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post #1 of 10 Old 04-23-2008, 01:28 PM Thread Starter
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Color Matched Nuts and Bolts

Sorry about the lack of beautiful pictures.....this is my first.

I want all of my nuts, bolts, screws, etc. to match my bike. 07 Vee, black in color, and I can NOT stand the shiny bolts in the black paint. Has anyone dealt with this issue and what did you do?

Is it possible I am the only person owning a Strom who is this OCD? (I chose not to use the word anal for a reason.)
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post #2 of 10 Old 04-23-2008, 02:25 PM
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What I would recommend, and I'm as anal as they come, as to get a GOOD black permanent maker and color them. Be careful, and it should work out fine. Do them off the bike, let them dry, then touch up the middle after reinstalling them.

Worse case, take the marker off with some rubbing alcohol.

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You could also replace them with black ones from Ace or any other hardware store. You just need to undo one and take it with you to make sure you have the right diameter and thread pitch.

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You could also replace them with black ones from Ace or any other hardware store. You just need to undo one and take it with you to make sure you have the right diameter and thread pitch.
Many times the black ones from the hardware store end up rusting. I'd rather have a bunch of silver bolts than black rusted ones.

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Many times the black ones from the hardware store end up rusting.
That's true; choose carefully.

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+1 the bolts from ace will rust... I have a few

Here is an option for you to consider... you would need to go buy a good ruler and a thread gage but you can buy them by the piece here

http://www.bikebolts.com/Hardware/HARDWARE.htm
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Try going to a sporting goods or gun store and see if you can get some bluing compound.
I got bluing compound in a pen size applicator that I use for touch ups on my rifles. Bluing is somewhat of a misnomer since the color is more black than blue.
I don't know if it will work on strom bolts but it could be a cheap try.
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post #8 of 10 Old 04-24-2008, 08:43 AM Thread Starter
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Damn good ideas

Thanks for the idea......i am leaning towards the bluing compound......and then the marker......and then if i have to.......bolt by bolt. But the first two are free of charge.....just a little pain, taking the time.....Thanks again.
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You could also mask off the surrounding paint, and try putting some black nail polish on them. Only issue with that would be filling up the driver hole with paint.

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Be careful of bolt tensile strengh specs if you change the frame bolts...

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