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post #11 of 60 (permalink) Old 05-15-2011, 04:15 PM
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True, but it's just one of those things that no matter how good you tighten them, knowing the potential if they did come loose it's worrisome. Enough locktite and i think then you can be pretty sure you're safe, but then will you be able to remove them when needed w/o stripping the heads. It's all about what happens if they do loosen, not how likely or unlikely it is. peace of mind basically. Stupid design IMO. I think the whole reason they didn't have the screws come from the outside is to give it a clean custom look to compete with harely's pristine build quality. I'll take a slightly less clean look anyday when it comes down to safety vs not.
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Did you check the length of the new screws? I wonder if they are shorter.
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It's hard to explain but you'll see if you ever take the fender off, but they can't be a different length. They won't work unless they are the exact same length. And I just put a new front tire on only about 2 weeks ago so I won't be able to install the new ones and compare till i need a new tire. But i really think the only difference is the locktite that the new ones come with. I'll be adding a bit of blue too when i install them.
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At the risk of sounding stupid (again) what if you bobbed the bike a bit and just removed the fender? Would that eliminate the problem?

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At the risk of sounding stupid (again) what if you bobbed the bike a bit and just removed the fender? Would that eliminate the problem?
That would do it.
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Cool- now will someone on the forum do that and post pictures of it so I can see what it looks like before I perform the amputation?

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A good way to keep an eye on your fender bolts is to put a very small dab of white (or any other color) paint on the side of the bolt head. Take a look once in a while and if that paint is still in the same place, then you know the bolt hasn't loosened any. Obviously, if the painted dab is in a different location then your bolt has begun to loosen. Then I think I'd get the wheel off and the bolts tightened.


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A good way to keep an eye on your fender bolts is to put a very small dab of white (or any other color) paint on the side of the bolt head. Take a look once in a while and if that paint is still in the same place, then you know the bolt hasn't loosened any. Obviously, if the painted dab is in a different location then your bolt has begun to loosen. Then I think I'd get the wheel off and the bolts tightened.
Not a bad idea. I may, tho i think once i put the new ones in which have red thread locker on them AND add some blue, my only worry is going to be getting them out ! But thats what i'm going to do next tire change.
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