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**** you, rear fender bolt!

Even with everything I've read about these I still managed to strip one. I was so careful, got three just fine and the last one I've rounded out completely. Spent two hours trying to get it out. Guess I'll be off to the hardware store today to find an extractor of some sort. Any recommendations?

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What do you mean about Santa? He's the one who brought me the 750 in December! :-)
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Can you use vice grips on it? I don't know why they torque those bolts down so effing tight on those things.....a little Locktite and a snug should suffice....

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I had to torch the allen after inserting allen end into bolt head. that worked really good. just don't over heat the allen.
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And that, my friends, is why you get the dealer to do these installs! You know it's something simple, that you can do, but reading these posts, a number of the bolts received "red" Loctite, and NOT the "blue", so some are near impossible to remove.

If the dealer "F's" it up, strips a bolt, or breaks it, then THEY have to replace the parts (bolts, or whatever) at their cost. let them drill out the broken piece on they're time, while I sit in the HD Lounge drinking coffee!

A LOT less frustration!

Come to think of it, I better get my rear rack ordered so they can install it! LOL
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An easy out will work ..I was lucky and all mine came out but one. I agree with 10-4 but if your like me and the closest dealer is 50 miles away and you work 90% of the time...Well I just took the chance ..good luck
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We took a hammer and punch to it 3-4 times, then drilled the head off and unscrewed it with pliers.

You want shotgun when I drive to Kansas and kick the Loctite guy's ass?
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Even with everything I've read about these I still managed to strip one. I was so careful, got three just fine and the last one I've rounded out completely. Spent two hours trying to get it out. Guess I'll be off to the hardware store today to find an extractor of some sort. Any recommendations?
Harley-Davidson has been over-torquing these bolts during assembly. They can often defy even an impact/hammer wrench and strip out during attempted removal. If that occurs follow the following simple steps.

1. Drill the bolt head off. Use caution and a drill bit size the same diameter as the bolt.
2. Drill a smaller hole down the shank of the bolt to fit an E-Z-Out.
3. Remove the bolt shank with the E-Z-Out. It should come out easily because there's no tension on the threads.
4. Buy a replacement bolt for re-assembly, use a thread locking compound like Loctite, and DON'T over-torque when re-installing.

This bolt is in “shear” (the load is across the diameter of the bolt) and not “tension” (where the load is against the threads and head of the bolt) so torque really isn't all that important. Mostly it just to keep the bolt from falling out.




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I had the same issue. I just drilled the dam head off the bolt removed the parts I could then used a pair of channel locks to remove the bolt by first tightening then loosening. Then waited two weeks for replacement bolts that had red loctite on them.
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How would I drill the bolt head off without damaging the fairing?


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