair inserts.
Most auto parts stores have then.
Here's a link to one type.


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There are also called a Timesert, kinda like a helicoil but better. I put them in oil pans that strip out the threads. Perminante repair.
http://www.timesert.com/

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They also make self tapping single and double oversize oil drain plugs. You can find them at your auto parts stores. I don't know our size, but for instance it will have the stock size (12mm 1.50) and state whether it is single oversize or double.

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Great suggestions guys. My brother (who's a experience boat mechanic) says that the helio-coil probably won't work because there has to be a shelf for it to stop against. Installing it also has a high chance of putting lots of metal shavings into the engine. I think I'm going to try repairing it with a tap set, and then JB Weld it.

Does anybody know what the darned thing is good for anyway?
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Helicoil kits I've seen use a tap. Same shavings would occur, I would think. No matter what, I think you'll have to deal with shavings.

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Stop that bul****. Dont believe a word he has to say

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dang he had me scratching my head on that one.
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That was from around July 11th-ish. Yeah, it's not true, but I had a few others scratching their heads as well.
And the rest of us just shaking our heads at the mis-information you spewed.

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It wasn't funny in July, and it still isn't funny. I'm not sure I understand the logic behind those posts. There's plenty to talk about here on a regular basis, and plenty of folks seeking advice from members here with more knowledge than themselves, than for you to have to create more activity that's not helping anyone. You've got alot of good knowledge and can really help people, which is what this site is all about, but I don't get the reasoning behind throwing out stink bombs here and there just to cause trouble. It doesn't represent the site very well, and might hurt the reputation of the entire site in someone's eyes who happens by to check things out.

I'd rather you kept those comments in your head and use this forum for what it's intended for. Sorry if I offended you, but I doubt if I'm alone in my opinion of this!

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