Join Date: Sep 2016
Location: Northern Virginia
Which Heli-coil Kit Do I Need?
Today I was adjusting the belt keeper (Ariens calls them fingers) on my 2017 Ariens Deluxe 24 (921045). No problem loosening the bolts holding the keeper in place and got the keeper set with the proper clearance to the belt (1/8" or less and not touching the keeper). Loosely tightened down one bolt, then moved to the second one and got it snugged down, but not tight. Went back to the first bolt and snugged it down to hold the keeper in place. Then back to the second bolt which I started snugging down and suddenly it let go before it was even snug. Seems to have stripped the threads in the block.
Now I'm looking for a heli-coil kit to repair it. The Ariens part document shows the bolt that holds the finger/keeper as a .31-24 x .75 GR5 bolt. Is a 5/16-24 the correct heli-coil kit to use or do I need to go to a larger size? Any cautions or helpful info that one of you can provide?
2017 Ariens 921045 (Deluxe 24)