New to forum/ stripped headbolt
Hello everyone! I've been a reader of this forum for a while but this is my first time posting. I tried to post to the technical forums but got a message saying my account was restricted? Anyways I have a 1997 Honda shadow spirit and it is currently leaking oil from one of the bolts on top of the rear cylinder. I tried to tighten it and it seems that either the bolt or head is stripped because it will turn and appear to be getting tighter, then all of a sudden feel loose again. Im guessing it is the head which is stripped because it is made of aluminum, but I cant remove the bolt to check because it is so long that it hits the frame of the bike before I can remove it. I have everything off the motor in order to drop it from the frame, but I was wondering if you guys have any suggestions on things I could do without stripping down the whole motor to helicoil that thread, as thats a bit more work than I would like to do. I attached pictures with the wrench on the bolt in question, right next to the coolant pipe. Really appreciate the help as this has been stressing me all winter.