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Has anyone else had problems with hex screws

I seem to keep striping all for the heads of the screws. Is it just me or is their a trick to not strip them?
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Try using a New Screwdriver. Craftsman, Snap-on. No HF junk. The other thing is, Japanese bikes use a JIS(Japanese Industrial Screw) which I am told is not the same as a standard Philips.

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They are METRIC not SAE.....you'll get close , but close enough with SAE



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I seem to keep striping all for the heads of the screws. Is it just me or is their a trick to not strip them?


I'd bet these are made in china, using cheap softer metals. IMO
I'd try to find American made hex screws. (if you can find them)


the last 5-10 yrs or so I have noticed especially on the big box stores a downward trend in the quality of nails and screws, and all types of hardware....all while the prices has risen a lot!


the markets are now nearly exclusively china made on everything.
try buying a microwave built in the U.S. or most anything else, it's now impossible....it's all made in china....tools, electronics...etc...
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It doesn't matter where it's made, just the quality with which they make it. I've got two Allen bolts that want to strip, but I'm pretty sure someone used heavy duty thread locker on bolts that didn't need it.
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I think you mean hex bolts, not screws. Semantics, but important semantics.

Make sure you use Metric, not SAE, you will strip the heads otherwise. Don't use a hex key, get a solid hex-head socket set.
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I've got two Allen bolts that want to strip, but I'm pretty sure someone used heavy duty thread locker on bolts that didn't need it.
That's a definite problem, mate
It appears they used the 'Solid Set' Thread Lock on **** near every bolt...
My local service tech said they have personally had to help 1 customer out who wrecked some bolts on his(not sure where) that were un necessarily 'Thread Locked'
I, also noticed this when doing some of my mods

I do concede that, it is better to have them locked, than to have them fall out when riding.....

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I went out and bought new tools. Just need to get the air filter screw out and get a new one haha
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