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Heim joint stuck bolt - June 26, 2014, 01:19 PM

08 R6 - Mucking around with my shift rod, I am trying to loosen the bolt on the top heim joint (I think that's what it's called) - the bolt that's covered by a rubber dust cover. That bolt is locked on there and I'm almost to the point of stripping the head with a t-handle. Does this thing come with red loctite on it from the factory? Or am I probably looking at years of rust buildup? Seeing as how I don't have an impact driver, any recommendations for getting this undone? Tools availabe - t-handle hex, lighter, oils of various sorts, oven, pliers, hammers, and other assorted hand tools.
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June 26, 2014, 01:24 PM

Just want to make sure you're talking about the bolt and not the nut that tightens against the shift rod. One of those is usually left hand thread.


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June 26, 2014, 01:28 PM

Yep, it's the bolt that connects the heim joint to the shift arm (if I'm getting my terminology right).

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it would be the bolt that is under the rubber dust cover

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June 26, 2014, 03:38 PM

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Yep, it's the bolt that connects the heim joint to the shift arm (if I'm getting my terminology right). On this picture: it would be the bolt that is under the rubber dust cover
Like Rdad said.
Left hand thread.


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This one (circled) is the one I'm talking about. That one is left hand threaded???
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June 26, 2014, 06:57 PM

Hey Thomas, I remember I had a hell of a time getting that bolt off on my R6. If I remember correctly, I don't think it was a left handed thread.

Is your shift rod off the bike already? If so, I would put it back on the bike and then try to loosen that bolt up. I think I put a breaker bar over the end of the t handle and broke it loose like that.
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June 26, 2014, 09:07 PM

That bolt you circled shouldn't necessarily be a LH thread. I would be very surprised if it was.

On part #22 in your diagram, shaft w/ 6mm thread at each end. One end will def have a LH thread. You should be able to visually see which helix is a LH, and which is the RH thread. Might even be marked with an L on the nut or the heim joint.
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June 26, 2014, 09:22 PM

Yep, got the shift rod all figured out and separated. I just need to get bolt #27 out. Will try cranking on it with it with the shift arm attached to the bike. If I strip it, then drilling it out is probably my best bet?
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June 26, 2014, 09:52 PM

Ah, I see. Yeah, I don't think that's a reverse thread. At the same time, try going the other way. If it still doesn't budge, odds are you just need to eat some wheaties.


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June 26, 2014, 10:00 PM

Before using brute force apply some heat from a propane torch to the part body that contains the female thread (holding the stuck screw).

Then some penetrating oil while things are warm. OEM screws are generally made from lesser quality steels. Don't be ham fisted and get in a hurry. It will only spiral downhill if you do. Sometimes a couple iterations of heat oil, cool, heat, oil cool...
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