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Question Possibly stripped oil drain bolt?

I have an '83 GL1100, changed the oil, tightened the drain plug back in to the specified 28 fl.lbs, and it would never get that tight - the bolt just spins and spins. Is there some kind of mechanism, like a 2-part assembly, to prevent the bolt from over-torqueing, or did i actually just strip the bolt? I'm afraid to take it out to look at it, because I started the bike, took it for a short ride, and it's not leaking any oil.
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Obviously stripped. A new drain plug crush washer would have prevented that. A thread insert is the best fix.

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Just a thought, you may try a longer bolt which maybe can catch a few threads.
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That's what happened to me. An after market magnetic bolt peeled a thread while removing and even a new oem bolt wouldn't tighten up. Got a longer bolt with same thread pitch from a wreckers, (I think it came out of a Suzuki) and that did the trick.
PS: I never use a torque wrench on it, just snug then a short bump on the wrench.
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Once you've stripped out most of the threads don't expect a longer bolt to hold long on the one or two threads left.

There are only two fixes I would trust.
1: As Dave said, a thread insert.
2: A new to you transmission cover with good threads.

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Is it even possible to drill for an insert with the engine in the frame?

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Is it even possible to drill for an insert with the engine in the frame?
It's a GL1100 with the drain bolt in the front transmission cover so yes.

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That's what happened to me. An after market magnetic bolt peeled a thread while removing and even a new oem bolt wouldn't tighten up. Got a longer bolt with same thread pitch from a wreckers, (I think it came out of a Suzuki) and that did the trick.
PS: I never use a torque wrench on it, just snug then a short bump on the wrench.
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http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from...COVER&_sacat=0

Looks like it may be cheaper to just get another cover.

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