Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Dandridge (Near Knoxville), TN, USA
Originally Posted by BobbyLT
These ball studs are made of aluminum or some type of pig metal alloy I think. Does anyone make a steel replacement? Am I the only clown having this problem?
2003 K1200LTE, others
Not the only person to break one, but one of the very few who have had more than one break.
They are carbon steel, zinc plated. Most of us think that the main issue is occasionally checking them to insure that they are greased, and tightened properly. If they get a little loose, that causes them to rock back and forth slightly, putting more "bending" pressure on the threaded portion under the flange of the ball stud. Those of us who occasionally re-lubricated them and checked tightness never had one break again. Mine broke pretty early, around 20,000 miles. I replaced it with stock and carried spares in my took kit, but never had one break again in over 100,000 miles.
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EX: '01 Black LT, BAT BYKE (Totaled at 110,000 miles)
IBA SS, BB, BBG, 10/10ths.
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