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Next stupid question - wiring recessed bolts.

YellowDuck

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My front caliper bolts are tough to wire. On each side, one is no problem but the other is recessed entirely flush into the caliper carrier. They are allen bolts.

I *think* the correct way to wire the recessed one is to put a washer (or two) under it to raise the head above the surface of the carrier, then drill as normal. But, I am concerned about introducing washers into such a critical place that weren't designed to be there. Also, how much thickness in washers could I add (I don't think I need much) before I should go to a longer bolt as well?

Or should I just start scouring the interwebs for some caliper bolts with longer heads?
 

doozerdave

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Can you get the wire between the bolt head and the recess? On my ZX it's the same thing, and I make a small hook in the end of the wire, fish it down the side of the head, through the drilled hole and use pliers to pull it out from the middle of the bolt.
 

YellowDuck

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No, there is not enough clearance. I'll post a photo later if I can.

I just remembered that the calipers came with some bolts that had conical heads. If I can find those and they fit in the recess and are the right length, it might solve my problem...

I was also wondering if I could grind the outside of the bolt head to make a bevel that would provide the needed clearance.
 

dricked

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I made spacers and replaced the bolts with longer ones. Wiring with the bolts recessed is too tedious when I'm trying to get a tire change done.

 

ZX600

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It's possible that I'm looking at this the wrong way, but doesn't it seem there's nothing to stop the bolt on the top from unscrewing. :confused:
yes, the bolt at the bottom
 

Corsara

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yes, the bolt at the bottom
That would be true if the wire was attached at the bottom of top bolt, but it's attached at the top---free to turn counter-clockwide, no? Picture might be deceiving though..
 

dricked

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Ok so the bolt gets loose and starts to turn downward....then what? The clip hits the caliper stopping it from turning any more. But let's get crazy and say the clip doesn't jam on the caliper, the bolt below that's also clipped with the wire attaching the two bolts will prevent it from turning further.

My Gsxr is built by a very respected builder and was the exact same. If you want to buy it and change it it's all yours ;)
 

Corsara

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Ok so the bolt gets loose and starts to turn downward....then what? The clip hits the caliper stopping it from turning any more. But let's get crazy and say the clip doesn't jam on the caliper, the bolt below that's also clipped with the wire attaching the two bolts will prevent it from turning further.

My Gsxr is built by a very respected builder and was the exact same. If you want to buy it and change it it's all yours ;)
^^ In bold what I failed to realize. Damnit, I was looking for something to bring down the price, this isn't it ;)
 

ZX600

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That would be true if the wire was attached at the bottom of top bolt, but it's attached at the top---free to turn counter-clockwide, no? Picture might be deceiving though..
Ok so the bolt gets loose and starts to turn downward....then what? The clip hits the caliper stopping it from turning any more. But let's get crazy and say the clip doesn't jam on the caliper, the bolt below that's also clipped with the wire attaching the two bolts will prevent it from turning further.

My Gsxr is built by a very respected builder and was the exact same. If you want to buy it and change it it's all yours ;)
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Corsara

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The picture doesn't show how stiff the wire is. In fact, if it's a wire, it's not stiff enough, it's soft. I'd agree if it was an unbendable metal rod. Otherwise, I'm not convinced on that point.
 

dricked

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^^ In bold what I failed to realize. Damnit, I was looking for something to bring down the price, this isn't it ;)
We haven't even discussed details and your already trying to low ball me lol.

The clips are wired together so they can only turn so far if the were to come loose. It passes tech and I'm perfectly comfortable with the setup.
 

ZX600

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The picture doesn't show how stiff the wire is. In fact, if it's a wire, it's not stiff enough, it's soft. I'd agree if it was an unbendable metal rod. Otherwise, I'm not convinced on that point.
So you saying he did a piss poor job?

:D
 

Corsara

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So you saying he did a piss poor job?

:D
No, I think both of his bolts are safe from loosening up, so the job is good. You, on the other hand, did a very poor job presenting any valid arguments as to why it's wired alright. :tongue3:
 

ZX600

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No, I think both of his bolts are safe from loosening up, so the job is good. You, on the other hand, did a very poor job presenting any valid arguments as to why it's wired alright. :tongue3:
Bro do you even lift?
 

YellowDuck

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Here is what I came up with. Wasn't too hard to drill into the top surface of the bolt, down on an angle into the centre. This should pass, yes?




I am not totally clear on what to do with the tail ends. I try to tuck them away but it seems like I could do better.
 

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