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I've been doing a bit on the bike today, sorting out the forks for some clip-ons. I struggled to undo the bolts on the triple clamps. After torquing them back up using capitalviews chart, I'm pretty sure they were too tight to begin with. Anyone else found this when you've been working on your bikes?
 

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Rear brake master cylinder bolts were ungodly tight. I actually bent an Allen key trying to break it free. Some guys have torn the head and had to drill them out. Oil filter was almost as ridiculous. You can pretty much expect this on a new bike. My other bike had similar problems.
 

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THIS is what happens when you buy a "made in China" motorcycle!

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Not sure if the dealer or factory installs the rear wheel and sets the chain slack, but my chain was so tight, there was practically zero play. I would literally have to pull the wheel back as hard as possible on purpose to set the chain the same way it came on my bike. I'm glad it didn't snap on the ride home. Should have checked it at the dealer.
 

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THIS is what happens when you buy a "made in China" motorcycle!

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I think its just a Yamaha thing. The FZ07, fully assembled and made in Japan has similar issues with gorilla tightened bolts.

I have been working on my Z1000 recently and haven't found extremely tight bolts yet, but I will also be changing the oil in the next few days so I'll get to compare how tight the drain plug and filter are relative to Yamaha.
 

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1. ) I think its just a Yamaha thing. The FZ07, fully assembled and made in Japan has similar issues with gorilla tightened bolts.

2. ) I have been working on my Z1000 recently and haven't found extremely tight bolts yet, but I will also be changing the oil in the next few days so I'll get to compare how tight the drain plug and filter are relative to Yamaha.

1. - We don't exactly know that for sure. Sub-assemblies could be made elsewhere, and "final assembly" done at a location in Japan. You know who else does this kind of thing? HARLEY DAVIDSON. Yup, global parts, final assembly in USA.

2. - Most fasteners get torqued to specific values on the assembly line during production. Some companies seem to be better about this than others. I know my Honda Fireblade is a very high quality product. So far, I haven't found any extra-tight fasteners on it. Oil filter was also easy to remove. No issues, no problems. The only "problem" I had with my Fireblade was the clutch-cable. It failed prematurely. It started coming apart at the lever end. This is actually a known-issue. So I replaced it. You know what it cost me? $15, and a couple hours of my time. No big deal. $15 for an OEM cable. Gotta love Honda. If it was a Ducati... it would have been a $100 cable.
( And it would have taken a month to get one from Italy! )
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Rear brake master cylinder bolts were ungodly tight. I actually bent an Allen key trying to break it free. Some guys have torn the head and had to drill them out. Oil filter was almost as ridiculous. You can pretty much expect this on a new bike. My other bike had similar problems.
I am that guy. Cannot shift the rear brake master cylinder Allen colts and have stripped the heads. Can't drill them out either (titanium bolts?) Any advice on drilling them out would be gratefully received.
 

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I am that guy. Cannot shift the rear brake master cylinder Allen colts and have stripped the heads. Can't drill them out either (titanium bolts?) Any advice on drilling them out would be gratefully received.
I'm no expert as I've only drilled out one bolt that broke from rust, but I just soaked the bolt in penetrating oil, drilled a tiny pilot hole as straight as possible in the center, then used an extractor bit to try to break it loose and remove. Go slow, line it up as well as you can and have a lot of patience. Mine came out pretty easily, but it isn't always so.

A lot of old/classic car forums have very detailed guides on this as their header bolts and bolts in the block break frequently.
 

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Air compressor + impact gun will usually do the trick without wrecking anything.
 

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I am that guy. Cannot shift the rear brake master cylinder Allen colts and have stripped the heads. Can't drill them out either (titanium bolts?) Any advice on drilling them out would be gratefully received.
Not sure if you are having difficulty with the same bolts but read post #11 here: http://www.r3-forums.com/forum/737-yamaha-r3-parts-sale/92394-black-tyga-rearsets.html

Luckily for me it was the heel guard, I was able to remove the assembly and take it over to a drill press and drill from the back. Frame bolts would have been bad news. Funny thing, there was NO locktite on these bolts. Just plain over tightened.
 

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Not sure if you are having difficulty with the same bolts but read post #11 here: http://www.r3-forums.com/forum/737-yamaha-r3-parts-sale/92394-black-tyga-rearsets.html

Luckily for me it was the heel guard, I was able to remove the assembly and take it over to a drill press and drill from the back. Frame bolts would have been bad news. Funny thing, there was NO locktite on these bolts. Just plain over tightened.
Yes, it's the heel guard. I wanted to put on some blue ones but couldn't get the stock ones off.
 
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