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Steering stem bolt plug?

Did a quick search, I apologize if this has been covered previously.

2015 650 LT, I looked down today after a highway ride and noticed that the plug that fits into the bolt atop the steering stem is missing. Is that something likely to pop out? The nut/etc are all tight, I just stood there for a moment wondering "wait a minute....what's missing here?"

I'll get it replaced but has anyone else had this happen? Thanks
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I'd add a 12v plug there and call it good

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12v plug is on the wish list

It's on the frame diagram. $3.52 part on its way but in the mean time some duct tape will keep rain and dirt out of the stem. Although with heat and drought records here in the Puget Sound area I would welcome some rain risk!

Wondering if the dealership at the first service, when they check torque and such on critical areas, perhaps didn't snap that plug back down as tightly as it should be. Or perhaps kids messing around snapped it off. Or maybe it just decided to vibrate out on it's own.
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92066-0071 is only $1.22 from Part Shark (+ shipping).

http://www.partshark.com/oemparts/a/...14b3d4eb/frame

It probably just needs a dab of silicone... You'll see how snuggly the new one fits. Using a hex tool in the bolt may affect how well it can hold the plug in.
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Noted, thank you. I already have some clear silicone ready and waiting.

Love the pricing on things like this, when shipping costs more than the part does


Nothing like looking down and seeing a big hole where your brain says there wasn't one in the bike before.

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It probably just needs a dab of silicone... You'll see how snuggly the new one fits.
If necessary, just a dab should do ya!
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Excellent replies and advice thanks much.
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Silicone, not silicon... IF that sucker tends to slip out, then JUST A DAB is all you need. You obviously don't want to lose it again. Of course you won't fill it all up and smear it all over the place, even though it's just silicone.
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Spoke to the dealership, the sales rep went to the other '15 650 they have on the sales floor and checked the plug - he said it is "way too loose" and also found it covered in oil. I wonder if with a loose plug fit, maybe some level of lube treatment from the factory, the torque check at the first service call making them remove and replace the plug - sounding more and more like it's a looser fit than usual in this model and with it being construction season around here (way rough roads) maybe it just shook out on the highway.
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