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    Restore or replace?

    Despite using ACF 50 (in retrospect not enough applied - lesson learned )
    several of the engine bolts have become "weathered " when the bike has been under the cover outside.

    Any tips on how to restore them to their former glory or shall I bite the bullet and buy all new ?

    Next winter I'm not gonna make the same mistake - custom bike shed being built by a mate who is a joiner

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    Lots of options, 1 - toothbrush and metal polish them (in situ) 2 - Take them out and do same, 3 - Take them out clean off and paint, 4 - Buy new stainless replacements, They only look lightly corroded if there worse than they look then wire brush take them out to do that. I would keep that bike oily ragged clean

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    Ok Percy,

    I'd replace the quick rot stock H-D fasteners with nice shiney stainless steel ones, you won't have to worry about corroding fasteners again.

    How do you feel about installing black stainless fasteners on your engine, I fitted them to my Iron, see image.


    IMG_20160526_231912.jpg

    If you're interested in black stainless steel fasteners, send me a PM.

    Cheers,

    Dave.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluenose-1956 View Post
    Ok Percy,

    I'd replace the quick rot stock H-D fasteners with nice shiney stainless steel ones, you won't have to worry about corroding fasteners again.

    How do you feel about installing black stainless fasteners on your engine, I fitted them to my Iron, see image.


    IMG_20160526_231912.jpg

    If you're interested in black stainless steel fasteners, send me a PM.

    Cheers,

    Dave.
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    Thanks Percy,

    I've responded to your message.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluenose-1956 View Post
    Ok Percy,

    I'd replace the quick rot stock H-D fasteners with nice shiney stainless steel ones, you won't have to worry about corroding fasteners again.

    How do you feel about installing black stainless fasteners on your engine, I fitted them to my Iron, see image.


    IMG_20160526_231912.jpg

    If you're interested in black stainless steel fasteners, send me a PM.

    Cheers,

    Dave.
    I agree. I've been coating the fasteners on my iron every few months with acf50. They still look good but it takes the elbow grease and a good bristle toothbrush.
    FTW )

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    I'd like a set of black stainless bolts too, is it a set per side or a set for both?. Where do I get them please?

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    Hello Not too old,

    I get my black stainless steel fasteners from Carbolts who are based here in Calderdale.

    Here are their contact details.

    Attachment 6716

    Here is a list of fasteners for 2004 - up Sportsters.

    Attachment 6717

    Carbolts normally sell their black stainless allen caps in packs of 10, the Sportster Primary Drive Cover uses 16 off 1/4" UNC x 2". Two packs of 10 costs £8.58, washers are available in packs of 20, 50 or 100. As their name suggests they mainly supply bolts for car enthusiasts, but they're now starting to supply UNC fasteners for Harley's.

    If you contact John and tell him you want an engine set for a Sportster, he will supply a kit for about £30 + £2.95 p&p.

    Please note that John doesn't stock button heads for the Derby Cover, I've used allen caps on mine, he also doesn't stock the countersunk screws for the Primary Drive Inspection Cover or the small button heads for the timing cover. If there is enough demand for these he will start stocking them.

    If you want further information from me about black stainless fasteners, please send me a PM.

    Here are black stainless fasteners on my 2011 Iron's Rocker boxes.

    Attachment 6718

    Cheers,

    Dave.
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    Thanks Dave, I'll order some in the morning! Did you need to use torque settings for them?

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    Ok Not so old,

    I didn't torque the engine case bolts, after 40 years of working on motorcycles you get a feeling when bolts are tight enough.

    Best to do one bolt at a time to avoid oil leaks, I put a smear of copper slip grease on the threads before installing them. You can torque yours if you'd prefer, just to be on the safe side.

    My mate borrowed my torque wrench to work on his Moto Guzzi, I'll have to get it back before he thinks it's his property.

    I only put black bolts on the black wrinkle finish, I put bright stainless on the polished tappet blocks.

    I have a spare set of black stainless allen caps for your Speedo Mount / Handlebar Clamp, if you want them just send me a PM and I'll post them to you f.o.c.

    Cheers,

    Dave.
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