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Oil Drain Plug?

So I was changing oil when the socket finished rounding off the corners of the top of the bolt. So I went down to the local Suzuki dealer and a new plugs takes five days to get here. I then went to a hardware store and they carry a much higher quality plug. It is a 12MM 1.25 so the thread is an exact match, only problem is it is half the length.

Question is does the length matter, also does the metal type matter?

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It should still be ok. I thought the stock plug was pretty long the first time I changed the oil.
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Question is does the length matter

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Ask your S.O. Seriously, the length of the oil plug shouldn't matter.

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There's a crush washer on the old bolt. Transfer it to the new one. It serves as both a gasket and a lock washer. If you can't reuse it you can order one from any on-line OEM parts house or maybe find one at NAPA.

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The new plug is an automobile oil plug with a rubber fabric type washer. Would it be better to use the Suzuki washer or the new washer that came with the plug. I did order the Suzuki plug as a backup plan. I just didn't want to wait 5 days.

I know this is a simple question I just didn't want to leave all my oil on the road if the shorter plug vibrated out or something. I couldn't figure out why Suzuki used such a long oil drain plug. You would think they had a good reason....

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The new plug is an automobile oil plug with a rubber fabric type washer. Would it be better to use the Suzuki washer or the new washer that came with the plug. I did order the Suzuki plug as a backup plan. I just didn't want to wait 5 days.

I know this is a simple question I just didn't want to leave all my oil on the road if the shorter plug vibrated out or something. I couldn't figure out why Suzuki used such a long oil drain plug. You would think they had a good reason....
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Try to use the Suzuki washer but if it's mangled beyond use the new one will get you by.

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Ask your S.O.
I did ask her and she said that both oil plugs are way too short....

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I would temporarily use the one you just got but I would suggest you get a magnetic plug for installation at next oil service.
I'll post again in a bit when I locate the link where I got mine a few years ago. It is good quality and I recall that they are sized (thread and length) for each bike make/model.
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Just make sure you watch under the bike closely every time you get ready to ride it and verify there is no oil spot beneath it.

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