$20 for lower shock bolt... thats just stupid

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by JohnnieBoy, Feb 17, 2012.

  1. JohnnieBoy

    JohnnieBoy Been here awhile

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    So I have an Ohlins shock on the way :clap 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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  2. johnparjr

    johnparjr Been here awhile

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    Just use the old one you will be fine.
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  3. LukasM

    LukasM Long timer

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    Yeah, clean off the old Loctite properly first and then apply fresh before re-installing.
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  4. Motorfiets

    Motorfiets Long timer

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    worked for me.... never had any problems
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  5. Indy Unlimited

    Indy Unlimited Long timer

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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!:eek1
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  6. johngil

    johngil Reseda, CA

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    I bought a 10 pack.:wink:
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  7. JohnnieBoy

    JohnnieBoy Been here awhile

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    Sounds like you need it! :ricky

    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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  8. nimrod

    nimrod Pog Mo Thoin

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  9. mrnoitall

    mrnoitall Banned

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    In fairness to BMW (:huh) 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.:D
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  10. shelion

    shelion Goddess of Fire

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    I think johngil may disagree with you on that one. :wink:

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=486251
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  11. johngil

    johngil Reseda, CA

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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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  12. mrnoitall

    mrnoitall Banned

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  13. Reaver

    Reaver Outta Here

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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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