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Old 12-27-2012, 06:47 PM   #1
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Minor engine cover damage

So I took off the starter clutch cover on my 1981 KZ440B, it being my first time, I was overly cautious until I got too confident. What I damaged was an opening for a case bolt. Just the crest of the circle snapped off and the bolt can still do in but I've got a little chunk missing. I'm working out of a cold shed so the metal wasn't too forgiving, nor was my ignorance. What kind of epoxy can I use to fix this?

I've heard Loctite Quick Metal would work... thoughts? -Yes 'be more careful next time!'

I just got a jack for the holiday so it will go up on that so I can work on it easier.
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Old 12-27-2012, 07:19 PM   #2
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Post a pic
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Old 12-27-2012, 07:23 PM   #3
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If the bolt goes in you may not need to fix it at all. The epoxies will set up VERY slowly in an unheated shed. As stated, a picture will help a lot.

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Old 01-01-2013, 01:28 PM   #4
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Here's a pic:

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Old 01-01-2013, 01:36 PM   #5
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Most would just let this ride. Mechanically, there is still plenty of material to bear the torque of the bolt and this is not a mission-critical spot anyway.

If the cosmetics bother you, I'd try some steel epoxy. You could get it welded and then ground/filed to match, but that would probably be overkill on a bike like this and the repair would require some serious refinishing work not to be noticeable.

Another option would be to find a spare at a breaker's yard.

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Old 01-02-2013, 06:49 PM   #6
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Thanks for all of the help, I'll try the epoxy while searching for a new one. I'm just concerned for the aesthetics, it bugs me!
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Old 01-03-2013, 02:25 PM   #7
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Shit. I'd put some bubble gum in that and get back to riding!

Of course a little bit of JB weld would last longer and would actually match the color better!
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Old 01-03-2013, 02:51 PM   #8
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JB weld and once cured drill it out from the backside and file flush with the mating surface the bolt resides on. Do it indoors so it will cure better and I bet even you won't notice it if you take your time. Good luck
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Old 01-03-2013, 03:28 PM   #9
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Haha on the bubble gum! Yea, I realized after I took the pic that "hey I can put this in the kitchen" so inside it goes where it's nice and toasty. I'll submit my progress when it's done/messed up ;).
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Old 01-04-2013, 07:16 AM   #10
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Even if you repair it, every time you get on the bike you'll critique it.
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Old 01-04-2013, 07:37 AM   #11
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Run it and hunt for a used one. That shouldnt be a problem as far as leaks or torque on the bolt. But if it bothers you, buy a spare gasket and start searching eBay and salvage yards for another one. When you find it, use your spare gasket and swap it out.
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Old 01-07-2013, 04:31 PM   #12
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Fixed w/ JB Weld:


The second pic's shadow makes the hole look uneven, the bolt goes in just fine and the head will cover the majority of the discoloration Thanks all!
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Old 01-08-2013, 01:35 AM   #13
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You're going to desecrate your KZ440B by putting that hacked up piece of crapola on it? Have you no shame?

Seriously, nice work.

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Old 01-08-2013, 07:12 AM   #14
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Very well done.
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Old 01-08-2013, 05:41 PM   #15
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I see a KLR in your future

Good job on the repair.
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