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Self Inflicted Catastrophic Failure. :(

Hey guys, New to the forum and wasn't sure where to place this but I have a mechanically sad story to share and looking for some advice.

I picked up my New (left over 2015) ninja 300 about a year ago. Great little machine... when she worked. I had a total fail moment and wasn't sure if anyone else has had the misfortune of running into the same problem.

So the back story, I'm in my mid twenties. Fairly mechanically inclined. Do most of the work on my own vehicles and have changed the oil on the family cars since before I could drive. So I felt absolutely comfortable and confident in my ability to change the oil on my little green bike.

Evidently I was very wrong. I did everything by the book. New washer, proper torque specs and yet somehow after 2,500 otherwise perfectly smooth running miles since the last change THE DRAIN PLUG DECIDED TO JUMP SHIP ON THE HIGHWAY!!!!

So it's night time and I've been on the highway for about an hour when I start to think the engine is sounding a little noisy. Didn't think too much of it at the time but then all of a sudden i lurch a bit forward with a massive drop in power, THEN the oil light comes on but I knew already the damage was done the second I saw that. Pulled the clutch in and instantly the engine seized. Luckily I had the sense to hold the clutch in and coast to the side of the road. It wasn't till I got to the side of the road that I realized what happened. (and thanked my lucky stars my oil slicked tire didn't decide to send me to the ground on an unlit highway)

So I guess the point of this thread is to ask if anyone else has heard of an drain plug just backing out on them? Especially after such a long time without any leaking or dripping. And if anyone knows where to shop for another engine to drop in. I was pretty bummed to say the least as the bike doesn't have a single cosmetic defect, and only had 5,500 miles on it when this happened.

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Google it to see. Sounds like you did it all right. One of my military jets runs a total loss oiling system. Oil comes out of the tank and lubricates the turbine bearing then it goes out via the exhaust. Not back to the oil tank for another pass. You best ass watch that oil tank. Every 10 hours.
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In my 4+ years on the forum, that's the first time I've heard of that happening. As for a new engine, if you can't source one locally, you can get them on eBay. They're all typically from bikes that have been totaled out by insurance companies - unfortunately, given the MSRP on the Ninja 300, it doesn't take a lot for an insurance company to write them off as a loss.

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The drain bolt coming undone on its own is highly unusual. The low oil pressure warning light also let you down(it should have come on much earlier).

I once saw a Ninja 300(at the service centre) with a missing drain bolt because the owner had scraped the sump really hard on a poorly designed speed hump. I guess the bolt just stripped the threads & dropped off.

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I've certainly heard of drain plugs coming out, but just not on this bike. That doesn't mean it can't happen.

You're lucky it didn't coat the rear tyre and throw you off the bike. Look on the bright side.
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Since this is such a rare occurance but the consequences are devastating, would drilling and wiring the had of the drain bolt be a good idea?

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Since this is such a rare occurance but the consequences are devastating, would drilling and wiring the had of the drain bolt be a good idea?

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I tighten my drain bolt pretty well, past whatever is recommended. If I were going to do just the recommended torque, I'd safety wire it just for peace of mind.
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I've never had a oil bolt back out, or even a filter come loose. Why?

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Very unlikely to happen so long after the oil change.

My (rather depressing) suspicion: SABOTAGE.
Maybe someone did a nasty on you and your bike, and loosened the drain bolt? Where were you before entering the highway, and was the bike unattended earlier in the evening?
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I've had bolts back out after thousands of miles. 1 was a shifter bolt on my CBR which had around 5k miles at the time. Another was a shifter bolt on my Monster which had around 6k miles. Then my brake pedal bolt on the Monster backed out a few thousand miles after that. I ended up safety wiring the Monster's bolts after that experience.
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