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Thread: Stripped primary adjustment - What now?

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    So yes, I stripped my primary chain adjustment screw/hole. I was just doing a fluids change and decided to do my first primary adjustment and, well, I effed it up. I'm not sure exactly what to do next, whether it's heli-coil, time-sert or drill and tap. Don't know if I need to remove the entire primary cover (no garage, limited mech experience - obviously) and bring it to a machinist. Or (gasp) bring it in to HD.





    Any advice is welcome. If you are in the PDX area and can help it would be rewarded with many beers!

    Thanks!

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    Looks like you need to purchase a new primary cover, That adjuster threads into the cover.

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    I have no experience with Helicoils or Timeserts (I've been lucky enough never to strip a hole, knock on wood), but if it were me, I'd avoid HD. Perhaps you can find a cost-effective used primary cover(?). I'd consider welding up the hole then re-drilling & tapping...

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    Thanks for the replies, though I was hoping for something less money and labor intensive. :)

    I've found a few threads where people have installed a time-sert and it seems to have been successful. Others have taken the primary to a machinist and had them install a helicoil. I'm nervous about doing a primary cover replacement myself considering my mechanical ineptitude, and the same thing applies to a timesert or helicoil. Very disappointed in myself right now as the damn primary chain was probably fine, if a smidgen loose, and I thought "it'll be good experience"...

    Anyway, more opinions on ease of timesert install and/or primary cover removal/install are appreciated. Thanks again!!!

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    If you decide to go with replacing the primary cover its actually very easy. and you'd need to remove it to put a helicoil anyway to avoid getting shavings in the primary fluid.

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    I have a heli coil in mine bec of that. Works great. Yes you need to remove the cover because you need to take the tensioner out of the hole.

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    Also the jam nut is on upside down.

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    Also the jam nut is on upside down.
    Jam nut is correct.

    To the op. I would look into a replacement cover. Either way you need to remove the cover. It's not really "hard". But you openly admit your wrenching skills are a bit lacking. An insert of any kind will tax your skills further. If you have a manual and more importantly some patience, you will be able to handle it.


    Good luck with it.

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    Post up a general idea of where your located, I bet theres someone close that would be willing to lend a hand.

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    ^^^^



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