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#37662 - 09/10/08 06:09 PM Skid plate removal problem.
Krychek Offline
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Registered: 01/21/08
Posts: 12
Loc: Burnaby,BC,Canada
Hi Everyone,

I bought a used '03 Yamaha xt225. I need to do an oil change
but when I was trying to remove the skid plate to access the drain plug, the bolt just kept on turning but I couldn`t pull it out nor the skid plate. Did this ever happened to you guys
before? If so, please give me some advise. Thanks in advance

Jerry
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03Yamaha XT225. Bought (stock) used @1,900KM in BC.Canada.
Curr.Mileage:4,014KM

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#37663 - 09/10/08 07:45 PM Re: Skid plate removal problem. [Re: Krychek]
Richard K. Offline
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Registered: 12/28/07
Posts: 435
Loc: Central Florida, USA
Jerry,

Sounds like the bolt threads are stripped. Try putting a
large screw driver or prybar between the plate and frame
and forcibly lever the plate away from the frame as you turn the bolt. It should come out.

Congrats on getting the '03! I think they are the best looking
of all the XT's.

Richard


Edited by Richard K. (09/10/08 07:49 PM)
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#37666 - 09/10/08 11:25 PM Re: Skid plate removal problem. [Re: Richard K.]
silenthill Offline
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Registered: 04/06/06
Posts: 152
Loc: Nova Scotia,Canada
This happened to me the very first oil change,I used vise grips to clamp on the "head" of the bolt,and,using outward pressure I GENTLY TURNED THE BOLT OUT.The bolts threads were stripped right from the factory(or the stealership).I went to the local hardware store and replaced the bolt.No problems since.
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#37668 - 09/11/08 12:48 AM Re: Skid plate removal problem. [Re: silenthill]
Krychek Offline
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Registered: 01/21/08
Posts: 12
Loc: Burnaby,BC,Canada
Hi Richard and Silenthill,
I tried the prybar between the plate and frame but to no avail. I`ll try the vise grip tonight and let you know if it works. I hope it`s only the bolt that is stripped. Thanks for now for the info.

Jerry

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#37670 - 09/11/08 01:00 AM Re: Skid plate removal problem. [Re: Krychek]
Krychek Offline
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Registered: 01/21/08
Posts: 12
Loc: Burnaby,BC,Canada
Hi silenthill,
I just noticed you have a velcro clock. How did you set it up and what kind of clock is it?
Jerry
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03Yamaha XT225. Bought (stock) used @1,900KM in BC.Canada.
Curr.Mileage:4,014KM

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#37671 - 09/11/08 01:03 AM Re: Skid plate removal problem. [Re: Richard K.]
Krychek Offline
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Registered: 01/21/08
Posts: 12
Loc: Burnaby,BC,Canada
Hi Richard,
I`m also interested in how you set up your extended mirror?
Jerry
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03Yamaha XT225. Bought (stock) used @1,900KM in BC.Canada.
Curr.Mileage:4,014KM

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#37687 - 09/11/08 02:15 PM Re: Skid plate removal problem. [Re: Krychek]
silenthill Offline
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Registered: 04/06/06
Posts: 152
Loc: Nova Scotia,Canada
Hi kry,the velcro clock I bought at Walmart,it's no bigger than a quarter,it has a "hook and loop"sticky that comes with it,I stuck it on the upper most part of my left mirror,it is out of the way and lets me know what time it is at a glance.I hope the vise grips work,just clamp and keep a steady outward pressure as you turn.You just have to get the bolt past it's stripped threads so it can "bite"on the good ones.A word of caution,replace the bolt with an identical one,otherwise you run the risk of stripping the hole it goes into!.Regards-Silent
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#37691 - 09/11/08 04:29 PM Re: Skid plate removal problem. [Re: silenthill]
Krychek Offline
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Registered: 01/21/08
Posts: 12
Loc: Burnaby,BC,Canada
Hi Silenthill,

Yes the vise grip worked. The bolt is out,thread is stripped.
I guess the best place to buy the replacement bolt is from the
local stealership,oops. I mean the dealership.They should be able to sell me a very identical bolt.Thanks for all the advise.
Regarding the z1 exhaust, do you need to modify the jet or re-tune the bike after installing it?
Regards,- - - - Krychek
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03Yamaha XT225. Bought (stock) used @1,900KM in BC.Canada.
Curr.Mileage:4,014KM

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#37692 - 09/11/08 05:33 PM Re: Skid plate removal problem. [Re: Krychek]
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Registered: 01/16/04
Posts: 5531
Loc: Montrose, CO
Krychek - This is a common problem with the XT's bash plate. I welded a new 1/4-20 nut on the bracket and replaced the bolt with a SS one on both bikes. Used course threads (1/4-20 as opposed to 1/4-28). The OEM bolt going bad isn't something to take lightly. I had this let go on Jeannie's bike whence on the trails. The skid plate dropped down and she got stopped. Had it snagged on a rock and jousted the bike it could have been an injury. If it happened on the road I wouldn't even want to go there. When the bolt goes bad the female thread aren't far behind. Make a proper repair and make sure it won't fail. Good luck.
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#37693 - 09/11/08 06:05 PM Re: Skid plate removal problem. [Re: Muniac]
pacopena Offline
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Registered: 09/11/05
Posts: 175
Hi Krychek,
Like many of the factory fasteners the bolt holding the skid plate is made of some kind of a silver cheese product. They strip if you even look at them funny. I am very careful with the torque I apply to fasteners but I had the same problem after 4 years of oil changes. If you are cautious with the wrench I would replace it with a quality stainless bolt. If you are a bit ham fisted and use a three foot pipe on all your wrenches go stock. The bolt will fail before the threads in the hole. If you get really stuck with jetting etc let me know. I live in the BurQuitlam area.

Paco

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