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2 things....about stripping

1. The a-hole who took delivery and did the pre-sale assembly stripped 2 of the welded nuts that mount the left fairing. Seems like both were stripped in the middle probably due to careless work and a bad approach angle...that's what she said.

2. I found 7 total loose bolts with the worst being the lower bolt on the coolant expansion tank...its just plumb fell off the bike when I breathed on it.

Anyways I have never tapped my own holes

So I rode on down to harbor freight and picked up a 40 piece tap/die set. Used the guage to verify the 1.0mm threading and found the correct tap. After watching 2-3 youtube vids on tapping holes I revived both nuts.

I lubed up before tapping, and only tapped it a little before backing off and getting deeper. When I detected any resistance I just added a little lube before tapping any deeper....

On a more real note, I did a 3/4 turn righty tighty, 1/2 turn lefty loosy and it came out great. I sprayed the tap down with walmart generic wd40 before tapping, make sure its lined up and following the initial thread groove, super easy.
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That's the stuff. As a die maker/machinist I've done my share of tapping and chasing threads. You have the right motion going. 1-2 turns in then back out a turn to clear the chips. chasing (re-threading) a messed up holes can be tricky if it was cross threaded as you stand a chance of binding up and breaking a tap. Then you have all kinds of fun.

Glad you got it fixed up.

Or was that look THEN leap?
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Yeah Im glad too. Ill say that the most important thing to me during that process was patience, I tried purposefully to take my time, still only took a few minutes to clean up the threading even when going slow. I also ran the tap through a few times to make sure the threads would nice and smooth and test fitted with 2 bolts afterwards hand tightening only.
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I use blue Loctite when I re-install the bolts into my V, so every now-and-then I "chase" the threads ON the bolts, and INTO the 'nut' portions on the frame to get rid of accumulated "gunk".

Good practice.

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Maybe not possible in your specific situation, but helicoil is also a nice way to repair a damage hole/thread


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I lubed up before tapping, and only tapped it a little before backing off and getting deeper. When I detected any resistance I just added a little lube before tapping any deeper....
ROFL - AWESOME



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Hilarious! Glad it worked out.


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