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Old 04-08-2003, 10:20 PM
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Lightbulb good stripped oil pan solution found

this may not be new news, but thought it might help someone...

this was on a sportbike, but should apply universally.

PO of bike stripped oil pan drain plug threads and had installed a helicoil (or similar) insert that finally failed.

removed pan (alum) and took to a bike friendly machine shop. they proposed several solutions, but the one they recommended was the least complicated (and cheapest).

they drilled just enough to completely remove the thread, and then tapped the hole with NPT threads to accomodate a standard "plug". as you know, NPT is tapered, so the plug installs to a very tight seal. i used about 2 turns of teflon tape at the bottom portion on the plug for further piece of mind. this type of NPT plug is available at any corner hardware store as well.

of course this plug does not have a magnet, but the guys at the shop said they would make one if i couldnt live without it.

shop cost was $40 including the plug.
cost of a new pan would have been approx $150

i did NOT want another "insert" of any type installed in the pan, and thought this was a very good and cost effective solution.

i hope it may help someone else later. - benton
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Old 04-08-2003, 11:00 PM
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I would be very carful using teflon tape a tiny flake of it in your oil system can plug and oil passage on the crank.........
William Rogers......
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Old 04-08-2003, 11:14 PM
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thanks for the comment.

i used tape on ONLY the bottom on the plug, so that none protrudes into the actual pan. i also will be sure to "clean" the threads on the pan after removing plug during subsequent oil changes.

as i installed the plug with the pan still off, i could get a very good visual of the plug after tightening to see the finished condition. it gave me a good "reference" point to use again later.
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