Broken Bolt

Discussion in 'Wheels' started by HD4ME!, Mar 21, 2011.

  1. HD4ME!

    HD4ME! Active Member

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    While on a trip with my 11 year old son last weekend my 2008 Ultra Classic Electra Glide left me stranded. Right after leaving for breakfast we felt a jerk heard metal grinding then about 5 miles later the bike would not go. The belt would turn but not the wheel. I was able to get a local to come and get me with his flatbed trailer, get me back to the cabin I was stay at while I waited for my brother in law to come with his trailer and get us home. While my son and I was bummed we could not finish our trip we were glad we were safe and realize the situation could have been much worse.

    I was able to get the bike to the dealer the next day and 5 days later, they informed me a bolt broke that holds the pulley on. Total damage is sprocket, wheel, bearings and everything else that goes with it is damaged and needs to be replaced to the tune of $1,016.87! :small3d031:

    I have a very uneasy feeling knowing that if this would have happened on a busy freeway, which I travel often, or further away from civilization, which I was headed to, I would have been in a world of hurt!

    I asked the dealer to have HD pay for the repair since the bike is only about 34 months old this should not have happened. There reply was, HD wont pay since the bike is out of warranty. To spend $30,000.00 on a bike and have a .50 bolt break and cause so much damage is absurd.

    Should I push this with HD or just eat it and go on with my day?

    Is this very common?

    Thanks guys and gals!
     
  2. HDDon

    HDDon Experienced Member Contributor Retired Moderators

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    There are 5 bolts that hold the rear pulley to the wheel, are you saying that 1 bolt broke or all 5??
     
  3. glider

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    Was there any upgrades done to the rear wheel like a chrome pulley or anything?
     
  4. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Expert Member

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    Pulley bolts breaking is getting to be a problem, the MOCO says it is part of our routine to check them, but what if they were over torqued @ the factory Then What, I am curious?
     
  5. glider

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    The 08 came from the factory with the cush drive (IDS) system. Did the IDS let go or was it the attachment to the wheel itself and they are building a bigger case out of it? (Do dealers do that?) :D

    This was the optional IDS for the 07 bikes.

    IDS Drive System - Harley Davidson Community
     
  6. Lancer

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    I would like to know more info myself. I have the same bike!
     
  7. HD4ME!

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    No upgrades to the rear. The only thing that has been done to the rear was tire and breaks replaced back in June of 09 which was about 5,000 miles ago and was done by the same dealer.

    There was no mention to the cush drive. Listed below is what I am told is needed:

    Sprocket Assy
    Isolator, rubber
    Compensator Bowl
    Sleeve, front and RR Wheel
    Rear Wheel
    Ball Bearing 25 MM
    Ball Bearing 2 Row Exten

    Here is a quote from the service manager "I don't know for sure but it looks like the bolts either sheared off or backed out and sheared off. It's hard to tell, there's a lot of damage." From what I gather all bolts sheared off for one reason or another. :small3d031:

    I have requested all parts so I can look at them. I will be glad to share pictures.
     
  8. HDDon

    HDDon Experienced Member Contributor Retired Moderators

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    I would be very surprised that all the bolts sheered at the same time, and if all the bolts were loose you would have had to hear or feel something. Is that a misspelling on compensator bowl? Should it be Bolt? When the term sprocket assy was used was he talking about the compensator sprocket? I also don't see a listing for a new rear pulley, or belt. I still a little confused as to what broke.
     
  9. Hoople

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    You own the old parts. I would ask for them and post a few pictures. It sure would help with understanding how it all happened.
     
  10. Poser

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    Not sure what you mean by the bolt broke. I have heard of the bolts walking their way out and then shearing off on the swing arm.

    Did you recently have any work done that required the sprocket to be taken off? Is there any evidence of red thread locker on the bolts? If it was me I would want to see the bike in the shop to determine some of these things. If there was no thread locker used the Motor company might reconsider their position.