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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-22-2004, 06:45 PM Thread Starter
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The dealer did the first service on it and now the plug is stripped, I don't want to bring it back to teh dealer do to the distance, what is a good permeant fix for it and could you run me though the steps. Thanks

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The dealer did the first service on it and now the plug is stripped, I don't want to bring it back to teh dealer do to the distance, what is a good permeant fix for it and could you run me though the steps. Thanks
Two options. 1st would be to pull the tank and have the bolt hole heli-coiled. Most automotive shops can do this for you. It's actually pretty common. Your second option is buy a used tank from someone in the parts section or spring for a aftermarket unit. The aftermarket tanks can be had for just shy of $200.00.

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My friend did the same to his the best thing to do is bring it to the dealer and have them tap the threads

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I stripped my front diff on my Honda Rancher I re-tapped the threads with the same size tap and picked up a new bolt and it quit leaking... Same concept...

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What about the new drain bolt I heard about that is self tapping, you are suppose to be able to pick it up at any auto parts store?

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I did use one of those on my F-150 when the dealer stripped. Never took it out cause ended up trading it in before it needed an oil change. I dont have good luck with oil drain bolts. No I just tightin them so they are snug no cranking at all.

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Hey Joe my dealer did the same thing here. I went with a slightly larger bolt, placed a thick oring at the base of the head. Then just created new threads ( note coarse thread ) Once it was threaded all the way i checked it for fit. Worked great added oil checked for leaks. been about 4 months now and no problems.

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If it were me I'd call the dealer up and tell them what happened. If they didnt seem to want to help then I would have it Drilled out and Tapped for a Larger bolt. I just snug mine up. It wouldnt take much to strip it out.
Another reason why I like to change my own oil on everything that way I know everything is done right.

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Stripped out mine also a few month ago :angry .............I bought a used tank from someone in the parts section (as mentioned above) for $30 shipped. Not a bad deal if you ask me!! And the used tank was like new!! Just seemed to be easier than bringing it to the dealer and have them tap the threads or whatever. Too much of a hassle I think......I'm kinda lazy!

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Here's what I did,
1ST drain oil then lift your quad onto the rear bumper go to a napa or your dealer they should borrow you or let you purchase a heli coil from them. drill out the hole and tap the threads with the heli coil tap install helicoil with some loc tite. next is lower your quad and run a quart of oil thru the tank to flush out any shavings. install plug and add your oil. would recommend that you run your engine and then change your oil and filter after a hour or so as it will collect a few small particles. I did this repair in like 10 minutes its easy.The tank is aluminium and would not recomend just installing a bigger plug fix it right the first time and you will never have a problem again.

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