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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 08-10-2018, 12:43 AM Thread Starter
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Advice on unscrewing super tight bolts

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My first post! New CMX500 arrived in my drive this week. I’m just getting around to removing the pillion seat and foot pegs, however they are bolted on so tight!

Any advice on how to unfasten them without doing any damage to the allen key, bolt or (!) bike?

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I had to use a 2' breaker bar and you will need a set of metric Allen Sockets. If that doesn't bust loose the first one that you attempt, try a soldering iron with the the tip cleaned and placed in the very center of the Allen bolt. If you have any hearing left you may be able to hear when the thread sealer sizzle when it breaks loose.

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Use a 1/2" ratchet with a good hex bit socket.


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Hi all

My first post! New CMX500 arrived in my drive this week. Iím just getting around to removing the pillion seat and foot pegs, however they are bolted on so tight!

Any advice on how to unfasten them without doing any damage to the allen key, bolt or (!) bike?

Cheers
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I did what Kenny did- breaker bar and metric Allen sockets.

For things that are really stuck I break out my air wrench.

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I did what Kenny did- breaker bar and metric Allen socket.
Thanks folks. Now to convince my wife to let me buy more tools (after bike purchase)
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Harbor freight. Impact set. 1/2" drive. Allen socket set. Cheap as **** and last forever. Don't buy a rachet from them. Get a base model from home Depot or Lowe's Kobalt/ Rigid/HDX and boom, you can now do 95% of required maintenance.

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NOT to pick on you but, why did you ask for these things if you didnt want them - or is the bike NOT new?
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NOT to pick on you but, why did you ask for these things if you didnt want them - or is the bike NOT new?
I didnít ask they just come on the new bike mate.
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Harbor freight. Impact set. 1/2" drive. Allen socket set. Cheap as **** and last forever. Don't buy a rachet from them. Get a base model from home Depot or Lowe's Kobalt/ Rigid/HDX and boom, you can now do 95% of required maintenance.

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I think I'm going to have to invest in an impact wrench myself. I'm currently waiting for my neighbor to get home so I can borrow his. I need to adjust my chain (it's about 1/8" too much slack), and I tried for 30 minutes to loosen that axle nut and it won't budge! When I got my rear tire replaced they really torqued that nut down!



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I really hope I'm not the only one that's confused as **** right now. The US Rebel comes with a two piece screwdriver, 5mm hex key, and fuse puller. The "rest" of the toolkit is standard everywhere else but the US. If you have a bolt that is tough to get out, none of that stuff is going to help. You need leverage. You need a breaker bar.

You said the bike was in your driveway and then you said you need to get the bike first. Either English isn't your first language or it isn't mine. I feel like I have early onset Alzheimer's over here.

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