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Old 12-18-2012, 10:38 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Super cheap seat bolt mod.

We all know what a pain it is removing the right hand side panel with a coin to access the allen key needed remove the seat bolts, and also how expensive the custom thumb screws are to replace them.
I found these on ebay ...

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1308102290...84.m1439.l2649

They arrived this morning. Using the existing nuts and washers they work a treat. Even better is you get FOUR of them

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Old 12-18-2012, 05:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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those look nice
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Old 12-18-2012, 05:54 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Better than expected and they don't stick out as far as the stockers. It looks like they've all been sold, hopefully they'll list more.

Update - More listed here -

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/4-Thumb-Sc...item1e758f2d76

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Old 12-18-2012, 07:37 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I think I saw some at Lowes the other day. I just haven't taken mine in yet to check to see if they are the right size.
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On the other hand, the after-market ones look nice, and don't jump up and shout, "Unscrew me!", to passers=by of ill intent.

And why would you need to go to ebay for thumbscrews?
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Old 12-19-2012, 03:00 AM   #6 (permalink)
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On the other hand, the after-market ones look nice, and don't jump up and shout, "Unscrew me!", to passers=by of ill intent.

And why would you need to go to ebay for thumbscrews?
in the uk you can be pretty limited in terms of hardware stores-homebase and b and q are the big ones- range is limited prices are higher -ebay is usually cheaper and has a wider more accesible range
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Old 12-19-2012, 08:05 AM   #7 (permalink)
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+1, and when you live in a village way out of town it takes time and money to visit such stores.

IMO they look better then the originals and at 20 mm shorter they're less visible to passers with ill intent...that's if there were such people where I live.
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Old 12-19-2012, 08:26 AM   #8 (permalink)
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how would you put a washer on these?
And why get 4?
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After I lost one of my seat bolts on the track, I decided to replace both with zip ties. Been doing it ever since. Need a set of needle-nose pliers to get under your seat and a pair of new zip ties each time you get in there, but it's still far easier than the stock bolts and more secure than the aftermarket.
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The originals have a nut and two washers which I presume are to adjust the length they stick out. The thumb screws are shorter anyway so I guess the washers aren't needed. I screwed the nut right up the end to act as a stop.

Why get 4 ? - Because they sell them in fours !!! It will be to do with ebay listing fees and commission on small quantities of low priced items.
Two on the bike and two spare seems like a good idea to me.

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