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post #1 of 21 Old 09-07-2010, 11:02 PM Thread Starter
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installing skidplate - stuck at the sidestand

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I got a small problem. I'm trying to install a SW Mototech skidplate and I can't loosen the sidestand bolts for the love of it. It's just not working.

So what are your tricks to loosen them? I heard that this is quite common and you need excessive force...
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Big breaker bar + heat.

Really strong impact wrench.

That's all I got.

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I wrapped my wrench in a cloth and "tapped" it with a hammer.

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Big breaker bar + heat.

Really strong impact wrench.

That's all I got.
no space for an impact wrench since I got a center stand and have no impact wrench anyway
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I wrapped my wrench in a cloth and "tapped" it with a hammer.
tried this (wooden mallet) , no go. It's stuck...
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pipe

find a long pipe that fits over the end of your wrench.
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post #7 of 21 Old 09-08-2010, 12:43 AM
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Use a propane torch or a heat gun to heat up the bolts. There should be no need to use a breaker bar or a hammer! Once the factory locktite is sufficiently warmed up it should come undone with the use of a regular wrench. That's all I needed to install my skid plate.
Tip - tie your centre stand to the front wheel to prevent it from folding as you apply torque.
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Post I used a big electric impact..

240 ft/lbs capacity I think. Heat may help, that Jap loctite is strong stuff. I used a universal joint made especially for impact guns-6 point sockets. It was a bear. That bike was killed by a car and I will have to do it again eventually as money allows. Your local auto parts store may rent tools, the one here does. If not, try heat(consider the switch) and 6 point socket with a breaker. A second set of hands to keep the socket on might help. I have a cheater pipe about 6 feet long, but a 2nd set of hands is a must with that. Good luck.
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Use a propane torch or a heat gun to heat up the bolts. There should be no need to use a breaker bar or a hammer! Once the factory locktite is sufficiently warmed up it should come undone with the use of a regular wrench. That's all I needed to install my skid plate.
Tip - tie your centre stand to the front wheel to prevent it from folding as you apply torque.
great tip about tieing the front wheel.

I'm afraid about using a torch, since I heard it weakens the steel and only want todo this as last resort.
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I'm afraid about using a torch, since I heard it weakens the steel and only want todo this as last resort.
I think you may be at the last resort stage, but that's okay. You are not going to heat the metal hot enough to 'glow' it. Just get a pencil torch and put it on the bolt. The goal is to flow the Locktite, not get the metal to a bendy state.

One thing you could try first.... Go for a long ride; maybe an hour or so, the motor may transfer enough heat into the bolt to soften the Locktite some.

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