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Dan_Lorenze

Stripped seat bolts....................

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I was wordering if anyone besides me has stripped out the the threads on their subframes. I was thinking about re-drilling and taping it out to the next size up or getting a heli-coil and intalling it, any suggestions??? Thanks Dan

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Sounds like your only 2 options to me Dan.

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Darin from Missouri - 1999 WR 400F

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Not the best option but an option none-the-less - how about getting longer slightly narrower bolts installing them through the threaded hole and use lockwashers/washers and nuts on the inboard ends. I can't remember if the current threaded hole goes all the way through to the fenderwell area or not though???

Paul in AZ

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Never had this problem. Do you have a habit of tightening these fasteners as tight as you can? With T-handle wrenches, it's easy over torque these rather small fasteners. If you use blue Loctite , you only need snug them down and the Loctite will still hold pretty well even after you have removed and reinstalled these fasteners a couple of times. Just Loctite them again about every two or three removals. Works for me. :)

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Dan,

I had the same problem.

1) I don't know if you used Loctite. But, do NOT use Loctite on frequently removed fasteners. This caused my threads to strip out.

2) I cut of the nuts welded to the subframe and welded on new nuts. I used an oxy/acetylene welder. If you don't have one a professional could probably do it for you.

3) Get slightly longer bolts from a hardware store. On my WR the stock bolts did not quite engage all of the threads on the nut.

4) Always torque to spec.

Eric in WA

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Thanks for all the replies. I do use T-handles and I thought I was being careful but I guess I need to back off.. Thanks again, Dan

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I would go with the heli-coil option. I stripped out the threads on my thumper bar mounts so I ttok them to a machinest buddy of mine and he heli-coiled them for me and now they are way stronger than the aluminum threads that were cut.

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Darin from Missouri - 1999 WR 400F

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