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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 10-29-2015, 11:35 AM Thread Starter
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Stripped out drain plug threads

Anyone ever strip out the treads for the primary drain plug? Apparently I just did. The drain plug threaded in fine but would not tight in the primary. I backed the plug out and found the aluminum primary threads wrapped around the drain plug threads. Has anyone ever try to heli-coil the primary threads? I bought a heli-coil thread repair kit but I'm not going to have time to mess with it this week as my work schedule this week is crazy. I'll probably get to it on sunday. Just more crap I have to add to the already big pile

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Anyone ever strip out the treads for the primary drain plug? Apparently I just did. The drain plug threaded in fine but would not tight in the primary. I backed the plug out and found the aluminum primary threads wrapped around the drain plug threads. Has anyone ever try to heli-coil the primary threads? I bought a heli-coil thread repair kit but I'm not going to have time to mess with it this week as my work schedule this week is crazy. I'll probably get to it on sunday. Just more crap I have to add to the already big pile
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I would think it would work just fine. I remember when I was 16 and on a trip to South Dakota, my mom's pos berreta spit out a spark plug. We happened to coast into a local shops driveway. We can replace the head or use a heli-coil. Heli-coil it is. Worked fine.
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I am a 22+ year mechanic and have dealt with heli-coils several times throughout my career, its sorta inevitable I guess. It just sucks when you have to do it with your own stuff.

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Had this happen on my streetglide. It was like it never got tight and the threads came out on the plug. Used a torquewrench. Very easy solution is to get a self tapping oversized plug at the autoparts store. Much easier than a helicoil. Worked great for me. Had it in that bike for more than 50,000 miles.


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Mine on either bike will/have bottomed out tight
Little tef tape and flush one thread in has been working
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Mine on either bike will/have bottomed out tight
Little tef tape and flush one thread in has been working
Stick a wad of bubble gum in the hole and smooth it out
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I never try to tighten the drain plug on the primary. I put Teflon tape on it and screw it in flush. Done.
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I would try the oversize drain plug first. A helicoil would work but the timesert is a better fix but it is a little more expensive. You can also weld the hole and drill and tap as a last resort.


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I never had it happen but maybe because I'm always so careful not to strip the threads. I like the idea of an oversized self-tapping drain plug.

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