Don't try it with just an allen wrench !
You will just get frustrated, I just installed the HR1 risers a month back on the Strat, the large nut jobs on the bottom are the hard part, they are locked in place with some kind of locktight. I didn't need heat, just lots of leverage, tried a small pipe on the long handled allen wrench, no good, so changed over to a socket type allen head with a 1/2 drive long handled rachet, finally got them broken loose, I thought for sure I would strip out or break of the allen head bolts, but got them out, no stripping, and no heat, I do work with metal, allot, so have different idea's about the canned air use, Your not heating up the metal to expand then contract it, your heating it up to melt the locktight. This is probably what's getting people confused. Now here's a small lesson, for non metal fabricators. Metal does expand when heated to the right temps, read this as welding torch type heat, you do get a small bit with the propane torches, but not enough to do the expanding, and then you think you can cool it fast with canned air. Some may be succesfull, but here's what happens when you heat up steel, it gets bigger, and when it cools, it get smaller than it was before you heated it up, so what do you think happens if the part your heating is the female (nut) around a threaded bolt. Ask away, I can give more examples of this if your interested. If your removing a tight metal to metal fastener, you do want to heat it up and try removing it while being hot and still expanded. And I will shrink back to sometimes a smaller diameter than original when cooled, there are books written on this vary subject. different cooling methods, how to soften or harden the metals. How the heat effects the metals if your not heating it to the right temps. Or in some cases, heating it too much, normally this will ruin the hardness of the metal and the part would have to be replaced. Hope this will help someone out there Fighting with a stuborn bolt oneday.
Use a long handled rachet or long breaker bar, with a socketed alllen bit installed, and also a 6pt socket on another good sized rachet on the bottom nut. And mod carefully.
07 Stratoliner S with MS Batwing, MS lowers, Buck lowers, custom large trunk rack, King tourpack trunk, air horn, See me Now tail light and headlight pulser mods. Led lighting all over. Night rider tail light setup on the trunk.
Last edited by dcody40; 11-17-2011 at 03:08 PM.
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