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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 06-05-2010, 06:48 PM Thread Starter
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Wash your bike too much?

Okay, I admit it, I love my bike and I look after it. A 2001 classic with over 40K on the clock and people still think it's a new bike when they see it for the first time.

I had a service done recently where the mechanic said that all the bolt threads he was trying to remove were "too dry" because of the regular washing the detergents and waxes dry things out. He said I should add some kerosene to the washing water to lubricate the the bolts???

Now I know this used to be done regularly for older style washes but I use good quality Maiguires brand and have read many threads about kero actually stripping off modern waxes and the like so it seems not to be a smart thing to do.

So are "dry bolts" a problem to worry about...am I loving my bike to an early grave??
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To tell the truth I have never heard of this before.
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What??

Nor have I, I know I am backwoods, BUT I sure as hell never heard of that. Can you explain the thinking and logic on that? Maybe Ol Sugar Bear has missed an important point all these years

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Nor have I, I know I am backwoods, BUT I sure as hell never heard of that. Can you explain the thinking and logic on that? Maybe Ol Sugar Bear has missed an important point all these years
I have no idea, was hoping to either get some understanding here or just discard what he was telling me. I don;t understand it, dry joints etc I can understand - that's why regular maintenance is important - but dry bolts? it's not like you are taking them in and out is it....
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Dry bolts?

Matt,

Well I have to admitt I don't know either. But, Have not heard of this. I think Kerosene would remove any wax you have on the bike. I wonder if most of the bolts are not stainless anyway? Other than the wax I guess it can't hurt, does kerosene have enough oil in it to help? Years ago I used to spray my bike with WD 40 for winter storage. That would solve the problem.

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I will be completely honest with ya ll. I have a 2008 vstar 1100 silverado, which has never been washed. My bike looks like a showroom bike. Every time I take it out which is often, I go over the entire bike with Mcquires quick mist detailer. I also keep alot of wax and chrome polish on the bike. No matter how bad the bike gets after a ride, I spend about an hour going over the entire bike with the Mcquires. I use wheel cleaner on the rims, wax on the paint, and chrome polish on all the chrome. My bike has never seen a traditional wash.
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I don't think dry bolts is caused by washing to much. But rather not using anti-sieze on reassembly. I ride mine rain or shine (mostly rain lately). and I don't have a problem with dry bolts. I do know that Yamaha did not use anti-sieze when they built the bikes.
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I don't think dry bolts is caused by washing to much. But rather not using anti-sieze on reassembly. I ride mine rain or shine (mostly rain lately). and I don't have a problem with dry bolts. I do know that Yamaha did not use anti-sieze when they built the bikes.
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Thanks Doug, I had not heard of anti-sieze. Did a bit of googling and am now a little more educated. Looks like it is not really a major issue regardless of the way the mechanic made me believe. I will continue to loctite the bolts I remove replace and go from there.
Thanks again.
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Did the mechanic ask you if you had any sky hooks or board stretchers, did he tell you your blinker fluid was low or your muffler bearings were shot? I bet he told you your knuder valve was stuck and you needed some cross drilled brake lines too.

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Did the mechanic ask you if you had any sky hooks or board stretchers, did he tell you your blinker fluid was low or your muffler bearings were shot? I bet he told you your knuder valve was stuck and you needed some cross drilled brake lines too.
lol He is actually a very good and well respected mechanic. Always good results a very reasonable prices.
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