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How can you remove a stripped bolt? - May 18, 2006, 02:23 PM

Hey guys, I installed a gel seat on my sv650s last week and when doing so must have torqued the bolt that holds the frame cover pretty hard. When trying to loosen it so I can install a fender eliminator I accidently used an allen wrench that was one-size too small. Since the bolt was torqued pretty hard, while trying to untorque it I stripped the bolt. I tried using needle nose's to grip it on the outside, but like I said, the torque is too much. I tried drilling a screw into it, , but it barely dented it. I was thinking of taking it into champions or coleman's and seeing if they had some tool to remove it before I try ripping off the fram cover and using a C clamp.

Anyone have any ideas I should try? The bolt is not easy access as you can see from this pic.
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May 18, 2006, 02:30 PM

Two ideas:

1) A dremel to cut a slit in the head of the screw for a flat headed screw driver (looks like the head is recessed, probably hard in this case)

2) Go to a hardware store and buy yourself a set of Easy Outs.

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May 18, 2006, 02:37 PM

E-Z-Outs(screw extractors) have definitely helped me several times as I am notorious for stripping bolts. You should be able to find them at home depot / lowes / any hardware store.. You're going to need to drill into the bolt with a 7/16th bit or around there to create a home for the ezout.. Once you put the easy out in there, you "unscrew" it.. The threads on the ezout are reversed, so as you're trying to back out the screw - the ezout is actually digging deeper into the screw getting a better grip on it..

Hope that made sense. If not, go get an ezout and read the instructions.. lol It will do the trick..


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May 18, 2006, 02:49 PM

yes, the easy outs work great.

if they don't you can drill and re-tap which is always fun, drilling into your new bike's frame (i know this from experience)


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May 18, 2006, 02:50 PM

All of the above will work and also I used a chisle (very carefully) with a hammer to cut a new groove and then loosen.
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May 18, 2006, 03:20 PM

Get the easy out and this being a stripped out allen bolt just tap a slightly bigger easyout in and try it. If that doesn't work, drill into the bolt the correct size drill bit, tap in the easy out and remove. If you take it to the dealer they will do the same thing and you will pay at least an hour or two for labor. Your choice. If you do it yourself and the easy out doesn't work, drill off just the head of the bolt, remove the panel to get clearance, and grab what's left of the bolt with a pair of vice grips and remove it like that.
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May 18, 2006, 03:25 PM

can i pick these easy outs up at advanced auto parts?
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probably. you can also get them at any plain old hardware store.


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They have them at auto parts stores, hardware stores and even walmart has them.
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If its a Harley just ride it. It will fall out eventually.


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When you buy a Harley make sure you get the lifetime supply of red locktite and the bag they put behind the horses to collect the droppings as they walk.
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Let me know how that easy out stuff works. Because I was taking off my windshield the other day to clean it and when screwing it back in place I somehow broke the head of the screw off....stupid plastic screws. I've been told just to drill it out but i don't have the balls just yet to take a drill to my bike. but if someone wants to do it for me, then by all means
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I am pretty sure those plastic screws go into a rubber boot with a nut at the end. If you take the windshield off you might be able to see the rubber boot. You should be able to just pull out the rubber boot out with a pair of pliars or push it all the way through and replace it. Should never have to drill those out, it's not even a real bolt.
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Did you strip the bolt or the head of the bolt? Sears sells the good extractors.
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well...the screw itself isn't stripped...but the head of the screw is definitely no longer attached...
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