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I installed a belly pan on my gl1800. I found the PO had lost two of the four 6mm nuts that go on the four bolts that the belly pan slips over. I ordered those in with new washers but found that one of the four bolts is stripped. I cannot get the nut to thread. It does not really cause a problem, but I would like to correct the issue.
I have a tap and dye kit, not metric, but you cannot get to this bolt with one of those without doing some extensive r&r of body parts.
Is there such a thing as a self threading nut? I mean one that would help re-thread the bolt, not one that self adjusts to the existing bolt threads, because this one is stripped.

Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.
 

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On the stripped bolt, is it just the tip of the bolt, or does the stripped part go all the way up?

If it's just the tip, then you can carefully file down the end of the bolt so that it's got a V shape, and the nut can catch some new threads as you screw it on.

Plus you should be able to go to a place like Ace hardware, or any independent hardware store and buy just the die you need, instead of a whole set.
 

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A normal die in not going to work at all because there is only room for a socket or a nut driver. A die handle will not get in there. I was looking for a socket style die set.
Now I'm starting to wonder if that bolt is a turn in bolt. Maybe by removing a couple pieces of the lower body I can get a vice grip on it and turn it out and just replace it. I'll have to check my 1800 parts list and see if I get lucky there.
 

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snap on and other tool mfg.'s make rethreading tools same size as nut. good luck:action::waving:
 

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plainmech wrote:
snap on and other tool mfg.'s make rethreading tools same size as nut. good luck:action::waving:
Thank you. I found some mm die nut kits. I don't know if it is worth the $30 bucks. I wonder if I should be that picky.
 

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Home Depot up here carries a rethreader that looks like a mini tubing cutter. I don't know if that would help.

I believe it is universal so it either fits everything or nothing. :dude:
 

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I picked up a tap & die set about 2 months that I found on sale, both mm & SAE. I have used it 4 times and saved myself enough money to pay for it twice over...a man can never have enough tools...
 
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I once used a castle nut turned backwards ro recut threads on a bolt with no room for a die.
It took a while but it worked.
Good luck with this one.
 

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bbach wrote:
plainmech wrote:
snap on and other tool mfg.'s make rethreading tools same size as nut. good luck:action::waving:
Thank you. I found some mm die nut kits. I don't know if it is worth the $30 bucks. I wonder if I should be that picky.
Don't be that picky....remember.....you own a Wing!! It is loaded with mm sized bolts
 

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Is that a bolt or stud? If a stud, Harbor freight sells a stud remover which might fit in there. Then just insert a new stud.
 

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Just a thought. I had a bolt strip in the cam shaft carrier and the engineering shop said to try a slight longer bolt first before giving it to them to helicoil. It worked a treat. Just 60p and job done tight as a drum.
 
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