AltRider bash plate installation

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by Jacque, Jan 29, 2020.

  1. Jacque

    Jacque Adventurer

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    Trying to install an Altrider skid plate and I’m having a heck of a time aligning the front through bolt so that it engages the threads. I’m at the point of pulling the pipes. Anyone have any ideas or similar problems? And if so how did you get through it?
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  2. SnoDrtRider

    SnoDrtRider I've been lost here before...

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    IIRC The bracket that the bolt goes through is bolted to the plate? If so loosen the bolts that hold the bracket to the plate so it can float. Do not tighten any bolts until all the bolts are started.
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  3. Jacque

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    All the flange nuts are only installed to the second thread (everything is loose) and the through bolt inserts 90% but will not start thread engagement on the blind nut.
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  4. dpike

    dpike BeeKeeper Supporter

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    put a floor jack under the plate and put a little pressure on it, the damping bushings on the bottom probably just need to be compressed a bit if they're new.
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  5. Jacque

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    Thanks dpike, I have, i just cant find the sweet spot.
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  6. dpike

    dpike BeeKeeper Supporter

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    Maybe give those tabs on the skid a few taps with a hammer in the direction you need them to go.
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  7. Jacque

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    Thanks for all the help. It is finally installed.
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