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post #1 of 26 Old 09-25-2010, 06:29 PM Thread Starter
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So I was trying to install some knuckle guards today and when I went to place the long screw into the handlebar weight and spacer I apparently pushed the nut all the way to where the handlebar starts to bend downward. I tried the old clothes hanger and I also went and bought a magnet on a stick. Neither or which worked. I can see it with a flash light and maybe I need to get a stronger magnet. Anyone have any insight on how to get this thing out. Maybe I just need to replace the nut??? TIA.
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post #2 of 26 Old 09-25-2010, 06:33 PM
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Next time, don't loosen the screw more than 1/2". The entire assembly will wiggle out. You can take off the other side and run compressed air or a flexible shaft through the bar.

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Three possible options:
- Remove handlebars and shake them (or tilt the bike).
- Blow it out with compressed air from the other side.
- Push it out from the other side using a snake-like tool.

In the future, if you are not sure of how something works, research it before taking it apart. This site is full of people who had the same thing happen to them.
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post #4 of 26 Old 09-26-2010, 01:43 AM Thread Starter
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Yeah well the title probably says it all. I was trying to do it before work for a ride tomorrow. I was even watching a video on youtube where two guys did the exact same thing I did. Thanks for the advice. I'll try and blow it out tomorrow. Grey Wolf as always much appreciated.
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post #5 of 26 Old 09-26-2010, 01:50 AM
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a fella could monkey around for a while, but if you have the crash bars, throw down a blanket and lay the bike down. it's not like a strom hasn't kissed every kind of surface anyway, it will likely survive just fine

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Not sure what you used for a felx tool, but I would recommend a length of clear pvc hose from Lowes, costs pennies a foot, and comes in a staggering array of dimensions. Find a small magnet at say the pickbins there in Lowes or at a True Value, one that fits into or can be attached to the hose.

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I'm not sure that the nut inside the handlebar is attracted to magnets...
Even if it were, wouldn't the fact that the magnet is attracted to the bars interfere with the whole retrieval operation? (I'm assuming the bars are steel).
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post #8 of 26 Old 09-26-2010, 03:03 PM
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I just did this a few weeks ago. I took a telescoping magnet, extended it fully and smashed it flat at each extension point. It flexed enough to get to the nut. I tried it without smashing the telescoping portion and it just closed at the bend. Live and learn.

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post #9 of 26 Old 09-28-2010, 08:32 PM Thread Starter
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So I used my compressor to push the nut out and I thought I was in business. I wasn't...... So it appears that I have stripped out each nut. When I go to install the new bolt with the spacer and weight attached it spins and feels as though it is getting tighter. Then right as I go to tork it down it just keeps spinning. I tried just threading a bolt into it by itself and it threads but with little pressure it pulls right back out and the nut stays in place. So I threw a couple of bolts I had laying around into the original set up without the hand guards on. These are stainless and would still probably pull out but I think they'll hold for the time being.
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A fourth option to remove the nut:
I thoroughly embarrassed myself and asked my neighbours for their help to lift up my bike, tip it nearly upside down and shake out the lost nut.
Quick, simple and easy if you embarrass yourself to enough people.

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