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post #1 of 11 Old 08-26-2012, 01:57 PM Thread Starter
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Removing front Fender on 2012 Adventure

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In my attempt to remove the front fender, there is one fastener that holds a clip to to route cables/hoses. It is the upper right fork leg, and there is a captive nut I can't see or get to , to remove the fastner. When I try to remove it with my allen wrench, I can hear the captive nut or whatever it is, spinning in there and not biting so allow the fastener to spin out. Anyone else run into this or am I missing a procedure to remove this? Thanks.
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post #2 of 11 Old 08-26-2012, 02:47 PM
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It's been mentioned often. Suzuki decided to use a strong thread locker on a nut that is pretty much impossible to hold with a tool. The wheel probably needs to come off first. Then great care is required to use heat and/or anaerobic adhesive solvent to defeat the thread locker and not melt the plastic. That is best done before the backing plate spins in the fender.

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Royal PITA, I had to take my front wheel off to fix.
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Maybe try some pbblast? careful not to get it on brake lines or tires!

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A tall, thin needle nose plier can be worked into place to prevent the nut from spinning. Awkward, but doable.

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post #6 of 11 Old 08-27-2012, 04:32 PM Thread Starter
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Fasterner spec

Does anyone know the fastener spec for that? (I kind of drilled mine out)
I want to make a different system that is temporary before I get the Touratech fender. I need size, etc. Thanks all.
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It's a rectangular steel plate with a boss welded on that's drilled and tapped M6x1.0 and slid into a slot cast into the fender. If you haven't terribly buggered the hole, a 6mm nylock nut and a fender washer will work temporarily. What exactly do you need? If you drilled through the plate, you can probably use a longer bolt and nut with it.

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Need bolt

Sorry, I only drilled out the Bold Allen head, then deeper into the bolt until it freed the fender. The square fastener is fine, but I am going to replace it with a locking nut/washer combo for sure. I need to bolt size. I did not hog out the opening at all, and was very careful.
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Loosened both sides on mine a couple or weeks ago--what a pita to tighten back up. Yep-spun both sides loose. Got a small flat screwdriver up between the fender and tire to catch the nut ( or whatever Suzuki calls it ) and got them both retightened. Will replace both with locknuts when the front wheel comes off.
Turned a 15 minute job into a solid hour worth of cussing.
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I thought it was easy too

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Loosened both sides on mine a couple or weeks ago--what a pita to tighten back up. Yep-spun both sides loose. Got a small flat screwdriver up between the fender and tire to catch the nut ( or whatever Suzuki calls it ) and got them both retightened. Will replace both with locknuts when the front wheel comes off.
Turned a 15 minute job into a solid hour worth of cussing.
Amen to that....
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