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    2012 RT fairing fasteners backing out

    I have lost 2 screws this year that fasten the fairing to the bike. Also one screw backed out of the rear fender and was laying on a ledge under the seat. Since I have all the tuppeware off for the 12K I was thinking of applying some blue locktite to all those fasteners that hold the fairing together and most to the bike. Before I try that has anyone had a similar experience and if so what did you do?
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    Quote Originally Posted by wvpc View Post
    I have lost 2 screws this year that fasten the fairing to the bike. Also one screw backed out of the rear fender and was laying on a ledge under the seat. Since I have all the tuppeware off for the 12K I was thinking of applying some blue locktite to all those fasteners that hold the fairing together and most to the bike. Before I try that has anyone had a similar experience and if so what did you do?
    i would not use blue loctite....the screws as a rule thread into a quick nut which may spin with the thread locker....since the flange headed screws attach plastic to a steel quick nut, applying a good "cinch" to the screw should hold it fast....i use a t-handle torx wrench on all the screws....and there are a crap load of then too....LOL

    i am just a newbie here with limited experience on the R1200RT....but i have mucho experience on fastening lots of tupperware to other chassis.....

    BTW....7800 miles in 3 months and have had the tupperware off 4 times for various additions and services.....no lost screws....prolly jinxed myself here...LOL

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    I have used simple carpenters wood glue (and it doesn't take much)as a plastic safe threadlocker for years . I had a Buell Ulysses that would self remove all of the plastic bodywork fasteners without it. Depending on the plastic any loctite not labeled plastic safe may destroy the plastic you are putting it in or through.

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    Good Tips!

    Thanks guys.
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    Never had a fastener back out on my RT and I do all my own service. No thread lockers, just a decent feel for snug.
    The panels on an RT fit very well. I wonder if a careless bit of positioning caused some fasteners to not be truly snugged down but runnig on the friction of the panel. I do not trust electric screwdrivers- if I use one to run the screws in, I always check each one by hand at the end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by racer7 View Post
    Never had a fastener back out on my RT and I do all my own service. No thread lockers, just a decent feel for snug.
    The panels on an RT fit very well. I wonder if a careless bit of positioning caused some fasteners to not be truly snugged down but runnig on the friction of the panel. I do not trust electric screwdrivers- if I use one to run the screws in, I always check each one by hand at the end.
    Good point. Haven't done that myself ( but also havent lost any screws) but I will now. Thanks for the tip
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    2005 R12RT. I've lost about 3 screws, but they all were from me dropping them! I've never had one come out. I'd look to your tightening torque. Either not enough, or too much and the retainer is damaged.

    Be careful with blue lock-tite as it can cause spider cracks in certain plastics. I don't know if the RT plastic is one of those, but I've just stopped using LT near plastics.
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    More grunt needed.

    I never touched the rear fender screw that backed completely out, was sitting on a ledge under the seat, and has a metal bushing inserted into the screw hole. IMO that should have never backed out on a 2012.

    The rest were in the fairing and were hand tightened by me with a decent T-25. Since I didn't strip out any of the backing clips I'll apply more torque. I have some spares so I think I'll strip one on purpose to train my "hands of stone".
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    I use a drill to remove all the screws for the plastic, goes faster. I also use the drill to put them back in with the torque set low then go back and hand tighten. Have not lost a screw nor damaged the plastic from too much torque. The factory didn't use a thread locker on the fairing screws so I don't either.


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    Tight enough to put just a slight bit of flex in the j-nut makes it perform somewhat like a lock washer.
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