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Hi again, I was installing a new set of plastics last night, and when it came down to putting the bolts in for the front tire cover, the bolt head snapped off. I tried to use a drill bit to start a hole and get an extractor on it but it didn't work. I called the local shop but they're booked until December, and this is just a pain in the ass. I can't even breathe without this bike screwing me over. Any advice or tips would be greatly appreciated.
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Geezus. Front tire cover??? You mean the front fender? :confused: How big was your electric screw gun that you used to cross-thread the bolt and break the head off???

You got a couple options to fix that. Install the front fender with the other 3 bolts and glue the broken head to the plastic to make it look like it's there.

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Get a small, sharp drillbit for drilling into metal and run that down into the bolt. The hole should be about half the diameter of the bolt. It needs to go in deep to get a good bite on the metal and then you can turn it out with the extractor. After you get it out, you'll have to chase the threads in the fork with a tap to clean and straighten the threads back out for a new bolt. Don't use a screw gun on the new bolt. It gets put in by hand with very little torque.
i was using an alan key to put them in. just put too much behind one and the head snapped. thanks for the help.
 

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I'm going what the hell is this guy going on about. Next thought does anyone else understand this dialect? next, looked at pic and thought, crap, gonna have to get off my ass to look at the bikes to see what that is as doesn't link to memory.

THEN Sky came along before the recliner exit. thx!

Finally, wth? why would anyone dork with plastics unless totally wasted? If we had a real net based upon privacy, .love to upload my plastics. Look good kinda close up, unless you're a tech guy. Nothing gets by them.
your comment did nothing, is this your way of letting off stress? maybe the old lady making you mad?
 

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I'm going what the hell is this guy going on about. Next thought does anyone else understand this dialect? next, looked at pic and thought, crap, gonna have to get off my ass to look at the bikes to see what that is as doesn't link to memory.

THEN Sky came along before the recliner exit. thx!

Finally, wth? why would anyone dork with plastics unless totally wasted? If we had a real net based upon privacy, .love to upload my plastics. Look good kinda close up, unless you're a tech guy. Nothing gets by them.
i was more confused by the last part of your reply than you were by my post, lay off the whiskey old man
 

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It was a humorous, sarcastic response that was valid. I'm not sure how you broke that bolt with just an Allen key myself. The bolts aren't that weak, so you must be jacked to do that.

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not sure if you remember but i was the dude who’s fairings flew away on a ride. instead of dropping close to 1k to replace those pieces i just bought a set of aftermarket race fairings. they come with the optional bolt kit to further customize so i went with those. they’re not the same bolts that are oem.
 
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