8 Ball In The Wind

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Source of the Problem

Do you see this sheared off bolt?  That's what broke on me coming back from our camping trip on Sunday.  The other part of it is still inside the swingarm, so if I am going to extract it, I need to remove the entire swingarm from the bike.

This means that I have to:

1.  Put the bike up on blocks.

2. Remove the drive belt from rear wheel, and pull out the wheel.

3. Remove the brake caliper.

4. Remove the passenger pegs, plastic mud guard, the shock absorbers and the swing axis rod.

5. Then remove the swingarm.

All this just to be able to extract one broken off bolt.  Such a pain in the ass.  Reminds me of the old saying; "A dollar waiting on a dime."  The whole bike is down because of one broken bolt.  I am hoping I don't have any trouble extracting it.  On Thursday afternoon I am going to pick up some left hand drill bits and try to drill it out.

Catch ya on the road sometime...

1 comment:

  1. I guess I should expect this sort of thing to happen the way I ride the old girl...but that's why I carry tools with me.