Re: striped bolts
If I had to hazzard a guess, I'd say you've got a 2 stroke. And I'm betting the bolt stripping problem is just simply a property of having an aluminum case, jug, and head. It's too easy to gang up on these things when they get you flustered, then you start to forget they're only aluminum.
I suppose it could also be a flaw in the casting too. But if it keeps happening, then you're letting the engine get to you - while you still have a wrench in your hand. I can tell when I'm getting heavy-handed. That's about the time I seek out my long-neck friend Samuel Adams, or maybe take a romp in the Hoegaarden.
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