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    Stripped bolts

    So I was trying to lower my backrest on my Zra series 1 and I managed to get one of the Allen bolts out but in the process of trying to get the other one out I managed to strip the bolt. So now I have no clue how to get it out. Any suggestions?
    Last edited by SequinScandal; 03-24-2013 at 12:42 PM.

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    Yes, do you have a pair of Visegrip pliers?
    Last edited by chasmengr; 03-23-2013 at 09:21 PM.
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    I believe so. Do you think I can grip the bolt with those and try to unscrew it? I just don't think I'm going to be able to get a good grip

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    Depending on how tight the screw is, it can be tricky but doable. Just grip it as tight as possible. If you can't get a good grip on the head of the screw, you could try and take a dremel and cut a slot in the head. Then unscrew it with a flathead screwdriver. If that doesn't work, then there are tools out there to remove it.

    I think they sell something similar at Lowes or Home Depot. In the past, I just cut the head off and drill out the shank. It's a little more work, but I didn't have to go out and buy a special tool.

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    Any kind of locking pliers will need to fit the location as well as be able to then move. There are needle-nose locking but these usually provide less leverage.

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    Sometimes if you strip an SAE head allen bolt you can try a metric head of next larger size and it will fit and be tight enough to loosen the bolt. You can also try a Torx (sometimes called Star TR) wrench, they are star shaped and may fit in your stripped bolt head. If this works then replace stripped head bolt asap after removal.

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    The stock TiLite bolts are crap, I don't know why they don't spend a couple pennies more and put higher quality ones in. I have replaced all the bolts in my Zra with ones from

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    If you don't have or want to buy some tools, take it to a local car mechanic or bike shop.

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    What would I need to buy to just cut it off? That sounds like the easiet option.

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    I added a photo dunno if it helps any

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