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Old 03-14-2012, 05:48 PM
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Broken shock bolt

Ok this might be a stupid question but I have to ask
I took out my bike for the first time this year ,started right up! Went and got some gas ,and when I did my shock bolt snapped (front)
So my question to everyone out there is dose anyone know of an easy way to get that broken stud out of the frame ?theres not a whole lot of room down there I know that I'm gonna need an easy out I just don't know how to drill out that stud !
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This is a 99 style softail
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Old 03-14-2012, 06:17 PM
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Had the same thing happen (bought cheap ebay bolt kit). The real HD harden softail replacement bolts only cost about $12. It was an absolute PITA getting the broken bolt out. Ended up welding a long 1/4" "all thread" nut onto the stub, heating the mount and backing it out with a 1/4" box wrench.

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A picture would help, but you might be better off to weld a nut to it and remove it rather than going the easy out route. If you are going to have to drill it your going to need a 90* drill and I recommend the spiral flute extractors. Make sure you use a good set though, Mac, Snap On, Matco otherwise the crappy hardware store or auto parts store set will break off and leave you further fucked. Also you can consider taking the bike to a shop and having them remove it. I usually charge somewhere between $25-$75 to remove them unless the owner has screwed things up really bad.
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Old 03-15-2012, 02:38 AM
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Wish you were local I would send it to you ! I'll try to get a pic up there's no room to weld it broke off where the first full thread so it's kind of countersunk in
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One way to do it is to place a 3/8" nut up against the 1/2" broken bolt stub and weld through the inside of the nut.
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this happened to me also and i couldnt get enough penetration through the hole of the nut to stick good enough to get it to back out. so i took a flat washer welded it through the hole to the broke off stud then i welded a nut to the washer and it worked like a charm it did take a little time a lot of frustration but it worked.
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Old 03-15-2012, 05:17 AM
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"If" you have room to get one of these in there, they work really well. Sears sells them for about $50...

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I feel for you dude, I recently put a lowering kit on my shocks and there is NO room to work around those shock bolts. Keep us posted on how you get it out, and Good Luck!
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Old 03-16-2012, 01:18 AM
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Ya i will ill be trying to get it out this weekend ill let ya know how i make out , gonna try doin it with an easy out
the weldin sounds good but a 1/4 nut dosent have alot of room for error plus i dont have a welder and if i cant get it out i guess i could still try the welding i would just have to hire somone to do it and thats one thing i dont like is somone else doin work on my ride
ill keep ya posted to let ya know how i make out !

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Old 03-16-2012, 04:30 AM
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if drilling use backwards drill bits hopefully there isnt loctite on the bolts and then it may just back out with the pressure of the bit turning backwards. and if u have a little butane torch heat the bolt of too.
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Old 03-17-2012, 05:11 PM
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ok i got it out !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! what a pain in the ass 5 hours to get one stinkin broken bolt out !drilled it with a carbide center drill and a 45degree angled drill with an easy out
i dont have the welder and im far from being good enough to weld inside a 1/4inch nut hole although its an awsome idea i would have never thought of that
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NICE END RESULT !!! A while back on CC i saw a picture of a broken shock bolt on a softail & i almost shit myself !!! Im gonna change out the chrome shock bolts on my S.M.W. kit bike * Thanks 4 the info !!!
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