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Old 17 Mar 2008
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XT Girls in BIG TROUBLE.. a locktite tragedy!

As if I jinxed it with our question about locktite...

It was all going so well...!

We've removed one of our engines (will post separely about the fun THAT was!) - and discovered a HORRIFIC mess inside!!

Upon checking the stator - (we only did it, to LEARN and see WHAT it looks like etc. etc.) We found that SOMEONE had fixed it, at some point, and soldered with big fat GLOBULES all over the place... bad! bad! bad!

And then, suddenly, it became clear why the battery goes flat randomly!!! We kept cleaning and fixing connections.. which works for a while.. and then it randomly goes flat again! Duh!

And TESTING it with our brand new little yellow meters, showed us that INDEED, the stator only shows INTERMITTENT current.

(Did you know you can use the meter to measure your own current... try and put it on your tongue!!! Its great fun!)


Because... thanks to a lovely big box shipped from Germany - we had A LOVELY REPLACEMENT STATOR just waiting there, to be installed....


The same SOMEONE who made the BOTCH job... also LOCKTITED (or more like WELDED) the bolts that keeps the stator in place...

...and we have spent HOURS AND HOURS and every tip given here... and SWEARING a LOT....

And finally... sheared four of the bolts off.

NOW DONT CRY!!! -- because we have cried enough already!! --

What we have to do now is:

1) Pay an engineer to drill out the stubs and rethread the holes


2) Find a new STATOR cover from somewhere....

Soooooo, I don't know if stator covers are things that usually kick about in the back of people's garages... but if you happen to stumble across one...

Pretty please... ?!

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What an adventure ladies, you're gonna be top notch grease monkeys at the end of your trip. Look out Cape Town here come some serious DIY women.

Good luck ladies, don't forget to breath when the going gets tough

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Just reading through your post you seem surprized that the stator bolts are Loctited please make sure when you put your new stator on you loctite it as well they must be.

I think i have a stator cover and will have a look this week.
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go through every craigslist location and search for xt600 until u find one being sold in parts, i saw at least 5 klr650's being parted today when i was browsing

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A B Salvage in cannock are breaking an xt 600, but I don't know which engine model it is....
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as Brian says these MUST be loctite'd in. If you cant find a new cover then PM me as we should be able to help get the remains of the bolts out for you and were not to far away in Luton

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Ok, got the message bout loc-tite the stator bolts.

And thanks so much for your generous help and support - its not been a good week!

Since we're effectively working on the pavement outside (we're Londoners, no garage or garden!) - we've had to take quick action and have had the cover drilled and rethreaded today.

Engine will be put back in tomorrow. Watch this space.

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Way to go!

Don't know why you want to pay somebody to go with you. You seem to be perfectly capable to along by yourselves.

Remember: after "tight" comes "off", as you just discovered. If a bolt is not moving don't just increase force. You can heat an aluminium cover to 150C, which should be enough to get things moving, Loctite or corrosion. For next time...

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