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post #1 of 7 Old 07-01-2006, 07:03 AM Thread Starter
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Stuck Bolt

Got a minor problem. There is a Phillips-head bolt (not a hex-head!) at the front of the side pod (the painted panel opposite the one that has the rear brake master cylinder behind it) that I cannot get to budge. About all I've manage to do so far is to slightly round off the edges of the slots. I tried some WD-40, I tried a wrench on the screwdriver, and I tried tapping it with a small hammer. Short of grinding the head off the bolt does anyone have any tips on getting it out? I really hate Phillips-headed bolts!

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post #2 of 7 Old 07-01-2006, 07:12 AM
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Maybe a few taps on it with an impact driver would free it?

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Good idea and sure worth a try. I don't have one but I bet Sears or lowes does

Thanks for the tip.

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No problem with the idea. Its current for me because I'm heading out today to buy one in hopes that I'll be able to get my chain guard off without rounding out the screws any further. :wink:

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post #5 of 7 Old 07-01-2006, 07:26 AM Thread Starter
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Yeah, I noticed that that one is stuck to but I wasn't worried about it at the time

I just looked on the Sears site and Craftsman does carry one. The price listed was $24.99 so I guess I'll head for Sears in a bit.

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Impact driver usually works pretty well. If the screw gets very badly damaged, you can try to grind a straight slot in the head with a dremel and use a straight blade screw driver.

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Impact driver usually works pretty well. If the screw gets very badly damaged, you can try to grind a straight slot in the head with a dremel and use a straight blade screw driver.
Yeah, I just hated to grind on it. The red-painted cowling is right underneath and I'm not the most coordinated person in the world with a Dremel. They tend to get away from me pretty easily

I picked up an impact driver at Sears and it worked like a charm. Bolt is out, pod is off, life is good

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