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04 ktm 125 sx

I bought it about 2 weeks ago and just noticed that the bolt that stops the steering from turning to far left is severely bent. Whats the best way to fix it?

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use the jam nut to turn it out.

It will come.

I am new to tt but not new to mechanics!

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Loosen the jam nut and try to put pliers on the bolt and get it out or a wrench .and replace it someone had a bad wreck.looks like,,

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so I should try to turn the bolt out? I can't possibly try to put a new bolt in there because the thing is so badly bent.

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That puppy got hit hard. You might want to check your fork tubes to see if they're straight. Check T-clamp for stress fractures. 👍

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See if you can heat it up, then put a wrench on the bolt and try to yank it to straighten up the hole so you can put a new one in. Might ruin the threads though. . .

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so I should try to turn the bolt out? I can't possibly try to put a new bolt in there because the thing is so badly bent.

You can put a new bolt in, it doesn't appear to have messed up the threads from that bend. Just turn the jam not off and eventually when the jam nut hits the bend in the bolt it will start backing the whole bolt out. Replace with new bolt.

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yes there is the bolt and the jam nut underneath loosen the nut underneath the bent bolt and turn away (slow ) then order a new steering stop bolt and nut.. or go to a bolt store and pick one up there. will be much cheaper. you may want to round the "TOP" of the nut from a bolt store so it don't chew up the triple clamp .

make sure the new bolt is the proper thread the guy at the bolt shop should know.

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If there's room you can grind off teh head and weld a new hean on and get it out, or get some vice grips on the threads and back it out.

MAX!!!

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you guys do relize that the tube the bolt is in is bent also correct? i would just take it to a machine shop and have them cut it off and weld a new one on.

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you guys do relize that the tube the bolt is in is bent also correct? i would just take it to a machine shop and have them cut it off and weld a new one on.

I had to take a second look but the bend is not to serious. The threads are probably still in good shape.

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Ya what motox178 said. The bend is above the jam nut not under.

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after you get that bent stud out...i'd look into putting (a vacuum cap or rubber bolt cover) on the replacement to have a rubber stopper there

"metal to metal" just doesn't look right

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Thanks guys I'll try to get that bolt out today and see if I can replace it with another one. I was going to put a rubber stopper or something to stop that metal to metal contact anyway.

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Well, what method did you use to extract that bitch?

MAX!!!

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