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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-27-2012, 08:04 AM Thread Starter
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I started installing my new tach last night. 3 hours later and it still isn't done. Everything went smooth until I got to the very last step. Installing the two silver bolts that holds the speed/tach bracket to the bottom of the triple something or other. Even if I just try and put the bolts in without anything they are extremely hard to get started and you only get a couple of small turns before you have to start using a wrench. I would appreciate any and all help.

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Sounds like they are the wrong thread. Don't force them.
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I have thought about that but are the same ones that I took out.

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I've had to chase the threads with a tap on a number of holes on this bike. Not sure if it's all the tread locker they use or something else. Make sure you hold the bolt up to the tap and verify the threads nest. My tap set has 3 different pitches for some diameters.


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It does sound like they arent threading right. Double check those bolts and make sure the threads are ok and not already boogered up.

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if there is any thread locker on the bolts, clean it of with a small wire brush, or an old tooth brush. then, try them again and see if you can get them started a little farther by hand. if they go in a bit easier, without binding, then you should be OK. you should be able to tell if something is stripped or cross threaded right away. if the bolts weren't damaged when you removed them, there should be no reason for them not to go back in.

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I had the same issue when I put the tach on my KP. I think the holes line up slightly different or, more likely, the holes in the tach/speedo bracket are a bit smaller making it harder to start the bolt into the threads. Some jiggling and moving the bracket around helped to get them started eventually. Also; be sure to NOT tighten any of the 4 bolts until all 4 of them are started well into the threaded holes.

It's not a bad idea to chase the threads as mentioned either if you happen to have the correct tap or thread chaser.
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I know it's been a little over a week but I would like to thank everyone for your help. I got sick and then vacation so I didn't get around to doing anything until today. I went out and bought an M6 tap for those bolt holes. I cleaned the bolts with a wire brush and just screwed the taps in and the bolts went in pretty easy. Got some metric socket type allen wrenches as well. Anyway tack is in and tested in place but storm was rolling in so I didn't get a chance to bring the bike out and take it for a ride. Hopefully tomorrow.

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Good to hear you got it sorted out!
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