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post #11 of 16 Old 08-08-2016, 06:59 PM
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The two frame bolts are M8x1.25, 20mm long hardened bolts. Suzuki's gone wild of late with thread locker use but those bolts actually need it.

Sometimes, the first problem noticed is the steering won't move much past center on one side. That happens when a frame bolt comes loose and falls on the lower triple clamp.
Had this happen to me. Luckily it was in my driveway when I was pushing the bike around out of the garage. WTF, why won't the handlebars turn to the right?

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The two frame bolts are M8x1.25, 20mm long hardened bolts. Suzuki's gone wild of late with thread locker use but those bolts actually need it.

Sometimes, the first problem noticed is the steering won't move much past center on one side. That happens when a frame bolt comes loose and falls on the lower triple clamp.
From what I can work out this subject is about the dl650, are the bolt sizes the same size for the dl1000, anyone have an idea. I had the same problem, one missing and one 3/4 of the way out. Thanks all for the info, great post and info.
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Vee, Wee and Glee all use the same bolts.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s
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Vee, Wee and Glee all use the same bolts.
Ah, cool. Thanks for the quick response. You sir are a legend.
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Thanks for the heads-up. I just checked mine and I'm happy to report that mine are on there 'gudentight'. (2014 DL 650 with 8000 miles) Maybe the problem has been addressed?

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bolt stuck in steering head bearings

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The two frame bolts are M8x1.25, 20mm long hardened bolts. Suzuki's gone wild of late with thread locker use but those bolts actually need it.

Sometimes, the first problem noticed is the steering won't move much past center on one side. That happens when a frame bolt comes loose and falls on the lower triple clamp.
Happened to me just after having gone over a cattle crossing (brrrrump!) and attempting a U-turn on a deserted road. Normally an easy maneuver, but this time the bike just wouldn't turn and fell to the lowside, catching my boot underneath the bike. The ladyfriend picked her self up, and then took enough weight off the bike to allow me to pull my boot free. Bruised crap out of my lower leg but we were OK.

The AWOL bolt got crammed by the steering lock stop lug into the steering head bearing itself, and it took a hammer (um, channel-locks) and a punch (um, screwdriver) to dislodge it. The lady's fingers were small enough to start the bolt threading back in, and a 10mm wrench (at last, the correct tool) snugged it up. Problem solved. Locktite came later.

Just the day before, we had crossed the Beartooth Highway experiencing winds so gusty I was afraid to stop for a photo op. We shudder to think what might have happened on that road if the steering had been compromised. Definitely not the shoulder you want to run off.
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