My 09 firebird
After every ride I clean and check for any pay in the rear end and headset.
I lifted the bike by the saddle and felt some play.
I Then checked the bolts where the rocker is bolted on to the frame (The gold ones) and noticed they had come loose. when I tried to tighten them up they just spun.
After removing and inspecting the bolts I noticed the thread was damaged and so was the thread in the frame.
What alarmed me the most was only about 4-5mm of the bolt actually went into the frame surly this has to be under engineered on a bike of this kind.
The whole shock pivoting on a ali bolt that only screws into a ali frame by 4-5mm is destine to fail and stuff the frame in the process.
My local pivot shop fitted a new rear triangle on it about 6 months ago and im not sure if they used loctite on it or not its hard to prove, but i would imagine (hope) they would have
The bike was bought brand new last year so has only had a years use the only way to fix it is to heli tap the frame and that voids the warranty.
Im not sure if they have changed the bolt length on newer models but if they haven't and the bolts do come loose or develop play you may be up for a new front triangle.
Mines in the local pivot shop now hopefully they can fix it.
I Love the bird but things like this really pee me off.
Has anyone else had this problem and how did you fix it?
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