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One of the three is stipped. Is a helicoil the best route to go? Is it an easy job to do myself, or let the dealer take care of it?
 

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SeaMarshal said:
One of the three is stipped. Is a helicoil the best route to go? Is it an easy job to do myself, or let the dealer take care of it?
I just happen to have a similar problem, in different location.
I would let the dealer do if you never done before.
 

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Helicoil is good. Another option is to find another oil pan. 05's & up use a different oil pan than earlier models. No need to rush, I rode over 10,000 miles with only 2 screws & never lost a drop of oil. Never used a torque wrench on those sense, just finger tight with a small allen wrench. You might even get lucky by running a tap through it. Mine got stripped cause someone installed a short screw. The skid plate screw fits but is shorter.
 

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Oil Filter Plate

The oil filter cover plate is attached to another plate that may be removed - 8 bolts?

Then the repair is made on a work bench by you or the shop.

I had a stripped bolt that a small easyout took care of. (no questions on who stripped the bolt please) Much easier removing the larger plate than standing bike upside down on handlebars! !!
 

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heli-coil the best, next best; re-tap if you have enough material, back in the day before i knew better i stripped a few out aluminum blocks, heads etc...and re-tapped with a "slightly" larger tap and bolt. But you have to have plenty of meat to do that. Like Bluebayou said..better on a bench. :D
 

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Permatex thread repair for the bolt hole. Works wonders. I think Meese or Dave Shealy had some stronger bolts if that's the problem...prbly a thread out there on it.
 

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+1 on Reid's suggestion.. if it doesn't work you haven't lost anything.

Just make SURE it's "CLEAN< CLEAN> CLEAN<!!!!"

Another option is to clean it and completely cover with epoxy PUTTY, then drill, tap. Because it's so shallow, you'll need a "bottom tap" to finish it cleanly..
 
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