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    Dropped some washers into the back part of the bike

    I was trying to install a luggage rack. Did several mistakes, some of which ended up with washers somewhere down there.

    I wonder if riding the bike would be safe with them inside, as perhaps they can bang repeatedly against the gas tank, or fall out and get into the chain somehow, or do some other damage.

    If it is unsafe, what's the minimal amount of removal I need to do to get them back?


    Thanks

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    Join the club. I fish around for a couple minutes with a magnetic pickup wand and give up. Eventually they'll turn up (or not).

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    Quote Originally Posted by HarveyM View Post
    Join the club. I fish around for a couple minutes with a magnetic pickup wand and give up. Eventually they'll turn up (or not).
    I didn't even bother to fish with a magnet. Not sure if the washers I dropped are still down there of if they rattled out. Its been 3700 miles since installing my luggage rack. The washers are either firmly stuck somewhere or they are gone. No worries.

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    I lost an allen key down the front, bouncing behind the handlebars. Never could find it on the ground and hunting around in the bowels of the bike didn't see it there either. Half a year on and the bike is fine. Not as if random bits of conductive metal falling into the engine area could be a bad thing and all :-S

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    Yup! ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

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    Guess I'm not seeing that grab-rail cap either.. Thanks all!

    Quote Originally Posted by Paulplex View Post
    I lost an allen key down the front, bouncing behind the handlebars. Never could find it on the ground and hunting around in the bowels of the bike didn't see it there either. Half a year on and the bike is fine. Not as if random bits of conductive metal falling into the engine area could be a bad thing and all :-S

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    Talk about taking it up a notch

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    I stocked up on extra connectors, bolts etc because I'm constantly dropping them down in that black hole behind the tank.
    Dance as if no one is watching.

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    I will take it up another notch. I once dropped the loose blade of a feeler guage down the Cam chain tunnel of a Z1300 Kawasaki. Fortunately it dropped on to the crankshaft. Thereafter followed the most delicate operation with a weak magnet to get it out. The relief was unimaginable. If it had gone further than the crank I was snookered.
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    When working in that area I lay a shop rag down over the tank and all the openings where something could go into.
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    LOL...joined the "washer down there" club. I think I lost 2 while installing a fender eliminator kit. 2K miles later, nothing has blown up or shorted out and I'm still alive....I think it's safe.

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