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Offline Zman

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What's your prefered method to get to the header bolts?
« on: May 14, 2011, 11:43:57 am »
I've read some go as far as taking the radiator out and others got there with 1/4 extensions and swivels? It's raining, again, so I think it's time......

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Re: What's your prefered method to get to the header bolts?
« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2011, 11:49:01 am »
I generally have the front wheel and fender off and then take the side fairings off.  Also loosen the rad at the top.  That works for me but others can get in there without doing all that. 
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Re: What's your prefered method to get to the header bolts?
« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2011, 02:05:55 pm »
What Jim said...........and if you install some fuji-lock nuts, you more than likely are done worrying about them.
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Re: What's your prefered method to get to the header bolts?
« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2011, 02:10:06 pm »
I recently did mine. Take off the lower fairing and have a few extensions and a swivel head for the rachet. Be carefull when tightening the header bolts not to slip off the bolts and damage the radiator. Most of mine were loose. One more thing, be patient, at first I did not think I would be able to get to all the bolts tightened without further removing of things but it can be done. Taking off the body work is the worst part of the job.

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Re: What's your prefered method to get to the header bolts?
« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2011, 02:40:53 pm »
so are these commonly loose from the factory??

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Re: What's your prefered method to get to the header bolts?
« Reply #5 on: May 14, 2011, 02:48:47 pm »
Don't know if they are loose from the factory but they get loose rather quickly once the bike is ridden.  After a few tightenings they tend to stay in place.  I don't think we've had anyone check them right after the bike was bought of the show room floor.
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Re: What's your prefered method to get to the header bolts?
« Reply #6 on: May 14, 2011, 02:51:24 pm »
well i got 1800 on it i may check them this week, weather depending.

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Re: What's your prefered method to get to the header bolts?
« Reply #7 on: May 15, 2011, 06:59:01 am »
well i got 1800 on it i may check them this week, weather depending.

I guess I better do mine, I got 3400 on the bike and I leave for a 11,000 mile trip (Florida to Alaska) in a month. Does the header start to leak if they are loose or is there any sign they are coming loose?

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Re: What's your prefered method to get to the header bolts?
« Reply #8 on: May 15, 2011, 07:03:54 am »
I've done mine twice and each time they needed it. The fist time I did it without taking anything off, what a pain! The last time I took the lower fairing off. It was WAY easier but still a bit of a pain getting to the middle nuts.
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Re: What's your prefered method to get to the header bolts?
« Reply #9 on: May 15, 2011, 07:32:35 am »
just for the asking, will the loose header nuts produce noise like a car . that tapping sound?  got 4400 miles on bike now and still very quiet.

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Re: What's your prefered method to get to the header bolts?
« Reply #10 on: May 15, 2011, 05:14:11 pm »
With the right tools it is not a big deal, just remove the lower faring.  Also it helps to have small hands.  I check nime at abot 1500 miles.  They were all loose.
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Re: What's your prefered method to get to the header bolts?
« Reply #11 on: May 15, 2011, 08:47:52 pm »
You can consider installing thin jam nuts on top of the existing nuts and tighten them against one another.  This should keep the nuts form coming loose.   That's what I did. You can get 6 metric jam nuts at Ace hardware for less than two dollars.

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Re: What's your prefered method to get to the header bolts?
« Reply #12 on: May 15, 2011, 08:57:20 pm »
just for the asking, will the loose header nuts produce noise like a car . that tapping sound?  got 4400 miles on bike now and still very quiet.

Mine made some noise that I noticed, so I pulled the lower fairings and loosened the radiator to tighten everything back up.
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Re: What's your prefered method to get to the header bolts?
« Reply #13 on: May 15, 2011, 10:13:56 pm »
> 32,000 miles, and other than checking the header bolts i could reach with my fingers due to fearmongers on this forum having me paranoid they come loose, i have never accessed mine.  Nor have I had a reason too.

fearmongers once upon a time also had me thinking KiPass is capable of failure, driveshaft would need repair,  and my Kawi luggage would mysteriously take flight


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Re: What's your prefered method to get to the header bolts?
« Reply #14 on: May 16, 2011, 06:44:58 am »
Steve doesn't even like Kawasaki........has had no issues.......and is a Honda Snob!!!!!! :stirpot:
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