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Aluminum threads are common and vulnerable to damage. On the magazine's XR650R motorcycle, we upgrade aluminum threads with Time-Sert® thread repairs. Here is the step-by-step Time-Sert® repair and improvement of the engine's outer crankcase/oil filter cover bolt threads. My first exposure to a Time-Sert® repair was a cast iron engine block with pulled main cap threads. A hefty carbon steel insert was the fix! Imagine fixing the axle housing bearing cap threads on a Grand Cherokee's Dana 44 aluminum case rear axle—or a damaged transfer case. Or spark plug threads on a Ford Triton engine, or any other engine, without removing the cylinder head. See the Time-Sert® website for the wide variety of applications possible: Time-Sert® official website. Use the example in the video for your thread needs. In my independent and unpaid testing, I believe Time-Sert® offers the best permanent thread repair and upgrade for aluminum threads. Sometimes more costly than other solutions on the front end, Time-Sert® is more than just a thread repair! Watch the video to see why I step up and use this tooling and thread solution. Here's the article with video at the magazine: http://www.4wdmechanix.com/how-to-time-sert-aluminum-thread-repair-and-upgrade/. Here is the Honda XR650R aluminum spark plug thread repair: http://www.4wdmechanix.com/HD-Video-How-to-Time-Sert-Repair-for-Damaged-Spark-Plug-Threads?r=1 Here are the Honda XR650R swing arm adjuster thread repairs that finish up like Honda should have made these threads in the first place: http://www.4wdmechanix.com/moses-ludels-4wd-mechanix-magazine-how-to-dirt-motorcycle-final-drive-chain-and-sprockets-replacement/ Eventually, all of the vulnerable aluminum threads on the Honda XR650R will be stainless steel or copper-clad steel Time-Sert® inserts! Moses
When I wrote the Ford F-Series Pickup Owner's Bible (Bentley Publishers) in the early 1990s, I included years of personal involvement with Ford truck products. From the flathead V-8 and Y-block eras, FE and small-block eras, to the modern diesels and gasoline Triton engines, Ford F-trucks have made an indelible mark. I know these engines and powertrains intimately and look forward to the growth of this Ford F-truck community forum. Loyal owners, enthusiasts and restorers, from the earliest F-1, -2 and -3 models to the contemporary F-trucks, can share their pride and insights around these trucks...I began my Ford truck work with a 1938 flathead pickup, owned a '51 F-3 pickup, restored a '55 F100 with a Y-block, rebuilt and blueprinted muscle car era FE V-8s, and worked with later model Ford trucks, including Navistar diesel power and Triton engines. As a Ford technology guy, I will drop into the discussion from time to time!—Moses Ludel