Passenger floorboard just fell off

Discussion in 'Touring Models' started by spartacus55, Sep 27, 2010.

  1. spartacus55

    spartacus55 Active Member

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    Went home to pick up my wife for a ride on my 2007 Road King (flhr, As she went to get on the bike she noticed much to my chagrin that the pass. floorboard was completely gone. It was there the day before, my first thought was someone stole it then i realized it probably just vibrated off. It turns out 250.00 clams later for the pan, chrome arm, and chrome cover the mechanic tells me the bolt just sheared off. It's supposed to be a grade A bolt how does it just shear off. Anyone else have a similar problem. ps. I was down in ocean city md. for the delmarva rally and i remember going down a driverway when a cager cut me off and i wound up going down a 5 or 6 inch curb and bottoming out but i just can't see how this would of caused the bolt to shear off a week later.
     
  2. Mavagrand

    Mavagrand Senior Member

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    Not had this issue on my 08 but have heard some were torqued too tight from the factory. I have taken mine off (they were very tight) and tightened them per specs..never had a problem. Also, I do a pre-flight before I ride, check to make sure all the lights are working. I also now check the passenger floor boards make sure they are tight. hate to lose one of those when riding with friends.
     
  3. Dr.Evil

    Dr.Evil Junior Member

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    Found one loose once, guess it could have fallen off.
    Put under list of things to check.
     
  4. HDDon

    HDDon Experienced Member Contributor Retired Moderators

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    If you hit that curb a sharp hit like that can fracture a grade 8 bolt that has been over torqued. Last summer, while riding late at night, a deer came out of a ditch and hit the right side of the bike. The impact sheered a grade 8 blot on my floorboard.
     
  5. Retrop

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    I guess it is kind of a sad commentary, but most of today's riders only notice that fasteners are loose or need tightening when it falls off the bike. Everyone should do themselves a favor today: go out and check your bike over for items that need tightening. Check your tires for nails too. You might save yourself some grief down the road. These bikes shake like a dog passing a peach seed, so stuff just gets loose.
     
  6. NEWHD74FAN

    NEWHD74FAN Experienced Member Retired Moderators

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  7. Dr.Evil

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    On mine the bolt is in the FB clamp. If yours are the same, how did machanic know the bolt was broke if (spartacuss55) lost the board?
     
  8. sprinklerfitter669

    sprinklerfitter669 Junior Member

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    I know what i will be checking tonight :s