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OK, so I AM an amateur mechanic, and I thought I could adjust my valves, but the Haynes manual didn't say anything about putting something in the oil pick up/spit out hole right next to the valve. Soo, with careless bravado I put my valve collets back in, only to DROP ONE DOWN THE HOLE next to the valve!!!!!!!! on the vertical exhaust cylinder. 2V Monster-
Can I pretend it didn't happen? and hope the oil filter picks it up?
How the hell can I get it out?
Anyone want to buy a duck, runs great......no warranty
 
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go fishing....get one of those telescoping probes with the magnetic tip...sold at Sears and other venues....make certain the collets are magnetic first....thats my best guess at your dilemma short of turning the bike over and shaking it til the collet falls out

sorry to hear that
 
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i dropped one into the cylinder once doh!!!!!!!!!! i got the aformentioned magnet and a little snake light from sears. I think it is a fiber optic. About the diameter of a nail. good luck. If you can't get it out IGNORANCE IS BLISS
 

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Thanks guys! They are steel. Tried a magnet, no way it will fit. Even a magnet on a string would get stuck. Thought of filling the crankcase with oil or maybe WD40 and hoping it flushes out- if it wown't do any catastrophic damage I'll change the oil at 1k mile intervals until it turns up- yes, ignorance truly IS bliss.... ::)
 

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You need a magnet that is small enough to get into the hole. You can use a piece of magnetic tape cut down. It it on a piece of wire and go fish. The head is aluminum so it will not stop the magnet from going down. I've done this .....twice (pretty slow learner huh!!)

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you might want to call Nichols mfg and ask them how they get the collets out when it's dropped. haven't dropped any collets (yet) so can't tell you about my experience... but i can only imagine what you're going through!
 

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I am no expert on 2V internals but I would be worried that it could get wedged in somewhere and cause a big dollar repair. Will it drop all the way down to the oil pan? If so draining the oil and trying to flush it out may be the best option. Is the oil plug magnetic, if so it may already be there.... Not to be an alarmist but it is usually not a good idea to run a motor with large metal bits floating around inside.
 

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So far I've been real lucky and the dropped collets have all fallen out the other side of the head. If this had happened to me, the trauma would push me off the fence I've been on a long time about buying MBP collets. If nothing else, I could probably get the MBP's on without launching them off the tips of my hemostats like I do the wire collets. ;D
 

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I dropped one down there I got it the next time I changed the oil.
 

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so when you just wait for it to show up on the oil-drain-plug or in the oil filter, do you just pop another collet on or do you just run 1/2-colletted?
 

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I bought another set, I still might have a couple running around my shed. I can look if you want, if your not close to a dealer.
 

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broken in ones have the wear marks. new ones are waiting to get the wear marks. i prefer to never change them unless actually broken, which only happens when you let .003" or more under the closing shim. just be sure to put them back the same way.

:) chris
 
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