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post #1 of 37 Old 09-08-2013, 10:07 PM Thread Starter
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Thumbs down !*&$^#@%$ Suzuki hardware!!!

stripped the head of yet another POS suzuki bolt yesterday. seriously, these things are made of the shittiest metal on the planet. it's a friggin wonder these damn bikes don't fall the f%$&* apart on their own.

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Bummer, it's why the guys at ace hardware recognize me so well.
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One of the plastic fairing bolts by chance? If that is the case, add some anti-seize and do not tighten so much, the bolts for the plastic bits should just be snugged down.

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Bummer, it's why the guys at ace hardware recognize me so well.
I have by now replaced nearly every bolt I've had call to remove with SS...Ace is the place...

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It might be worse where you are in FL with the salt in the air. You may benefit from getting some Corrosion Block spray and spraying the bike down. I just did this on the bike I will be using this fall and winter to keep the corrosion at bay.

That will penetrate in the hardware stopping corrosion and also act a bit like a penetrating oil.

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stripped the head of yet another POS suzuki bolt yesterday. seriously, these things are made of the shittiest metal on the planet. it's a friggin wonder these damn bikes don't fall the f%$&* apart on their own.
may I ask what bolt and what tool you used ?



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Suzuki makes their bolts out the finest cheese available.

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Be careful where you use stainless steel in place of OEM carbon steel hardware. In general, hardware-store type "SS" hardware has less strength than carbon steel. Plus you may end up with thread galling making them harder to get out when you have to.

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stripped the head of yet another POS suzuki bolt yesterday.
I feel your pain, but I had to laugh...I see this post on every motorcycle forum I visit...Yamaha, Kawi, Honda....I don't know that one is better than the other.

Most can be replaces pretty easily, but other bolts are a little tougher to find...if you want the same style.

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I assume you're not using a torque wrench - I have never broken a fastener torqued to the correct spec. You can keep blaming the cheap fasteners, but if you keep over-torquing them, they'll keep breaking. At some point, it's your heavy hand to blame, not the fasteners.

If you ARE using torque wrenches, check their calibration.

"too loose" = tighten; "too tight" = broken.
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