1500 fork drain plug thread stripped


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1500 fork drain plug thread stripped

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Help now I'm in trouble, removed the fork oil drain plug, the one that goes upwards at the bottom of the fork, the one thats through the axle hole.
It was very tight coming out, then it loosened up and out it came, I screwed in but will not tightened up, I can only imagine the thread is damaged enough not to tighten the drain bolt
I've never had these forks apart so I don't know the finer details of if it's innards
I'm thinking, does anyone know, is this allen bolt thread longer than the allen bolt itself, or does the bolt protrude on the onside of the fork casting, if it's longer, I could put a slightly longer bolt in but I don't know how near any mechanism is to the inner end of the bolt hole.

I'd plug the hole permanantly if I could think of a way.

Any ideas welcome.

Alex


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Re: 1500 fork drain plug thread stripped

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Silly Me, just reading wing admins how to rebuild 1500 forks.

Am I to assume that the drain plug does not screw into the aluminium leg but into something inside it,
he says rest the fork upside down on it's spring so you can screw the drain plug in, well I tried putting the drain plug in with no spring at all in the fork.

Have I got a problem or just being silly

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97. Invert the fork and rest it on the spring as shown. This keeps the piston pressed up against the bottom end of the fork so that the drain screw can be inserted.
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Can't rush out and look, bike in friends garage

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Re: 1500 fork drain plug thread stripped

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In the diagram 39 threads into 23


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Re: 1500 fork drain plug thread stripped

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Thank you, I thought it screwed into 33 the outer tube, as I said I have no working knowledge of this fork, I just pannicked when it wouldn't screw back in.

Thanks again, where would I be without you guys

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Re: 1500 fork drain plug thread stripped

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That is not a drain bolt. It is the bolt that holds the inner fork parts to the outer housing. Yes, fork oil will drain out of the hole when removed, but that is not what it is there for. When Honda used a drain bolt, they were on the side of the outer housing. Not getting picky, just helping you understand the parts.
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Re: 1500 fork drain plug thread stripped

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Thanks Snowmower, I did wonder about that when I realised what it was, the bolt is now sucessfully back in place, I only took 1 out in a attempt to get more oil out, I should have left well alone, I know now, forks are out, oil drained just waiting for new springs and seal kit.

Thanks to everyone who answered me, saved me a sleepless night.

Cheers everyone

Alex


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