Well, I tried to change the oil on my 2000 Road Star today for the first time since I've owned it (used bike of course). Anyway the front drain plug is extremely tight. Whoever changed the oil the last time must have used a 2' long wrench to tighten it!!!!!
To make matters worse, the head of the plug was already worn and somewhat rounded when I started and now I have made it worse due to the wrench "slipping" without the bolt breaking loose. I'm telling you..this thing is tight!!!!! The head of the bolt it all but round now. I'm planning on trying to grind some flat spots on it to get a better bite, but I am not holding my breath. I have tried heating the case in the area around the plug hoping that the aluminum would expand faster than the plug and allow it to break loose, but this did not work either as the only "torch" I have is a little butane "hobby" torch and I don't think it heated fast enough (or enough at all).
Any other ideas???
Also, just to "vent" a little, but am I the only person to think that the location of this drain must have been designed by morons??
You can't get on it with a socket, and box end of my wrench had too thick of a "wall" to fit into the space between the bolt head and the case. I should have probably ground the wall thickness of the wrench to fit the space, but I didn't want to ruin an otherwise good wrench, so like a dummy, I tried to use the open end of the wrench which added to the rounding of the bolt (yeah, I know....dumb, dumb, dumb) How in the world are you to torque this bolt when re installing it when it is impossible to get a torque wrench in there? (this of course is the least of my problems at this point, but probably contributed to the previous owner over tightening it in the first place)