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I'm struggling getting off the fender bolts. I've tried 6mm and 5.5 mm Hex Allen wrenches and some liquid wrench to no avail. I'm now at the limits of my mechanical skill.:|
 

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Try a ratched wrench and stick a metal pipe over the end to extend the length.

Getting the screws back in is not a nice job either.
 

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The one the top of the fender that you need to remove to install some racks.
If you have a soldering iron, clean the tip off good with sandpaper and steel wool. When the tip is clean heat the iron up and place the hot tip in the center of the Allen socket. If it is quiet you may be able to hear a sizzle when the thread locker lets go. I broke the first bolt off on the side of my fender using a 3' long breaker bar on an Allen Socket. After drilling the broken one out I then heated the rest of them with a soldering iron before using the socket & breaker bar. The bolts on the top of the fender, and side of the fender really squeaked when I broke them loose. When examining the underside of the heads of the bolts I think I detected clear thread locker.

Kenny G
 

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I have a manual impact driver (the kind you hit with a hammer) but that did nothing. I know its a 6mm Allen but I really can't get it in. I have a 5.5 mm and that goes in but I'm afraid of stripping it. I'll try again tonight. I bought the Hepco and Becker and maybe someday I'll be able to install it. :crying: I may have to break down and finally buy an impact driver. Any suggestions in that regard? I have no pneumatic tools so it will probably be electric.
 

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I have a manual impact driver (the kind you hit with a hammer) but that did nothing. I know its a 6mm Allen but I really can't get it in. I have a 5.5 mm and that goes in but I'm afraid of stripping it. I'll try again tonight. I bought the Hepco and Becker and maybe someday I'll be able to install it. :)
Steve,

If you do strip the socket find a Torx bit the will almost fit and tap that into the socket and then with a long breaker bar you should be able to get the bolt out and then promptly throw it in the garbage can.

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I have a manual impact driver (the kind you hit with a hammer) but that did nothing. I know its a 6mm Allen but I really can't get it in. I have a 5.5 mm and that goes in but I'm afraid of stripping it. I'll try again tonight. I bought the Hepco and Becker and maybe someday I'll be able to install it. :crying: I may have to break down and finally buy an impact driver. Any suggestions in that regard? I have no pneumatic tools so it will probably be electric.
I like to keep my electric tools the same. Menards masterforce brand works great and can be had relatively cheap.
 

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What is a good brand of electric impact driver to purchase?

I do have a small Porter Cable Air Compressor.

Kenny G
 
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