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Old 09-27-2011, 05:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Thread Repair Experience: Time-sert vs. Helicoil

Does anyone have any experience with these thread repair kits?

Time-Sert:
http://www.amazon.com/TIME-SERT-Metric-Thread-Repair-1610/dp/B001JK802K/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1317154870&sr=8-1 http://www.amazon.com/TIME-SERT-Metric-Thread-Repair-1610/dp/B001JK802K/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1317154870&sr=8-1


Helicoil:
http://www.amazon.com/Helicoil-5546-6-Metric-Coarse-Thread/dp/B0002KKPXK/ref=sr_1_1?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1317154985&sr=1-1 http://www.amazon.com/Helicoil-5546-6-Metric-Coarse-Thread/dp/B0002KKPXK/ref=sr_1_1?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1317154985&sr=1-1


The Time-Sert kit looks more complete to me, but I don't know if the Helicoil requires anything more than is included with it...

Can I get by with the Helicoil kit? Or is the Time-Sert worth that much more, keeping in mind that $25 is a huge impact on the budget and $60 is much, much more so?

BTW, this is for a seat bolt (which is also an attachment point for a rack) on a DRZ-400, not my Sprint.

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Old 09-27-2011, 05:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Sorry Kit, but neither of those links worked, so I can't compare the two products. However, I have used Helicoil kits with great success, many times in the past. A kit will contain all you need, and they are easy to use. Happy Helicoiling!
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Old 09-27-2011, 05:55 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks, man. Motorcycle.com has some kind of script that does stupid things to Amazon links; maybe I can find links to the products elsewhere...

Maybe Google links work?

http://www.google.com/products/catal...ed=0CEkQ8wIwAQ

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&t...18l118l0.1l1l0

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Old 09-28-2011, 12:15 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Kit, I've had good luck with the Helicoils...one of the guys at work swears by Timeserts. Each has pluses and minuses. Timeserts are pricey but seem to be better for applications where you need a bit of precision. The flange is nice and they dont back out when unscrewing a bolt ...that sometimes happens with Helicoils. I think GM recommends Timeserts if that matters to you, but Helicoils have been around forever and have fixed a lot of stuff. For your budget, and application, I'd likely go with Helicoils. If this were headwork, I'd probably go Timeserts.

My experience with helicoils is that I'd recommend you stick with the actual Helicoil brand and not an imitation of it. The noname version Helicoils usually have crappy taps and insertion tools that make the job a bit more difficult than need be.

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Thanks, Dave. Looking at things more closely, I think I have enough metal for a Helicoil but may not have enough to countersink a Time-Sert.

Loks like it's been decided for me: Helicoil if the bike's owner wants to spring for it, else either leave it stripped out or JB Weld a nut to the other side of the hole.

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