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Old 06-28-2015, 01:13 PM   #1
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Broke down in Amerillo Tx needing help ...

My buddy and I left left Tennessee doing a loop to the west coast, up US1 to Washington then back across the top of the US and home. My buddy is riding a 2003 Harley Road Glide and has broken an exhaust bolt off hit front cylinder. Not leaking but afraid to ride further without fixing. We have a friend in Durango, where we were in route to but are stuck now. Either need to find a way to haul the bike to durango for the fix or maybe a good person locally without getting bent over the barrel by the HD dealer! Ideas?? Help with getting rolling again would be appreciated! My cell is 865-803-8two69.
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Old 06-28-2015, 04:59 PM   #2
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Unless you plan on riding through some water crossings, a missing exhaust bolt might get noisy but surely won't cause any harm to man or machine?

I'm not a Harley guy but I found the fiche online, it appears to be a 5/16-24 which should be available in any decent hardware store.

http://www.granitestateharleystore.c...7c%7e1OF2%5cFS
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Old 06-28-2015, 05:30 PM   #3
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Thanks but leaking exhaust and worried about burning valves or at worst Pistons ... Think we will wait for a fix.
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Old 06-28-2015, 08:54 PM   #4
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You aren't gonna burn a valve or a piston from one missing bolt. Post a pic. Did the whole lug get broken off? Or did one nut just shake off? Is there a gap between the exhaust flange and the head?
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Old 06-28-2015, 10:13 PM   #5
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I wouldn't ride it if leaking badly. If you can't hear it though, it isn't that bad.

A quick patch would be to pull it off and use copper coat / copper rtv sealant to get by if there isn't much flex or strain there. I've done this for auto customers who didn't want to repair a broken off piece of cylinder head from a collision Lasted two years

If you were in Dallas, I would extract the remaining part of damaged bolt and get you set, but that's a long way away. Seriously though, if you aren't leaking exhaust, you're not pulling in enough oxygen to have additional burn on valve. Copper rtv and some beer can gaskets should keep it running for years to come.
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Old 06-29-2015, 06:23 AM   #6
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I'm living near Amarillo, but I'm working in Dallas right now. There are a lot of places in Amarillo that carry stuff like that. The Harley shop there seems to be pretty good. There are several independent HD mechanics there also.
James, at Southern Cycle in Amarillo is probably the best HD mechanic I've ever known.
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