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Old 02-17-2012, 12:17 PM   #1
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$20 for lower shock bolt... thats just stupid

So I have an Ohlins shock on the way as well as one of Dan's Indy kits (thanks Dan!). Anyway, I called BMW of San Diego to most likely order an encapsulated lower rear shock bolt. Well , they actually have 3 in stock.... for $19.95 a piece! Really? $20 bucks for a frikken bolt? C'mon BMW! Shit like that just pisses me off.

So why not just put some blue Locktite (which I have in my garage) on it and call it good?
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Old 02-17-2012, 01:08 PM   #2
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Just use the old one you will be fine.
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Old 02-17-2012, 01:51 PM   #3
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Yeah, clean off the old Loctite properly first and then apply fresh before re-installing.
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Old 02-17-2012, 02:58 PM   #4
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Yeah, clean off the old Loctite properly first and then apply fresh before re-installing.
worked for me.... never had any problems
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Old 02-17-2012, 03:17 PM   #5
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Worked for me as well. 30,000 miles on a reused bottom shock bolt and no issues. It is a custom pitch bolt that is impossible to find from any fastener house!
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Old 02-17-2012, 06:19 PM   #6
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I bought a 10 pack.
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Old 02-17-2012, 06:59 PM   #7
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I bought a 10 pack.
Sounds like you need it!

Thanks guys. Although I didn't know it was tapered, I was still already planning on cleaning the bolt really well and re-using it with blueLT - Just on general principal. BMW can suck it on that one!
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Old 02-17-2012, 07:22 PM   #8
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Old 02-19-2012, 11:54 AM   #9
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In fairness to BMW () There are big differences between bolts. Things like Tensile Yield Strength, Tensile Ultimate Strength, Proof Load Stress,Hardness, Carbon density, Quenched and Temperament effects the price to a great degree. BMW likely uses very high quality bolts.

$20 may be pushing it but the BMW bolt is not a class 5 bolt at home depot.
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Old 02-19-2012, 02:27 PM   #10
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In fairness to BMW () There are big differences between bolts. Things like Tensile Yield Strength, Tensile Ultimate Strength, Proof Load Stress,Hardness, Carbon density, Quenched and Temperament effects the price to a great degree. BMW likely uses very high quality bolts.

$20 may be pushing it but the BMW bolt is not a class 5 bolt at home depot.
I think johngil may disagree with you on that one.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=486251
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Old 02-19-2012, 03:32 PM   #11
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No more bending anything since Indy came along.

I'll also add a question.

What is the correct torque spec. with the factory applied thread locker? It takes quite a bit of effort just to turn the bolt with that shit on there.
I have had problems with the bottom bolt coming loose. With good old blue Loctite it's easy to tell. With the factory stuff, there is almost no way to tell if the fastener is loose or not.

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Old 02-19-2012, 04:18 PM   #12
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I think johngil may disagree with you on that one.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=486251
Wow, obviously that bike has seen major trauma. The frame is bent. No bolt will survive everything.
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Old 03-05-2012, 07:57 PM   #13
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The Torque spec for the Upper or lower shock bolt is 100 Nm. (74 Ft lbs.)

Fitted-head screw, M12 x 1.5-10.9.
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