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I have a 1988 GL1500 and want to chrome the valve covers. Do I need to drain the oil first or if I don't will it flood out when I remove the covers? Thanks.
 

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You will lose about a cup full from each side if you do it on the main stand. If you do it on the sidestand you will lose a cupful from the left side and none from the right.
 

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.......so the secret is to lean it to the right... and do the Left cover .... and then..... put it on the side stand...... and do the Right side......LOL../forums/images/emoticons/cool.gif..............Big grin SilverDave/forums/images/emoticons/emoticonsxtra/cooldj.gif
 

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.......so the secret is to lean it to the right... and do the Left cover .... and then..... put it on the side stand...... and do the Right side......LOL../forums/images/emoticons/cool.gif..............Big grin SilverDave/forums/images/emoticons/emoticonsxtra/cooldj.gif or do the reverse... and add TWO cups of oil !!!!
 

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Be careful with the valve cover bolts. They are very thin at the threaded end and can break.
 

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BenMC wrote:
Be careful with the valve cover bolts. They are very thin at the threaded end and can break.
I stripped the threads in one of my heads once. Had to get a helicoil insert to sort the problem. Previous owner must have overtightened the bolts.
 

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weewillywing wrote:
Had to get a helicoil insert.
Hey weewillywing :stumped: Is that the same as a helicopter. :stumped:

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Redwing wrote:
weewillywing wrote:
Had to get a helicoil insert.
Hey weewillywing :stumped: Is that the same as a helicopter. :stumped:

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I once "JB Welded" a "Sleeve" or "Insert" into a stripped plug hole on a car (Aluminum)and it's still holding years later! :clapper:That's after many mechanics told me it wouldn't work?!:baffled:
 
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