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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-20-2014, 10:54 AM Thread Starter
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When I installed my Big Shots, I somehow got the acorn nuts cross-threaded. Didn't feel that way when they were going on, but it was. Had leaks at both flanges, the bike is in the shop now to replace studs, bolts, and gaskets. Dropped it off there because oil was leaking from somewhere, I couldn't figure it out. Turns out when I replaced the crappy black dipstick with a shiny new chrome one (I changed my oil on Sunday), I forgot the o-ring for the new dipstick. DOH!

Live and learn I guess. I'm going to have the shop jet the carb while they have it in there, so I can get back on the road sooner and with more confidence. Should be purring like a kitten when I get her back. The weather is getting nicer here in North Texas, I'd rather be riding than wrenching.

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Don't be too hard on yourself, we ALL make mistakes. Those that have not made mistakes are either not doing anything or they lie. Some times we do little things (like your o-ring) no big deal. Some of us do things that can get us in big trouble, like I forgot to torque my rear axle nut, but found it on a latter inspection. Stuff happens.

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More than likely you did NOT cross thread the nuts. The nuts bottomed out on the stud before they could tighten the flange down enough. This is why you had the backfiring from the leaking headers. This is why we say to either add washers to the studs before you put on those acorn nuts. Or ditch the acorn nuts and go with regular nuts

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I have been "fixing" things since I was kid tearing up my sisters toys. I learned with experience how to do things by learning how NOT to do them the first time.

Don't get down on yourself. You learned how not to do it so that snake won't bite you again.

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Little late now but the studs are available at ACE Hardware.

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I am no expert, but I can do basic plumbing now. I had my first lesson from a professional plumber many years ago. I can also do a decent job patching drywall. Just think, if I hadn't put a wood screw through that water pipe all those years ago, I may not have those skills today!!

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I am no expert, but I can do basic plumbing now. I had my first lesson from a professional plumber many years ago. I can also do a decent job patching drywall. Just think, if I hadn't put a wood screw through that water pipe all those years ago, I may not have those skills today!!
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Not the biggest deal when it comes to threads of any exhaust fastener.

Just simply removing them - about 99.9% - if they were not pre-coated with anti-sieze -
threads were damaged coming off.

Could be worse - galled / seized threads stripped out of heads just removing studs.
Still a simple repair - and better results when stainless Heli-Coils used.

Even the shuttle was taken down by just an O-ring - so a minor oil leak was just confirming it was missing.
But who'd a thought one had to even think about an o-ring with a spanky new dip stick.

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Yeah, I'm not beating myself up too much. Live and learn on stuff like this. I will do more research in the future before I just dive in, but I do want to do most of this stuff myself.

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More than likely you did NOT cross thread the nuts. The nuts bottomed out on the stud before they could tighten the flange down enough. This is why you had the backfiring from the leaking headers. This is why we say to either add washers to the studs before you put on those acorn nuts. Or ditch the acorn nuts and go with regular nuts

Ace Hardware (old school Ace) sells "thin" chrome nuts and washers for about a buck apiece. 8mmx1.25. Then after you torque them down and run it a few miles to get it hot and re-torque. Be sure there is no exhaust leaks! After all that you can then put the acorn nut on top to keep it looking purdy!
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