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Bolt Holes rusty

I need to put my sissy bar back on my bike and I noticed the bolt holes are a little rusty. I know, how rusty? Rusty enough to warrant a cleaning before putting things back in order. Anyone suggest a method to do this? Is there a product out there? I'll pick up a wire brush.

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Holes rusty? To clean out holes I use a dowel or bolt smaller than the hole, tape a piece of fine sandpaper to it and chuck it in a drill. Stick it in the hole and spin it long enough to wipe out the rust.

A dremel tool with the right tip works too. If the hole is small I just roll a piece of abrasive paper into a tube that fits the hole and spin it by hand.

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After ya brush/sand away as much of the rust as you can and clean it up, it helps to brush some of this neutralizer on it...acts kinda like a primer.
http://www.amazon.com/Henkel-235285-...rust+treatment

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I usually spray the hole with pb blaster and let it si a day or twp i then spray it again then use the bolt as a thread cleaner.usually works fine for me,as long as it's not super rusty

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You could also clean it out with a tap of the same size. Spray a little pb blaster as suggested then feed the tap in by hand. Wiggle around a bit and you should be set. A little bit of anti seize can help prevent that from happening again.

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You could also clean it out with a tap of the same size. Spray a little pb blaster as suggested then feed the tap in by hand. Wiggle around a bit and you should be set. A little bit of anti seize can help prevent that from happening again.
Have done that too just don't currently have any taps.think my brother has em.lol

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There are thread chasers made specifically for this job. Cheaper and more durable than taps.
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PB blaster is amazing stuff if you give it time to work. I got a cheap tap & die set at Harbor Freight and it has been well worth the $20-30.

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Unless they are really bad, a high quality bolt, and any kind of light lubricant, including WD-40 should work fine. Soak the bolt and hole, get it started in the threads, then turn it back and forth, turning it just a little more each time. Use 8.8 or better bolts. Hardware store bolts will get chewed up, and in turn chew up the threads on the bike.

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Holes rusty? To clean out holes I use a dowel or bolt smaller than the hole, tape a piece of fine sandpaper to it and chuck it in a drill. Stick it in the hole and spin it long enough to wipe out the rust.

A dremel tool with the right tip works too. If the hole is small I just roll a piece of abrasive paper into a tube that fits the hole and spin it by hand.
Sorry....the above was under the assumption that the holes were not threaded.....as this wasn't made clear.
Yes a thread chaser or tap would work...but some PB blaster and a QTip likely bee good too...as the piece is aluminum isn't it? The rust would be from the bolt..

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