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Old 04-28-2013, 11:35 AM   #16
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Better yet, pull the swingarm/shock and bring it to them. They'll be able to fixture it properly and it will cost less than if they had to dismantle the assembly themselves.
That's probably the best idea here.
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Old 04-28-2013, 11:36 AM   #17
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Transporting the bike is not an option.


I'll see if I can take off the swingarm.
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Old 04-28-2013, 12:04 PM   #18
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As a pro, I'd prefer that you didn't mangle anymore...leave the shock alone and take the pro your swingarm with the shock stuck right where it is.

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That's probably the best idea here.


I agree.
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Old 04-28-2013, 12:32 PM   #19
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What larryboy said.

However, your statement: " The bolt just kept spinning but wouldn't come out. I put a little sideways English on it and the bolt came out. Minus the threads. " is very thought provoking.

Do you think the bolt may have been broken before your application of "sideways English" ? Once the broken bits have been removed, check the swing arm for an elongated hole where the shock bolt resides.

Best of luck.

BTW, Locktite gives up its grip at about 250 - 300 degrees F.
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Old 04-28-2013, 12:55 PM   #20
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Been there, done that.

Had this exact same scenario on my '01 1150 GS three or four years ago. My solution was to cut the the shock bushing on the right side. I was fortunate enough to have a few mm of the bolt protruding from the swing arm once the shock was out.
From that point the bolt came out easily. I run Bitubo shocks and had to re-create the right side bushing by using the left side bushing as a pattern.

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Old 04-28-2013, 01:00 PM   #21
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Transporting the bike is not an option.


I'll see if I can take off the swingarm.
Do you feel comfortable doing that? If not, this thread could get really ugly.
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Old 04-28-2013, 01:03 PM   #22
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Had this exact same scenario on my '01 1150 GS three or four years ago. My solution was to cut the the shock bushing on the right side. I was fortunate enough to have a few mm of the bolt protruding from the swing arm once the shock was out.
From that point the bolt came out easily. I run Bitubo shocks and had to re-create the right side bushing by using the left side bushing as a pattern.

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Old 04-28-2013, 01:28 PM   #23
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What larryboy said.

However, your statement: " The bolt just kept spinning but wouldn't come out. I put a little sideways English on it and the bolt came out. Minus the threads. " is very thought provoking.

Do you think the bolt may have been broken before your application of "sideways English" ? Once the broken bits have been removed, check the swing arm for an elongated hole where the shock bolt resides.

Best of luck.

BTW, Locktite gives up its grip at about 250 - 300 degrees F.
I am positive the bolt was broken before I ever touched it. There was zero resistance when I started to loosen it, it just spun in place. By "sideway English" I meant that in order to get the borken bolt out, I sort of angled the Allen wrench and then was able to pull the broekn bolt out.

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Had this exact same scenario on my '01 1150 GS three or four years ago. My solution was to cut the the shock bushing on the right side. I was fortunate enough to have a few mm of the bolt protruding from the swing arm once the shock was out.
From that point the bolt came out easily. I run Bitubo shocks and had to re-create the right side bushing by using the left side bushing as a pattern.

Hope that helps
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It does help, thanks.

I looked at removing the swingarm. I've done it on 1100 and 1200GS's, but this just didn't look like fun.

Fortunately, a buddy of mine own a fabrication shop. He's going to come down Tuesday after work and get the thing out for me.













If I don't do like Handler did and cut it out first.
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Old 04-28-2013, 04:49 PM   #24
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GOT IT!!!!

Decided to go all Handler on it. Used a Dremel cutting wheel to get most of the way through and then finished with a miter saw. Success!!


Just like Handler, I had enough bolt sticking out to grab it with Vise-Grips. A little heat, a little twist and VOILA!!

Threads are good in the swing arm and the shocks are on their way to Ohlins USA.

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Old 04-28-2013, 07:12 PM   #25
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GOT IT!!!!


Woot, woot!!!


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Old 04-28-2013, 07:21 PM   #26
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Woot, woot!!!


Thanks!


ps: I know I'm an idiot for pushing ahead and doing this, I got lucky!
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Old 04-28-2013, 07:23 PM   #27
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Thanks!


ps: I know I'm an idiot for pushing ahead and doing this, I got lucky!

Hey, ya got the skills to get it fixed...better lucky than good any day of the week works for me.

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Old 04-28-2013, 08:05 PM   #28
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Well done Yeti, this could easily have gone wrong, i'd reckon you have earned yourself a cold beer or two.
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Old 04-28-2013, 08:34 PM   #29
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Congratulations! Glad you got it out!
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Old 04-28-2013, 09:20 PM   #30
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Yup way to persevere.
Can I ask what sort of bolt do you plan to put back in there? I will likely bust mine when I try to remove it as it is very reluctant to turn. More heat I suppose.
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