HEEEELP - Lower triple is stripped...

10 replies to this topic
  • skeener2

Posted December 16, 2004 - 06:15 PM


So I'm listening to youse guys. I get the GRP stabilizer....I'm trying to put it on. But evidently the folks that put teh steering head nut on last were descended from hercules. I couldn't even get it off with an impact driver. I had to use a bloody 4 foot bar to get it off.

Talk about stripped.

Bad thing is...I'm suppsed to ride on Wednesday. Taking the day off...as are a few friends.

It's a 98 yz400F. Suggestions anybody? Can it be threaded to hold? Or am I resigned to buying a complete lower triple clamp???

  • Fastest1

Posted December 16, 2004 - 06:51 PM


You can buy just the stem from Emig Racing and just press the old one out. Or buy a used stock one from someone here. Is the nut or stem stripped? I am guessing the stem. If the threads are gone, park the bike til it is fixed and save the agony/pain!

  • skeener2

Posted December 16, 2004 - 06:55 PM


Both are stripped badly. I know it's critical....especially since we ride it pretty heavy rocks.


  • slave

Posted December 16, 2004 - 07:31 PM


:cry: :cry: :cry:

  • skeener2

Posted December 16, 2004 - 08:14 PM


Yeah yeah yeah. I didn't strip them....sorry, pick on the next newbie. I've been roadracing for 8 years...and have removed and redone front ends before. This one was on a used bike I have had a while.

Figures. Guess somebody is telling me I should buy a new bike huh?

So is it a crf450 or wr450?

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  • Birdie426

Posted December 16, 2004 - 08:15 PM


If you can't find options locally, You might try this...fed ex overnight could get it to you in time...


  • skeener2

Posted December 16, 2004 - 08:29 PM


If you can't find options locally, You might try this...fed ex overnight could get it to you in time...


Exactly what I was hoping to get in response. THANKS!!! :cry:

  • mj2412

Posted December 16, 2004 - 09:34 PM


i had the same problem but i´m glad that my brother has a turning center and so he made the next smaller thread on the stem. I think it was a M22x1.5 and a new nut out of stainless steal. It works now great for over 1 year.

Maybe you know one with the such machines. You don´t need to press out the stem for this kind of machining.


  • adrian

Posted December 16, 2004 - 10:18 PM


How badly are the stem threads?? Are you sure the nut didnt leave its trailings on the stem?? Mabey try a thread file to clean it up and you need a new nut anyways,try to see if the new nut spins on cleanly.It's worth a try b4 you spend a hundred bucks!! :cry:

  • Birdie426

Posted December 16, 2004 - 11:49 PM


No prob...with my old RM465, eBay is usually my first stop to try to find parts!

  • skeener2

Posted December 17, 2004 - 05:42 AM


OK...so my options currently are:

1. Attempt to rethread/helicoil the stem and get a new nut.

2. Buy a triple on ebay. (Anybody know if the 426's triple tree is the same size, offset, rake&trail. And are the forks the same size???

3. Buy a new bike. (WR450, YZ450, CRF450)

Guess I'll try the re-threading thing today since I'm off anyway. Who would have the tap for that? I'm thinking Sears??? Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?

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