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I recently had my stock swingarm lengthened, and I need to drill two new holes for the front mounting bolts on the skid plate... the material of the stock swing arm is pretty thin, not enough material for a bolt to hold onto if threaded. It was suggested to me that I use a helicoil, but I can't find any kits locally, and on the internet I would have to buy a whole kit which is close to $100.

But then again.. I've never used a helicoil, but from the looks of them, I don't see how they would allow me to get a bolt to hang onto the thin swingarm material.
 

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Check your local machine shop or a fastner shop for heli coils. Your local machine shop will probably throw them in for you for a reasonable price.
 

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helicoil's won't work in thin wall material, the body of the insert needs support.
Is the skid plate long enough to cover the original hole, can you drill a hole in it that matches? Is extending the skid plate to reach the original hole an option?
 

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Is the extension solid or tubed?

Mine was solid, that's why I suggested the helicoil..
 

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firstraptor said:
I'm assuming he's talking about the front holes. ???
Gotcha. I never got around to doing this on mine so I guess I'm not much use here. :(
 

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Yeah, I'm talking about the front holes. That's why I was a little confused with how a helicoil would help.

And as for is the skid plate long enough? I sent an email to PRM (I want to get a z-plate) and I haven't gotten a response.
 

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I just called the dealership and ordered some... I looked at my PDF version of the parts views and found the part number.

I hope I ordered the right stuff, does a "blind rivet" sound right?
 

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One on mine went bad, I tried a couple things to repair it (replcement, helicoil) couldn't get anything to hold so I just drilled the whole way thru the top and used a 1/4" bolt.
Has held up well and is easier to remove.
 
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