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Yes ..another thread from me. :oops:

So, I've been waiting on my Rinehart black tips for like two weeks and they are sitting at the local post office since Monday, unsorted. I just cannot seem to get them. In short, the dealer today took a set off some pipes and sold me them. I'll give them mine when they come in to replace them then get a refund.

I get home excited ..easy peasy ...three allen bolts each. First one ....strip - they were so tight that the bolt gave in before the releasing of the bolt tension did. Allen was in there good and deep too - it actually made a big crack sound as if the bolt loosened ..but it did not. In short, I just ended up trashing the bolt and scratched the pipe up ...a total mess. LIke 4 hours into this too and I then find the bolt on the bottom does the same!

So to eBay I went to get new pipes with black tips this time. I will only need the left side since that's the one that got trashed. I'll sell the other one. So in this, I'll have 3 sets of black tips, a new set of pipes, one I don't need, 1 pipe that is messed up, and worse of all, hodge-podge configuration now that keeps me from riding.

What a damn(!!!) day I tell ya. Where's a damn bridge when you need one. :LOL:

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If you have a dremel, use a cutting disk and cut a slot in the bolt head. Then use a big slot screw driver you can get a wrench on too for some help, and see if it will unscrew that way. But that's a lame happening to have them strip. Super frustrating, I know. I lucked out with the pipes I put on mine, they were still basically new and not rust or grit or salt or whatever else to sit and heat and cool so much to make them a pain to take off. I took the tips off my stage 1 exhaust and put them on the Tabs I got. Had to file the hole a little bit to squeeze in the little allen head bolts to install the old tips. gman's recommendation is good too if you can't get a slot or get them off.
 
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Many of the fasteners used on exhaust is basic carbon steel, due to the extreme heat causes massive oxidation and these parts are likely to seize. Recommend using a penetrating lubricant to loosen up these fasteners prior to trying to remove them. This is why Anti-seize products are applied to high temp fasteners for this reason.
 

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+1. PB Blaster and WD 40 Specialist are two good ones to use before. Spray on and let soak for 10 min. If you try the Dremel/screwdriver trick, you can use a "freeze" spray on the bolt to help it "shrink" a tiny bit and may help loosen it up.
 

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Shit happens. Pull the pipes and drill & tap as the others suggested. Anything on exhaust should get lubed & lighty tapped with a hammer to help free it up first. Good luck.
 
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I have Kroil and Liquid Wrench, but my go to penetrating oil is equal parts of acetone and GM ATF. It works as good (if not better) and it's cheaper.

 

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Thanks for all the great advice here. Everyone is so helpful, just again. Next time I add some copper-based silicone/grease into the screw holes before putting the screws back in. If I hadn't been such an ass and scratched the pipe after getting more aggressive after finding out the second screw was seized I'd be much better off. This is all part of an overall bigger effort so I'll put a pic up when everything is done. Just because ..pics rule!
 

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I don’t know if this is what happened in your case, but I’m finding that Indian loc-tights almost all outside bolts, making them really hard to get off, leading to possible stripping. I had the same problem putting on a Lloyd’z air cleaner. What should be the easiest part, taking off the cover on the stock air cleaner, turned into a nightmare because 2 of the 3 Allen bolt heads were stripped. I eventually had to Dremel the heads off just to get the damn outer cover off. No idea why Indian does this.
 

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I don’t know if this is what happened in your case, but I’m finding that Indian loc-tights almost all outside bolts, making them really hard to get off, leading to possible stripping. I had the same problem putting on a Lloyd’z air cleaner. What should be the easiest part, taking off the cover on the stock air cleaner, turned into a nightmare because 2 of the 3 Allen bolt heads were stripped. I eventually had to Dremel the heads off just to get the damn outer cover off. No idea why Indian does this.
I agree. All they would really have to do is add some copper grease to the bolt before it's put in everywhere. As you know, this will never happen because it's against their best financial interest.
 
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