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post #1 of 4 Old 10-29-2008, 12:08 AM Thread Starter
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Need help installing crash bars

Hey Guys,
I recently purchased and received some Fehling crash bars that I began to install the other day. When I tried to remove the 6mm hex bolt from the frame, the damn hex socket snapped in half and the bolt didn't even budge.
So today, I buy new hex sockets and try the whole process over again. This time, I'm paying close attention and I can feel the hex socket starting to fatigue and give. WTF? Does the factory use red loctite on these bolts?
So before I break another hex socket, do any of you guys have a better way of getting the damn hex bolt out without breaking the socket or the bolt itself?
Thanks for the help
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post #2 of 4 Old 10-30-2008, 03:04 AM
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Use a better quality tool, make sure you're rotating counter-clockwise and if all else fails, try a moderate tap with a ball-peen hammer (poor man's impact wrench). You're trying to breakfree a cheap bolt that probably has a little corrosion action going on.

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There probably is thread locker involved. Heat is the cure for that. It also helps with corrosion but those bolts are stainless steel and that should not be a problem.

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Thanks for your replies. I just found the post in the maintenence section regarding this exact problem. If I'd known that this was a relatively common problem, I would have done a search.
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