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Threads on Nuts/Bolts/Spark plugs
« on: Feb 26, 2011, 08:34:08 am »
I feel for the members that post on here about cross threading or stripping bolts, nuts and Spark Plugs. I learned many years ago, never start any of these items with anything but your HAND. I've seen a guy put on lug nuts with an air impact wrench, by leaving the nut in the socket :o Can you say cross threaded big time. :doh: If you cannot start these items by hand, theres a reason. Don't grab the wrench and force it. Also when back off or loosening a threaded part if it feels like it's not coming off correctly don't keep backing out. Start to loosen then tighten then loosen and tighten. trying to back  it out a little more each time. This does not always work but some times it does. and if the bolt sticks out the back side and can be reached make sure to clean the crap off the exposed threads. I hope this will help. I'm no expert ;) so I invite others here to add their ideas and what works for them :)
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    Re: Threads on Nuts/Bolts/Spark plugs
    « Reply #1 on: Feb 26, 2011, 08:55:48 am »
    I'll chime in on this one with personal experience on my Raider. While removing the left side frame mount the bolt which goes into the rear head seemed awful tight. I summed it up as lock tite and kept turning, once out I realized the bolt was bent and as I turned it out it chewed up any thread I had left. Long story short I managed to drill it out, and using a heli-coil I managed to save it. The stock bolt now threads in with ease and using only my fingers.
    I've heard of stripping spark plug holes as well, this is more common than you would believe especially in the automotive industry where car makers make getting at spark plugs a nightmare. Several companies sell tap and heli kits suited for spark plugs in particular. You will be forced to remove the head when doing this so you don't end up with metal in your bore.
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    Re: Threads on Nuts/Bolts/Spark plugs
    « Reply #2 on: Feb 26, 2011, 11:57:33 am »
    This is from painful experince. I always use anti-seize on any bolt or sparkplug that threads into aluminum, it keeps the threads from galling.

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      Re: Threads on Nuts/Bolts/Spark plugs
      « Reply #3 on: Feb 26, 2011, 12:44:21 pm »
      This is from painful experince. I always use anti-seize on any bolt or sparkplug that threads into aluminum, it keeps the threads from galling.
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      Re: Threads on Nuts/Bolts/Spark plugs
      « Reply #4 on: Feb 26, 2011, 08:03:38 pm »
      Ditto on the anti-seize and starting by hand...

      This post is good advice and should be pinned...

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      Re: Threads on Nuts/Bolts/Spark plugs
      « Reply #5 on: Feb 26, 2011, 08:26:58 pm »
      yes very good info. for the youngsters. O8O O8O

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      Re: Threads on Nuts/Bolts/Spark plugs
      « Reply #6 on: Feb 27, 2011, 07:06:45 am »
      yes very good info. for the youngsters. O8O O8O

       :D :D  Don't be too tough on them youngsters...they seem to be doing a good job of that on their own...

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      Re: Threads on Nuts/Bolts/Spark plugs
      « Reply #7 on: Feb 27, 2011, 08:10:27 am »
      yes very good info. for the youngsters. O8O O8O

      What about a sparkplug that seemed to be crossthreaded from the factory?   :D  I always use a hose to start my plugs but had to go through the headache of pulling the head. :banghead:

      But a very good thread indeed.

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      Re: Threads on Nuts/Bolts/Spark plugs
      « Reply #8 on: Feb 27, 2011, 08:34:28 am »
      When backing out a bolt that seems to keep tightening try a good shot of PB. Then do the "start to loosen then tighten then loosen and tighten. trying to back  it out a little more each time" as stated by RangerRick. This has saved my a$$ several times.  ;D
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      Re: Threads on Nuts/Bolts/Spark plugs
      « Reply #9 on: Feb 27, 2011, 08:36:04 am »
      yes very good info. for the youngsters. O8O O8O

      What about a sparkplug that seemed to be crossthreaded from the factory?   :D  I always use a hose to start my plugs but had to go through the headache of pulling the head. :banghead:

      But a very good thread indeed.

      I wonder if the robot at the factory has hands?  ;D ;D ;)
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      Re: Threads on Nuts/Bolts/Spark plugs
      « Reply #10 on: Feb 27, 2011, 02:34:28 pm »
      yes very good info. for the youngsters. O8O O8O

      What about a sparkplug that seemed to be crossthreaded from the factory?   :D  I always use a hose to start my plugs but had to go through the headache of pulling the head. :banghead:

      But a very good thread indeed.

      I wonder if the robot at the factory has hands?  ;D ;D ;)

      All I know is that damn robots hand was crooked that day. :D

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      Re: Threads on Nuts/Bolts/Spark plugs
      « Reply #11 on: Feb 27, 2011, 03:41:19 pm »
      ok made it a stickey,,,,
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      Re: Threads on Nuts/Bolts/Spark plugs
      « Reply #12 on: Mar 06, 2011, 11:51:25 pm »
      I've seen a guy put on lug nuts with an air impact wrench, by leaving the nut in the socket :o

      what about NASCAR?  ;D :D
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      Re: Threads on Nuts/Bolts/Spark plugs
      « Reply #14 on: Mar 23, 2011, 02:37:58 pm »
      When backing out a bolt that seems to keep tightening try a good shot of PB. Then do the "start to loosen then tighten then loosen and tighten. trying to back  it out a little more each time" as stated by RangerRick. This has saved my a$$ several times.  ;D

      Whats PB?