^^^ Can't tell you how many times this was the case when I was a programmer.
The more curved the tubing is the harder it would be, no doubt (ever). Most fuel line comes curved from the auto parts store because of how it's stored on rolls. Soaking a length in very hot water with an alan wrench inserted into the tube (to keep straight) a few mins helps turn the tubing into a tool. One thing for sure is you cannot strip a plug that way and that's the main thing.But when your hose is curved and you push it on crooked you lessen your chances.
Spark plug socket and an extension is my choice.
Many say not to use it for any number of reasons, but I always do. Have yet to regret it. Years ago, I had a Suzuki GS780. Went to change the plugs and totally destroyed the threads getting a plug out. That involved pulling the head for a proper machining operation. What a job! I believe anti-seize would have avoided the issue.Another thing to consider in the future is use anti-seize thread compound. 1 can will easily outlast your bike.
Wow. Hate to hear it. And really surprised too. Figured you’d get it all straightened out fairly easily once the right tools were acquired.
Are you active on any Yammie boards? Is this kind of mishap a comparatively rare unicorn event with their bikes, same as it would be for VTXs?
I've already concluded as you have, so I ordered two more back-tap tools. It's possible I got a bad 'lot' so I'll have a few more tools to try it a few more times. If one of these brakes and the pieces fall inside it'll be hell trying to get them out and may force the engine to be taken apart at the shop, verses having them tap the traditional method.Hop, there are several if not many on here that have had success with the back-tap tool. Its possible you just had one of those unfortunate 'aw shit' moments. I'm not sure that I wouldn't give it another try with a new back-tap. Would certainly be far cheaper than taking it to a shop. Can't mess it up any more than it already is if they have to pull the head.🤷♂️
As you found out, they are very hard and brittle. A bad one is a distinct possibility. Should be magnetic if anything does drop inside.I've already concluded as you have, so I ordered two more back-tap tools. It's possible I got a bad 'lot' so I'll have a few more tools to try it a few more times. If one of these brakes and the pieces fall inside it'll be hell trying to get them out and may force the engine to be taken apart at the shop, verses having them tap the traditional method.
As you found out, they are very hard and brittle. A bad one is a distinct possibility. Should be magnetic if anything does drop inside.
Also, don't be afraid to put some lube on it. I like grease, sticky grease, because it will catch small bits that get cut away. The lube will help it cut as well. Likely you already did that, but just in case ... got my fingers crossed for you.
Lol ... Occupational hazard I suppose. We start to over think. Just use your sense of it, I'm confident you'll be fine.Thanks for the tip. I used plenty of red stick grease bought just for this job. I have a magnetic tool that will fit inside the plug hole, (telescoping, retractable penlight type) that is made for retrieving items dropped, say in an engine case. I will wrap some strong tape (I have aluminum tape) around the shaft of the tool so if part of it breaks the tape will possible hold it all together, even if broken. UGH!!! I'm developing a phobia now of screwing in spark plugs!
I'm amazed at how few people know the back tap tool even exists. When the issue first occurred, I did a lot of YouTube searching for how to fix a stripped plug thread and most of them involved traditional tapping and helicoil inserts. Thankfully, I happened on the YouTube video about using the back tap. I hope this thread helps someone else going forward.Great news. Glad to hear it…, this was the success I was expecting to read about the first time, but patience and perseverance still won out in the end. Thanks for sharing your experience too, because the same thing is going to bite someone else eventually.