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June 1st, 2020, 11:44 PM   #1
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Hi Just after some advice
I am from Coffs Harbour Australia and around 190cm(6Ft2in) and 90-95KG, where we have all types of riding, tight, open, rocky, crazy hills and wet clay(I do a bit of 4WD and MTB as well).
I have the chance of getting a 2012 FE390 Berg, and I have few questions.
I am not a beginner but more of novice (I have owned a couple of DRZ400's and my last bike was 250 Sherco which I sold round 18months) is the 390 too much bike, i do have a bit of self control . The bloke has stated that he has stripped the drain plugs on the sump is this a major problem? Or can if be fixed relatively easy with some locktite etc. Apart from that look forward any response

Cheers Jeff

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June 3rd, 2020, 11:25 AM   #2
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There are various ways to repair this like tapping it to the next sized larger bolt or using a thread insert.

Machine shops will usually do this kind of work. Sometimes you can find a shop that specializes in screw extraction and restoring threads. I would not want to attempt this myself in such a delicate area. Find someone with plenty of experience.
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June 3rd, 2020, 11:15 PM   #3
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It probably needs what is called a helicoil and this can be done by an expert outside the bike (luckily). however most helicoils are M6, M8 and at the most M10. I guess time has moved on since I last checked and maybe they do far larger thread sizes.

whatever you do, this truly is a shot for a veteran mechanic as you get one shot at it if any shot at all (because) the last owner screwed up.

If you have had a DRZ400 this bike will be lighter (just) and more powerful but it has three adjustable power steps. just twist a knob and you get more or less.

as the button on my 570 said; mild, (standard) or wild.


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June 4th, 2020, 12:57 AM   #4
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I have the same problem, my plan is to get a M13 sump plug and re-tap the hole, M14 is to big in my opinion.
The smallest insert I could find so far with a M12 id has an od of M16.
I haven't looked at helicoils yet as i'm not a fan, maybe i should.
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June 4th, 2020, 01:01 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by charlvdw View Post
I have the same problem, my plan is to get a M13 sump plug and re-tap the hole, M14 is to big in my opinion.
The smallest insert I could find so far with a M12 id has an od of M16.
I haven't looked at helicoils yet as i'm not a fan, maybe i should.
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June 4th, 2020, 05:15 AM   #6
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Check out a "Time Sert". They come in a lot of sizes. I've used them in head studs that go into a water jacket and there can't be any coolant seeping through.

++ TIME-SERT Metric Kits ++ thread repair kits and inserts repair stripped threads damaged threads repaired threads threaded inserts for metal thread inserts for metal aluminum inserts threaded inserts for aluminum

Good luck
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June 4th, 2020, 05:26 PM   #7
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Loctite makes Form-A-Thread Stripped Thread Repair it’s good to Metric mm Grade 8.8 for the oil drain should work fine. this is The part #28654 about $20.00 US

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