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post #1 of 10 Old 10-27-2008, 04:18 PM Thread Starter
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Dropped a screw. Damnit.

I thought I'd try to save 5 minutes changing my air filter over the week-end by not completely removing the tank.

I propped the front of the tank up with a few rags, and with a 90' screwdriver, was able to get the airbox top off, and inserted the new air filter element.

Going to put back in the left-rear screw, it was a tight fit and... drop.
The screw fell into the bike... somewhere.

Shit.

So I go ahead and take the tank off, and start looking. And looking.
I pull the bike into the middle of my street, angle it so I have maximum Sun angle.

Use my brightest flash light.

Go fishing with one of those magnetized telescoping sticks.

I took off my front-sprocket cover, thinking maybe it'd worked it's way into there.

I can't freaking find it. It did not fall on the garage floor.

So, it's in a crevasse, somewhere.

I'm pretty resolved to just let it sit where ever it is, order a new screw, and chalk it up to being an idiot trying to save time.

But before I button it back up with the hideaway, the thought of it somehow sneaking into my front sprocket and locking up the drivetrain gives me pause.

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post #2 of 10 Old 10-27-2008, 04:26 PM
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i did that with a steering damper bolt .. so i painted a bolt red and dropped it where i dropped the other one .. lost that one too tried it again and then found all 3

as long as you have your sprocket cover on i wouldn't worry about it

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i did that with a steering damper bolt .. so i painted a bolt red and dropped it where i dropped the other one .. lost that one too tried it again and then found all 3

as long as you have your sprocket cover on i wouldn't worry about it
lol your method is awsome!
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i did that with a steering damper bolt .. so i painted a bolt red and dropped it where i dropped the other one .. lost that one too tried it again and then found all 3

as long as you have your sprocket cover on i wouldn't worry about it
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I thought I'd try to save 5 minutes changing my air filter over the week-end by not completely removing the tank.

I propped the front of the tank up with a few rags, and with a 90' screwdriver, was able to get the airbox top off, and inserted the new air filter element.

Going to put back in the left-rear screw, it was a tight fit and... drop.
The screw fell into the bike... somewhere.

Shit.

So I go ahead and take the tank off, and start looking. And looking.
I pull the bike into the middle of my street, angle it so I have maximum Sun angle.

Use my brightest flash light.

Go fishing with one of those magnetized telescoping sticks.

I took off my front-sprocket cover, thinking maybe it'd worked it's way into there.

I can't freaking find it. It did not fall on the garage floor.

So, it's in a crevasse, somewhere.

I'm pretty resolved to just let it sit where ever it is, order a new screw, and chalk it up to being an idiot trying to save time.

But before I button it back up with the hideaway, the thought of it somehow sneaking into my front sprocket and locking up the drivetrain gives me pause.

Suggestions or ideas?
Ha I did the exact same thing a while ago. I pulled the fairings off, pulled the entire airbox out, front sprocket cover, even had a tube taped to the end of my vaccum cleaner and tried blowing it with an air nozzle and couldn't find it. I finally put it together and rode it. One ride through town and the screw was sitting in my belly pan I didn't save much time in the end either

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I dropped a couple screws and a tiny block of wood (don't ask) while putting headers on my mustang and never found them until recently when I had the motor out. They were there for over two years. The wood was nice and burnt from exhaust heat.
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That sux....I hate dropping little screws like that. Too many places to look. but make sure it's not in the tire when you rolled it out in the sun!

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screw in a hay stack?

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I did this same thing and found the screw in the shock spring, on the front side where it was out of site.
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post #10 of 10 Old 10-31-2008, 06:35 PM
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Every time I work on my bike or car I either A) Lose a fastener of some kind, or B) Get it back together and have a fastener left over with no apparent home. My theory is that if I take my bike apart enough times, it will actually hold itself together with no fasteners for assistance.

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