Air cleaner housing

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Motorcycle: 1985 GL1200A ASPENCANDE

Air cleaner housing

Post by » Sun Apr 21, 2013 11:32 am

I own a 1985 aspencande. I am unable to remove the 4 screws holding the air cleaner housing to the air cleaner cover. The screw base is held into the plastic via a square hole in the plastic. I've stipped one! Any ideas.

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Re: Air cleaner housing

Post by virgilmobile » Mon Apr 22, 2013 9:38 am

The threaded insert has seized to the bolt.Personally,I'd heat the head of the bolt with a soldering gun till the plastic starts to melt....wiggle it just a little and let it cool off.....It MAY lock the insert back...
If it still won't come out,Drill the head off the bolt and remove the cover then deal with the offending retainer.
Which ever your comfortable with doing first.You can just drill the head off to get it apart.

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Re: Air cleaner housing

Post by tprender » Mon Apr 22, 2013 7:40 pm

I had this happen to me when I was taking my '86 apart to clean the carbs last fall. I tried to drill the heads off but the bolts started to spin before the heads were all of the way off. Got my drimel tool out and put a stone and finished grinding off the heads. When I put it back together, I drilled out the hole and put a long bolt with a washer on the nut. I used some lock tight just incase the nut wanted to come loose.
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Re: Air cleaner housing

Post by » Mon Apr 22, 2013 9:23 pm

I tried the heat without success, so I cut the head off of the screw and then drilled out the insert and put a bolt with a locking nut. Thanks for the ideas!

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Re: Air cleaner housing

Post by FlWingMan » Sun May 26, 2013 5:16 pm

I had the same issues on my 84 Interstate. And the top cover which held the square nuts was warping so the air-box wasn't sealing nicely. My answer since I work in a sheet metal shop was a replacement .125" aluminum cover shaped and drilled to match the original (but without the stripped holes or warp to it). A little Rustolieum Hammer Black paint to kill the shiny and she looks just great, seals swell, and no spinning fasteners anymore. My opinion, its what Honda should have done from the start.

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