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well i have been trying to shim my valves. my dad finally got the time to help me (he is a 35 year professional mechanic) and he promised me if i help paint our 2700 sq ft house and pick up all the piles of trash he would do it for me. and i told him sure put i wanna watch. so he was doing and everything went really well he told me to put it back together so i was like really i dont really wanna mess anything up why can't u just do it. so of course being a teenager and having know patience i was putting back together and torking every thing down right.. trying to take my time. then the last part to go was the valve cover. i read real quick and it said 43 ft lbs i was like dang thats alot. but i read real quick and was tightening it down and snap. strip all the threads in just one of the 3 bolts. makes me so mad because he knows i am not patient like him. so now i gotta save up some more money and just take it to a machine shop and have them fix it real quick.. gosh i hate when this happens u guys might know what i mean

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yep me2, i stripped my fuel float allen screw. i have no idea how to get it out, dont feel like taking it anywhere.

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Thats a shame. I stripped my buddy's oil drain plug on his TTR, but he took the heat for it (what a good friend) and had it re threaded

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man i just hate doing that. because i have never worked on something this nice before.. its a expensive arse dirt bike and i dont want just any working on it.. so i let my dad cuz there is nothing he can fix (i am serious) and he shows me, but when he tells me to do something like this i say no u know how to do it. why have me. u guys know what i am saying

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If the valve cover bolts onto the cam cap/retainers you will need to remove the retainer that is stripped. And then very carefully install a heli coil. Which is drilling it out, tapping it with the heli coil tap and then install the heli coil metal insert. Now you can install the oem bolt again.

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43 ft/lbs seems like a lot for a valve cover. are you sure it wasnt in/lbs?

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man i just hate doing that. because i have never worked on something this nice before.. its a expensive arse dirt bike and i dont want just any working on it.. so i let my dad cuz there is nothing he can fix (i am serious) and he shows me, but when he tells me to do something like this i say no u know how to do it. why have me. u guys know what i am saying

I don't think your dad should be taking any heat for this. He's a mechanic, gave you something to do that HE thought you could handle...period!

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Your father was trying to teach you a Life Lesson. I think you learned it. Double-check things and take your time and if something seems wrong, STOP and check it again.

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Time to spend some more time watching the old man. My dad used to make me come to the shop and help him do stuff sometimes, I sure thank him for it now. Watch and learn, then you won't be making any more posts like this.

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valve cover is supposed to be snug, relax and read the manual next time instead of skimming thru it.

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I say no better way to learn but the hard way:foul:

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"ur bike, you work on it!!" thats what my old man says and i thank him for it! now i dont even trust him working on my bike.

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Life is all about learning from your mistakes. I am sure your dad did not get to be where he is without making some bonehead mistakes like that.....we all have.

Now, you need to learn how to heli-coil, it's not that hard, just follow the directions and take your time. You will save a butt load of cash and be proud of a job well done.

Drill it straight, and use tons of lube when tapping the hole. The Heli-coil is actually stronger than the original threads. As a matter of fact, many times in the aerospace industry, Helicoils are installed right from the start, due to their strength.

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i like your guys post.. i know what you guys mean but how many of you are so patient as a teenager to re-read everything. you just wanna get it done fast as you can move your hands.

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If the valve cover bolts onto the cam cap/retainers you will need to remove the retainer that is stripped. And then very carefully install a heli coil. Which is drilling it out, tapping it with the heli coil tap and then install the heli coil metal insert. Now you can install the oem bolt again.

+1 :thumbsup::ride:

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+1 :thumbsup::ride:

ya thats probably what i am going to do. my dad has all the tools for that. so its probably the easiest way too go you think.

just to make sure i gotta take the cam holder off.:bonk:

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you just wanna get it done fast as you can move your hands.

...which can certainly be accomplished.

But only once you're well practiced. :thumbsup:

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My dad is the same way, hell say to do something and i have no idea what hes talking about so i try and i break something. I've stripped out a ton of bolts and luckily my uncle is a machinist who can literally fix anything i can break. I'm slowly converting all my bolts to helicoils, if you catch my drift. :thumbsup:

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so did he just stand there and watch you F it up?

he didnt stop you? or was he not around?

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