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post #1 of 53 Old 01-03-2013, 03:10 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Front Fender Warning

Decided to remove the Front fender to make fitting an extender a bit easier. Sounds pretty simple? Not so! When I tried to remove the rear bolts they were VERY stiff and eventually just turned on their own. The reason? They have a square-shaped spacer/nut combination thingy that sits in a flimsy plastic surround inside the wheel area and the bolts are loaded with thread lock. In the end I had to hold the "nut" with small grip-locks and slowly work the bolt out. I ended up drilling out the 6mm spacer to 6.5mm, replacing the bolt with a longer one and putting a nylok nut on the end. Of course, I might just have been unlucky, this is just a "heads up" in case this happens to you and what seems to be a simple job turns into a marathon.
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The situation has been reported before. Care needs to be taken. The backing plate needs to be held in place. The usual trick of defeating thread locker with heat is difficult when the threaded plate is captured in ABS plastic. A Cyanoacrylate solvent such as Loctite 768 may help but it will probably eat plastic too. Don't just put a wrench on the nut and turn. I've made this thread a sticky in hopes it may help fend off fender problems.
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Was this a problem on the earlier 650's?

BTDT. Took front wheel off and it's a bit easier to get the orange locktite of death loose.

2012 Suzuki DL650AL2, over 45k miles already!

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If it is a problem on Wees, I haven't heard of it. It's a good idea to check for thread locker. As years have gone by, Suzuki has used thread locker on more and more fasteners. The Glees are practically dipped in the stuff.
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If it is a problem on Wees, I haven't heard of it. It's a good idea to check for thread locker. As years have gone by, Suzuki has used thread locker on more and more fasteners. The Glees are practically dipped in the stuff.
blame the Risk Managers for this - a fad that started in the USA
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post #6 of 53 Old 01-03-2013, 04:50 PM
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If it is a problem on Wees, I haven't heard of it. It's a good idea to check for thread locker. As years have gone by, Suzuki has used thread locker on more and more fasteners. The Glees are practically dipped in the stuff.
I had it happen on my 2006.

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I drilled off the heads of the bolts after the nut started turning. Did not want to mess anything up and bolts can be replaced.

Mounted the square nuts in a vise and used a big crescant wrench to turn them off the remainder of the bolts.

I epoxied the nuts back into place and when I say epoxied, I mean completely filled in the space the nut sits in. After the epoxy set up, I drilled into it and even ran a suitable tap in, although I don't know if I left any threads.

I had two bolts of the right size in my "extras" can and now I can mount or unmount the fender easily, without the nut turning inside.
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Please stop with the "not an issue with my Vee/Wee" posts. That's the case for most Vees and Wees. If the bolts on your Vee or Wee don't come out easily, don't force it and check for thread locker but it is not typical. This thread is about the Glee.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
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I had to cut slots in the bolts with a Dremel on my '07. Last time I had the fender off, I tapped out all the nuts and ran the bolts through the appropriate die. I expect to do the same thing when I pull the 2012 fender in the spring.

It wasn't an issue with locktite on the older bikes, just corrosion. Thanks for the locktite headsup on the new ones, Pat.

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I had the same happen when I was raising up mu fender. You can lock them in with a little epoxy or similar when you re-install the fender. Mine had red loctite on the bolts.
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