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On my valve cover, the bolt closest to my right knee when I'm riding, leaks oil around it. I put in a new rubber washer gasket (the right direction even) and the bolt is correct torque but still leaks. What is the best solution?
 

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Make sure its not stripped,if its not,ditto a little SUZUKI bond on both sides will do the trick...
 

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Common problem with stripped cam caps. If its stripped APE sells a 1mm oversized botl that is also made out of alum. so it won't strip teh caps. They also sell a stock size for those of you that don't want to risk it. I have replaced all of mine with the alloy ones. Just coat the rubber on both sides with some copper RTV and let it set-up (skin) for a couple minutes before you put it on.
 

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Hey bones...

The previous owner stripped two of the larger valve cover bolts.
The leak was minimal when I first got the bike but now it's time to check valves and what not and I'm going to have to address the problem.
The bolts seem to tighten a little then just spin, it seems like the top few threads on block are stripped.
What can I do??
I'll get a few pics this afternoon & post 'em..
 

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For stripped cover bolts you can get the oversize bolts from APE or put a heli-coil http://www.helicoil.com/products/helicoil.html in. I prefer the heli-coils over the APE bolts for a few reasons:

- Since you need to retap the cam caps anyways you might as well put n the stainless insert which will be stronger and not strip out again

- It's cheaper since a $30 heli-coil kit will do a complete motor with inserts to spare

I went ahead and heli-coiled all mine (even the non-stripped ones) and it was really easy and now I don't need to worry about those stupid bolts ever again.

Matt
 

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Thanks for the responses, I'm certain it's been threaded I can spin it with little resistance. It was well hidden when I bought it. I've ordered some new bolts and gasket figured I'll check the internals while I'm in there as I'm planning to do some long rides.
 

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I found that Heli-coils are very temperamental, I used Time serts with great results.





cheers
 

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+1 on time serts over helicoils. Have to spend more money on their special tools and need a bit more metal surrounding the hole than helicoils but they are superior
 
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