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I just attempted my first oil change on my 07 Vegas. Long story short I appear to have stripped the threads on the drain plug bolt as its just spinning in place. It wont tighten and it wont come out. I feel that whatever needs to be done now is beyond my ability so I'll have to bring it in to the dealership and have them fix it. For several years I've changed the oil on a VW Passat, Toyota Tacoma and Honda Shadow and I've never done this before... Has anyone done anything similar or have any advice?
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No bueno. According to my dealer that's a major repair.
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I know in the old days once you removed the old plug you could buy a rubber grommet type plug that worked. I suppose you could also rethread the hole a slightly larger size. That does not solve you first problem of removing the old one. Sorry these are probaly poor suggestions, but I am sure the dealer would have much better ideas.

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I just happen to have the bike at my uncles place right now. He is a retired mechanic but unfortunately he only dealt with cars and trucks in his day. However he pointed out that my plug is very strange. Its not leaking any oil even though it spins without much resistance. Its almost as if it was just passing through the hole with a nut on the other end. I don't know if thats possible... unless the previous owner stripped it out and then made a quick fix of it by doing this. I guess I'll find out when I bring it into the shop.
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There is an o-ring between the head of the bolt and the case. There is probably just enough pressure between the two to keep from leaking just yet.I would not ride it that way.
As far as it being an expensive fix, it doesn't have to be.


Well unfortunately as you already know, it is stripped. If you can put the bike up on a jack and secure it, then use vise grips to hold the head of the bolt, you can use a drill with a small bit to start a hole in the middle of the bolt.You may want to pull the oil filter first and try and drain as much oil as possible before drilling through the bolt,since when drilling through the bolt will obviously get messy with the oil draining out. I would then go to a bit just big enough to take out the hex to a round hole.Drill through the bolt.That will get you a good hole in the center of the bolt with a good round hole to work with, which will help in stepping up to a bigger bit. Next take a little bigger bit and drill the hole bigger, a little bigger at a time.Cause you want the threads to be as thin as possible when you get to a drill that finally cuts the head off the bolt.
You should be able, by then, to collapse the threads at this point and work it out of the hole.
After removal, you need to get a drain plug repair kit. Or just get a threaded insert with the correct threads. tap the hole for the insert and install the insert.

I hope I didn't confuse you with all this.
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I follow you and if the damage was in another location I'd attempt to fix it myself. I once had to re tap the metric threads on my last bike's rear fender because the previous owner forced SAE bolts into them... But right now I only have a small motorcycle lift that wouldn't provide me with enough space to get my tools underneath. Considering what a larger lift might cost I feel that I'd rather just pay someone else to do it.
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I follow you and if the damage was in another location I'd attempt to fix it myself. I once had to re tap the metric threads on my last bike's rear fender because the previous owner forced SAE bolts into them... But right now I only have a small motorcycle lift that wouldn't provide me with enough space to get my tools underneath. Considering what a larger lift might cost I feel that I'd rather just pay someone else to do it.

Take vise grips and grab hold of the drain plug and pull downward and while twisting counterclockwise. The plug will come out, trust me...been there and done that. Now for the repair. Go to the auto parts store and get a self tapping screw that is slightly larger than your drain plug screw. Slowly insert it and let it work its magic. This is going to be the least expensive yet highly effective method. Other people have used Heli coils to rethread but I have heard that those eventually will come loose. Another alternative is to use a product called Time Sert. I hear this is a highy effective method of repair. Hope this helps.
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Take vise grips and grab hold of the drain plug and pull downward and while twisting counterclockwise. The plug will come out, trust me...been there and done that. Now for the repair. Go to the auto parts store and get a self tapping screw that is slightly larger than your drain plug screw. Slowly insert it and let it work its magic. This is going to be the least expensive yet highly effective method. Other people have used Heli coils to rethread but I have heard that those eventually will come loose. Another alternative is to use a product called Time Sert. I hear this is a highy effective method of repair. Hope this helps.
Of the two methods mentioned; this is the one I would use as well.
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The bike is back from the shop. The mechanic used a flathead screwdriver to pry down on the plug while turning it out. The threads on the plug were intact but stripped on the engine. So he tapped them to a slightly larger size and installed a slightly larger drain plug. Since he had to drain all of the oil out anyways, I had him finish off the oil change for me with the kit the I had already purchased. The cost was $78 for labour and $4 for parts.
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Has anyone ever used an oil extractor on their Victory? I have one I use on my boat. Would save the concern over stripping threads.

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