Impersonating a mechanic
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Kennett Square, PA/Sun Valley, ID
Year: 1982 & 1985
Model: 82 GL1100-I PA/85 GL1200-A ID
Muffler Hanger Bolt Flange '85 1200 A
The exhaust on this bike was lowered last fall to get to the starter, and when I re-assembled it, I could not get the left side hanger bolt to seat so that it could be screwed in. Here's the problem:
The first pic shows the rider footstep, with the hanger-bolt hole in the lower right.
Second pic is obvious.
Third pic is a closeup of the bolthole with the flange dimly visible behind it.
And the last pic is taken from above and shows the (surprising) problem: The flange that is welded to the muffler is actually two flat pieces! The near side is bent downward and covers part of the bolthole, so the bolt can't get in to reach the threads.
I suppose I could heat up the flange and attempt to bend up the portion that's bent down. Or I could use a Dremel tool and cut off the bent part of it.
Do you think it's rideable as is? The right side hanger bolt is securely in place.
I'm looking for other suggestions and comments. Thanks.
NOTE:This work won't be done until August: Life intrudes once again on motorcycle life.
82 GL1100-I -- PA
85 GL1200-A -- ID