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post #1 of 14 Old 07-14-2016, 10:11 AM Thread Starter
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SW-motech steel mounting plate

I purchased one beginning of the year. I'm pretty good on not overloading my top case weight, but I do travel some gravel roads with it loaded sometimes. Anyway, the front 2 bolts that mount in to the subframe I believe have sheared off. Sucks, I'm not too happy about it, anyone else had this issue happen?
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post #2 of 14 Old 07-14-2016, 11:13 AM
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Is it standard hardware or special? Just upgrade to a better class of hardware and you should be good.

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I had the same thing happen, I replaced them with shouldered bolts of a higher grade (I think the ones it came with were not even grade 5.
I went with grade 8 equivalent in stainless.

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I had the same thing happen, I replaced them with shouldered bolts of a higher grade (I think the ones it came with were not even grade 5.
I went with grade 8 equivalent in stainless.
Don't get too caught up on the grade of the bolt, or getting grade 8. Get a shoulder bolt that ensures the shoulder takes the full shear load and you should be fine. Grade 5 is more than enough.

High grade bolts aren't always better and stronger in the application. Higher grades are also harder and stiffer and can cause other problems in odd ways you might not expect. Also, mismatching the grade of the bolt and the nut can cause problems too, stripping and not staying tight.

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Is it standard hardware or special? Just upgrade to a better class of hardware and you should be good.
yeah I plan on getting something better, was just wondering if anyone else was having any issues with aftermarket plates.
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post #6 of 14 Old 07-14-2016, 03:29 PM
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I had the same problem 4-5 times i also replaced bolts with higher grades and they sheared as well.
last time it happened is 3 weeks ago when i went off road.
I talked to keith from twisted throttle.
I reinstalled the whole thing again new spacers ,bolts etc... we will see what happens.
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if it isn't i will have a more serious talk with them,their customer service is usually very good so i don't anticipate a problem

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funny I just noticed mine after doing some mild off-roading the other day. I wasn't beating on the bike that hard, heck, I don't even have a real bash plate!
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funny I just noticed mine after doing some mild off-roading the other day. I wasn't beating on the bike that hard, heck, I don't even have a real bash plate!
it happened to me the first time just riding the streets of NYC (which is mild off road ).

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Yes, happened to me too. They sent me replacement bolts but I replaced the top plate with the GIVI version which has a support bracket underneath to lessen the strain on the bolts.
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hmmmm, got me thinking of going a different route myself now. Twisted Throttle replaced my bolts as well, but I don't want to have to drill them out and replace every few months.
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