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Atoms
Posted on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 08:04 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Greetings Sisters and (mostly) Brothers,
Long time no see. I let my most awesome 07 Uly sit for a couple of years (long boring story) and I'm getting her back up into running order. I've drained the fuel tank, and per the factory manual, the plug is a one time use part. It looks fine to me, but I'm willing to put in a new one if I can find a new one.
Does anyone know if any of the Chicago Harley dealers are still supporting and willing to order parts for the Buells? Forgive me if this has been answered a million times. I did search!
If not, any suggestions on where to source the part? Or a better place to ask? (I realize the plug is not specific to the Uly but this board seems more active...)
thanks!
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Etennuly
Posted on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 10:02 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Oh no! I re used mine about five years ago!

Crap! I feel like I need to turn myself in to the "didn't follow the rules police"!

Dammit man! Unless it is messed up put a little thread sealer on it and torque to specs!

Just IMHO of course!
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Tootal
Posted on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 10:16 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Usually when they want you to use a new one it's because the original had some loctite or thread sealer on it so do what Etennuly said and reuse it but put some thread sealer on it.
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Electraglider_1997
Posted on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 09:17 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I imagine that there were a whole lot of "supposed" one use parts that many ULY riders will wish they had not thrown away as parts become harder to acquire. I almost always reused everything that wasn't noticeably bad.
When it comes to screws and bolts the only time I replaced is when they went flying and couldn't be found.
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Etennuly
Posted on Sunday, June 18, 2017 - 08:31 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

From a mfgr warranty position they won't pay a tech to clean and reseal threads when it is cheaper and better for the company to sell a new part
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Ratbuell
Posted on Monday, June 19, 2017 - 05:31 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

There are parts that are "torque to yield", in other words, they stretch as you torque them.

Somehow I doubt a drain plug is such a part...
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Atoms
Posted on Monday, June 19, 2017 - 09:26 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Yeah it has some pretty big threads and they seem fine. I reckon "torque to yield" stretching may not be visible to the naked eye, but it looks fine to me. I'll just clean it up and torque it to the spec specified in the manual.
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Arry
Posted on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 12:25 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Be careful of torque spec's, from the manual. Several of their recommended torques are high. Lots of people have stripped threads, using spec's from the manual.
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Ourdee
Posted on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 01:46 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Arry is right. That's why I bought Lil Red with and odd oil drain plug in it.
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Atoms
Posted on Monday, August 14, 2017 - 09:02 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Follow-up: I ended up reusing the original plug with a tiny bit of blue thread locker on it.
After two years of sitting - drained the fuel, dumped in a bottle of Sea Foam and 1.6 gallons of 92 octane. She started immediately and has been running brilliantly ever since. Just had a glorious 950 mile weekend of curves and hills in Wisconsin and Minnesota.
Thanks again for the advice.
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