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post #1 of 7 Old 07-05-2012, 12:28 PM Thread Starter
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Tool to remove Hepco Becker crash bars?

Well, made an attempt to replace my Throttle Position Sensor on my "Vee". First off, my previous maintenance experience is with a 2 stroke dirt bike, an '85 Honda VT500 Ascot, and my '06 Triumph Thruxton; The Vee caused some frustration.

I think I was on my way except that I believe my Hepco Becker crash bars (installed by the previous owner) were installed using thread locker (loc tite). I had 2 problems: 1. removing the allen bolts without stripping them. Getting enough torque to actually turn them. 2. Getting to the bolts, the bars are in the way of themselves!

Does anyone have any tips for a tool that can reach in there and get the torque I need? Any tips for breaking the loc-tite?

Also, any links to adjusting and replacing the TPS with pics would be great! I did search, and couldn't really find the comprehensive step-by-step procedure with pictures (for example adjusting the TPS mentions a torx, but I didn't see such an adjuster. Maybe if I had actually been able to get to it, I may have seen it.) Thanks in advance for any help!
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Heat defeats Loctite. A soldering iron in the hex socket is one way to deliver it. A torx security T2.5 bit is required to work with the TPS bolt.

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For the bars, I use a metric allen key socket that fits on my 3/8' socket wrench. I either use a 6 or 12 inch extension to reach. Or if I really need the torque to break the loctite loose, I use the socket allen key, a 3 or 6 inch extension to reach and on my 24 inch breaker bar.

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Thanks for the responses! The soldering iron is a great tip! I think I will pick up a socket allen as well, since my T-Handles just don't seem to be doing the trick.
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Don't forget the "Security" Bit for the TPS. A normal torx bit will not fit it. I bought mine at Harbor Frieght. Less than $10 for a set of the bit's.

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Why do you need to take the bars loose to reach the TPS?

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Why do you need to take the bars loose to reach the TPS?
You need to loosen H-B bars to take off the cowls.

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