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Old 06-03-2008, 11:48 AM   #1
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Retap oil pan

I'm going to attempt to retap my stripped oil pan today. Well that's the plan. Hopefully I can find a larger drain plug.

Where do ya'll think I should go to find a larger drain plug for my bike? I'm going to start with Advance Auto Parts.

Any tips on how I should do this?
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I would try to find the drain plug first, then get the tap to match. see me before you do cause I have a few taps already.
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I would try to find the drain plug first, then get the tap to match. see me before you do cause I have a few taps already.
There must be something that I don't understand. My dad told me just to find a larger plug and screw it in so that it will make its own threads. He didn't say anything about a tap.
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There must be something that I don't understand. My dad told me just to find a larger plug and screw it in so that it will make its own threads. He didn't say anything about a tap.
I'm pretty sure that'll make your problem worse. You're gonna want to tap the threads first, I'm almost positive on that.

go have a pro do it..as in George's dad....it will be less of a headache and you won't be having to buy a new oil pan b/c you screwed up. Just my 2 cents.
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My oil pan is already stripped and I can't take my bike over there because it has no oil in it. I was changing the oil when I noticed it had stripped.
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There must be something that I don't understand. My dad told me just to find a larger plug and screw it in so that it will make its own threads. He didn't say anything about a tap.
well since you plan on keeping your bike that is a route I definetly would not take.
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Autozone drainplug bolt.

I had an oil pan drain bolt on my harley that would screw in but you couldn't tighten it too much before it slipped. I went to autozone and they had a specialty drainplug bolt that worked great. It was very slightly oversized and was tapered. There might have been a small cutting thread at the end. I screwed it in and torqued it and never had a problen draining the oil again.
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My oil pan is already stripped and I can't take my bike over there because it has no oil in it. I was changing the oil when I noticed it had stripped.
the pan has to come off one way or another. even to tap it cause you don't want shavings going places they don't need to be. do yourself a favor and do it right the first time. it will save headaches down the road.
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the pan has to come off one way or another. even to tap it cause you don't want shavings going places they don't need to be. do yourself a favor and do it right the first time. it will save headaches down the road.
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take the pan off the bike and fix it right
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My oil pan is already stripped and I can't take my bike over there because it has no oil in it. I was changing the oil when I noticed it had stripped.
sounds like its trashed, ill give ya 1000 bucks for it
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the pan has to come off one way or another. even to tap it cause you don't want shavings going places they don't need to be. do yourself a favor and do it right the first time. it will save headaches down the road.
+1, you SHOULD drop the oil pan to do this....as for the guy above talking about the self tapping threads for his harley, ignore 'em. Harleys leak oil no matter what Here is my opinion once again, do it right the first time.
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Alright, So I have to take the pan off regardless. If I find the larger plug today, I will let you know Louis and you can show me the tap kit thingy you have. Would you mind lending a hand later if I need it?
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Alright, So I have to take the pan off regardless. If I find the larger plug today, I will let you know Louis and you can show me the tap kit thingy you have. Would you mind lending a hand later if I need it?
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Alright, I will talk to you later, I'm heading to O'reillys
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Alright, So I have to take the pan off regardless. If I find the larger plug today, I will let you know Louis and you can show me the tap kit thingy you have. Would you mind lending a hand later if I need it?
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While it would be best to take the pan off, you can opt to pack the tap threads with grease. Run the tap a little at a time, remove it, clean the shavings off, repack, continue tapping, so forth, and so on... It's a risk though - you might get all the metal, you might not. The filter might get any extra metal, it might not. I've done it before without a problem (you might not be that lucky though).
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While it would be best to take the pan off, you can opt to pack the tap threads with grease. Run the tap a little at a time, remove it, clean the shavings off, repack, continue tapping, so forth, and so on... It's a risk though - you might get all the metal, you might not. The filter might get any extra metal, it might not. I've done it before without a problem (you might not be that lucky though).


I have done em this way before also... have always been lucky.. worked for me...
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While it would be best to take the pan off, you can opt to pack the tap threads with grease. Run the tap a little at a time, remove it, clean the shavings off, repack, continue tapping, so forth, and so on... It's a risk though - you might get all the metal, you might not. The filter might get any extra metal, it might not. I've done it before without a problem (you might not be that lucky though).
+1, can be done.
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can also pour some oil in it and not start it.. but then drain it out.. just some extra insurance...
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