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Old 06-12-2011, 11:35 PM   #1
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Drain Bolt Replacement

So changed my oil myself for the first time, and when I got down to remove the bolt it was stripped. I Managed to get it off with a breaker bar.

I am selling the bike soon and going out of my way to fix all minor kinks in the bike. I'd like to replace this bolt for the next owner, so the question is: would any old shop have these bolts? Like Motorcycles Unlimited, or any autozone? Is it special order? etc.

I'm riding a 2004 GS500F, the Drain Bolt is a 17mm or 18mm (Believe it is 18mm, but had to use a 17mm 6-sprocket to get it off).

Thanks in advance!
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Old 06-12-2011, 11:44 PM   #2
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You might want to retap the plug, or put a new oil pan in with oem parts to make it sound.
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Old 06-12-2011, 11:51 PM   #3
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(noob here) I removed the drain bolt, and didn't see any damage to the threads, was just the head that was jacked up. I actually re-screwed it in by hand (to keep dust out while I track down a replacement). I added a little bit of oil, and none of it leaked out so that's a good sign.

Wanted to try getting a new bolt, just to make life easier on whoever changes the oil next. Wasn't too-too difficult to get off, just don't think it will last doing that every 6 months.

If worse comes to worse then yeah I'd get a new oil pan and have to retap the plug. But it seems to be fine as is!
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Old 06-12-2011, 11:57 PM   #4
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what is stripped, the head of the bolt (where the socket goes) or the threads of the bolt? When you say stripped, most people think you are talking about the threaded part, which is why others have recommended you getting a new oil pan, or tap the threads to a larger size. If the head of the bolt is just rounded off (which the factory bolt is a 17mm BTW), you can just replace it with a new one. O'reilly auto parts has replacement drain bolts in stock. You will need to take the old one with you to match up the correct thread size (should be M14x1.25). Also, you should be changing you oil every 3 months, no longer, no matter how low the mileage.
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Ah yes, thanks for clearing that up! It's the head being rounded off, not the the socket itself.

My manual says to change it every 3000 miles or 4-6 months...I did notice that a lot of websites (while I was looking up how to do it) mentioned 3-6 though.

Thanks again for answer!
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Old 06-13-2011, 12:53 AM   #6
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I had one along time ago, (when I was a dead broke kid), that was stripped and I actually drilled a hole through it like I was going to safty wire it and used a screw driver to tighten and loosen it. lol I recommend replacement but if your in a pinch...
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You might want to retap the plug
dido. I bought my SV with a stripped drain bolt and I had to put a Helicoil in. Its not too hard to do it yourself, just gotta buy the tool.
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Yup, helicoil that and call it a day.

be extra careful about your metal shavings and everything should be all good.

But then again replacement is the only guaranteed fix.
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if your going to helicoil put good thick grease on the tap to hold all the shavings and keep them out of your motor.
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he's replacing the bolt, not retapping threads....he stripped the bolt head, not the threads....does anyone read?
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he's replacing the bolt, not retapping threads....he stripped the bolt head, not the threads....does anyone read?
No . I was thinking the same
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No . I was thinking the same
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Daggart, you can go to any shop like O'reilly or autozone and they have the replacement bolts next to the oil changing tools. I had the same thing happen to me and they had the exact same bolt for sale for 3 bucks or so
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Yeah I actually just did that not 20 minutes ago and just finished putting the oil in the bike! Time to go get that oil running through the system, thanks everyone!
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