Installing stainless bolts

Discussion in 'Sportster Models' started by sportyXL06, May 7, 2011.

  1. sportyXL06

    sportyXL06 Member

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    Hope I am in the right spot been awhile I am installing polished stainless bolts on my 1200 sporty . On the tranny cover and drive cover any recomendations on what I should put on bolts if anything ! was told anti seize and blue loc tite don't really know which one to use any opinions some help would be greatly appreciated
     
  2. Dswartz

    Dswartz Active Member

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    You really need to get yourself a service manual. The manual will tell you exactly what to put on and how much of it to use. For cover bolts I'm sure it will call for blue loc-tite but just check the manual for your specific bike.
     
  3. kemo

    kemo R.I.P

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    I am thinking that you should coat the threads with anti seize and torque to spec.
    Ken
     
  4. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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    I hope you are aware that the SS bolts do not have the same hardness scale as the standard grade 8 bolts especially where used in a high stress area.
     
  5. HarryB737

    HarryB737 Junior Member

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    On covers that require periodic maintenance ie "Derby" covers I use anti-seize. On other areas as Glider mentioned, use caution when choosing SS bolts, as these are not as strong.
     
  6. Crocker

    Crocker Active Member

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    Yes you were told rite when using SS bolts use anti sieze SS bolts will mar the threads .
     
  7. Bodeen

    Bodeen Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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    Not to mention that SS and aluminum do not play nice together and cause a reaction due to two dissimilar metals. Anything less than anti seize could be a problem IMO.

    Bodeen
     
  8. jetwrench

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    I agree with posts above but in my experience with hard and brittle fasteners like stainless, titanium etc. As long as you use some kind of anti-seize or loctite, which both are thread lubricants and corrosion inhibitors you will be just fine.
     
  9. Iceman24

    Iceman24 Well-Known Member

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    Is the OP just going for look, or is there a reason for swapping hardware? If it's look you're after - then get a set of "Hot Toppers" for your bolts - easier than changing everything out...JMO.
     
  10. sportyXL06

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    Thank you very much for your input guys I am going to go with blue loc tite on the bolts it's a sporty a little more vibration so why take the chance of any bolts loosening up. I was going to go with hot toppers but I have seen that on some of my friends bikes that when they had to take them off for repairs the bolt heads were severly corroded and they had a hard time removing them. So I will go with what I have for now