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Aug 29th 2017, 10:27 AM   #1
 Mudslinger's Avatar
  Sep 2016

  Africa Twin
Need help with stripped bolt

Long story short, I was going to change my oil this morning and a bolt on my skid plate stripped. I tried an "easy out" ,no joy, and tried a dremel to slot it and try a screw driver, no joy. That exhausts the mechanical skills that I have. I'll pay someone to help me or maybe someone needs a computer/electronics expert?
It's pretty mangled. I hate to take it to the stealership.
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Aug 29th 2017, 10:36 AM   #2
 Scribbles's Avatar
  Jan 2016

Sure, thats an easy fix.. check your PMs
Aug 29th 2017, 11:07 AM   #3
 PeteN95's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  Muklilteo, WA

  Suzuki DL1000, Honda XR650R, KTM 250 XC-W
Drill off the head until you can get the skid plate off, then there should still be enough to grab with vice grips.
Aug 29th 2017, 11:30 AM   #4
 SilvieFox's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  welches, Oregon

  08Kawasaki Versys(Sylvester),72Suzuki RV90(vanvan),81Honda TwinStar(Bobber),Yamaha225,Honda Shadow
like BP says .....drill baby drill.... get a large drill bit and drill the head off the bolt and once skid plate is removed use some vice grips to grab the bit of the bolt thats hanging out... if you lived anywhere remotely near id say bring it by and ill fix it in 5 min tops, and if you bring your oil you can change it here
Aug 29th 2017, 01:01 PM   #5
 Mudslinger's Avatar
  Sep 2016

  Africa Twin
Got it! Thanks to Scribbles for showin me how it's done and thanks to everyone else for your advice.
It's nice to have a community where so many are willing to help.
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Aug 29th 2017, 03:59 PM   #6
 Scribbles's Avatar
  Jan 2016

Should have taken 5 minutes, but the combination of a hardened steel bolt and cheap chinese drill bits made it more like 30.
But we got it done. (lesson learned... dont use cheap harbor freight drill bit for hard steel... ) the bits I had were bought for wood (I'm a carpenter), but did poorly in hardened steel.
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Edited by Scribbles on Aug 29th 2017 at 06:28 PM
Aug 29th 2017, 10:51 PM   #7
 Mikeames's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  Blaine, WA

  2012 Yamaha FJR1300
A little nickel-ease or anti-sieze compound on bolts that tend to corrode or when the bolt and the hole are of dissimilar metals can go a long way toward keeping the threads from galling and getting stuck in the first place.
Aug 29th 2017, 11:26 PM   #8
 Pavement Tested's Avatar
  Jan 2016

  '08 GSX1300R, '06 GSX-R 750, '17 KTM 690 Duke
Using good, square tip allens to break torque initially instead of the ball tip allens can go a long way. I've found that many of the socket head screws on bikes, particularly Japanese bikes, are pretty shallow.

Not that that was the case here. Just sharing personal experience with this type of fastener...

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