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Jamie

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Ever since I joined Rocket III Forums, Oct. or Nov,. '04, I have issued occasional reminders of the need for owners to go over the hardware on their mounts, all of it, and to re-tighten it at least once a month, haven't I?

(yes you have, Jamie, how repetitive, how boring...)

Well, last month, I skipped the tedious routine. Spring was just 'round the corner and my eargerness to GO riding prevailed upon such tedious maintenance chores.

And, lo and behold, I have just lost one bolt from the triangular chrome cover over the upper r/h muffler and most of the rear r/h turn signal assembly :D
 

RatBoy

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LocTite Blue is your friend... Highly endorsed by the Harley rider that first told me about it.
 

raymond braswell

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Sorry Jamie, but at least you are riding it hard enough to shake things loose. Going to snow here tonight in April of all times, so maybe this weekend I will heed your advice and get out the metric wrenchs.
 

Toystoretom

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Locktite is no excuse not to check over your bike, your butt could depend on it. However... I use Locktite by the gallon :D, hypocrite that I am. I actually went over my bile before I went for the first ride of the Spring (before it got cold again), and I always do at least a walk around at the start of the day.

I've lost plenty of those chrome covers.... the ditches should be full of them. :eek:
 

Jamie

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Loctite? Of course, I am using it. Not on the turn signal assembly, though. And it did not prevent the other chrome cover bolt from escaping. :cool:
 

Baggage1

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Very good advice Jamie since I have not checked mine in some time I will. I don't wash it as often now so it is more important to search for lose stuff. I do hear stuff at certain rpm ratling but just figure it to be the helmet lock. Hmm
 

dougl

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I haven't tightened anything in 2 1/2 years and nothing's come loose yet. Maybe my dealer did it at 10000miles.
 

Jamie

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Good to read from you, Dougl. Consider yourself lucky then. Loctite, whether applied copiously or sparingly, has NOT impeded such disapperances as:

Front bolt holding the gas tank , rear of the steering column.... YES, that's the one. Original one gone for good after a few hours of riding . Dealer pre-deilvery prep questioned, of course . Two spares (about 5 US bucks each, BTW) since Oct. '04. Just (last week) caught the second one in the audacious act of... slowly unseating itself:eek:

Bolts on the triangular chrome-plated rearpeg/mufflet bracket cover. Both sides. Four fugitive bolts since Oct. '04. Endemic. The fifth is the one mentioned upstairs ;) .

Most of the OEM optional "hardware kit" bits and pieces. In particular, there's a chrome-plated (but probably plastic) "T"- marked cap that fits on the upper r/h side of the engine. I have lost 4 of those, Loctite notwitstanding . Current issue has been GLUED on:) .

And a bolt on the fork lowers, one of the two on each leg, holding the r/h brake calipers. I am afraid I briefly ran out of amusement on that one

Never a dull moment. I LUV THAT BIKE.:D
 

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