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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-30-2007, 09:32 PM Thread Starter
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Installing the luggage rack - removing screws

Just got the luggage rack, the first part of the install is removing the turn signals and helmet locks. Well, even with copious amounts of WD-40, the screws wouldn't budge, and now I've stripped the screw heads. What to do? Try to drill out the old screws, and put in new ones?

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Did you strip the heads of both the turn signals and helmet locks, or just one? Doesn't really matter, I suppose, although the helmet lock screws seem to be really soft. Can you grab any fraction of the heads with some pliers? I've had no luck with bolt-out things (trust me, went through a number of manufacturers), but if you can get a hold of some piece of the screw, pull it out, and just replace it you'll be fine.

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Why do you need to remove the helmet locks and turnsignals for a Luggage rack.
I didn't on mine.

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I'm guessing s/he means saddlebag brackets, not the Kaw luggage rack, per se.

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Yes, saddlebag brackets, sorry for the confusion.
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Yes, saddlebag brackets, sorry for the confusion.
No problem! Any luck getting a hold of any of the screw heads with pliers?

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Try to slot the screw with a Dremel tool and use a flat head. Happens on carb screws alot.
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The helmet locks screws are stopped with blue loctite (to avoid any helmet steal...). You need an impact driver (or a pneumatic tool) to unscrew them. That's the only way to do it. If you stripped the heads, you can try to redo a print using a dremel, and then use an impact driver....
When relocating the helmet locks on the saddlebags rack, I did not use the nilstop nuts provided. Instead, I used standard nuts, cut the exceeding screw with a metal saw, and stopped the nut/screw with a hammer hit...
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JIS phillips head. The problem with screws stripping is from the difference in head design between Japanese and American/European tools. Check it out at:
www.amessupply.com or www.katun.com
I have been trying to order a whole set, but a few are on back order from Ames. http://www.amessupply.com/products1....DE&fid=1404070
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Finally got the screws out. Had to drill them out, then use a screw remover. Also borrowed a friend's dremel, that helped on one, made it wide enough for a slotted screwdriver.

So, the luggage rack is installed. Next task, reread the threads about installing the wingrack and givi hard bags. Got them, just need to mount them to the luggage rack. Yet another trip to the hardware store for more stuff.
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