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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-22-2019, 03:55 PM Thread Starter
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Seized bar ends

I purchased my 2017 AT used, and I'm quickly finding that the previous owner (or shop) overtightened everything they touched. I think they seized the bar end bolts after installing Oxford heated grips. I'd like to change the hand guards and add a throttle rocker, but the bar ends are absolutely seized. I've tried penetrating lubricant, heating, an air ratchet, a breaker bar and hammer, and have struggled with it for hours. I can see the bolt is starting to strip so I've stopped and am trying to evaluate what to do. Anyone else struggle to get bar ends off and find a clever solution?
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-23-2019, 05:23 AM
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If you’ve tried all that they’re probably not going to come out without a big fight.
From factory they come with red thread lock which was hard to break but you seem to have a bigger problem. Might have to drill it out at some point.
If you strip the bolt, use a dremel to make a new one or a straight slit and then try again
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-23-2019, 11:55 PM Thread Starter
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It took penetrating lube from the inner side between the handlebar and bar end cover, vice grips locked onto the outer rim of the allen bolt, and a hammer on the vice grips for quite some time to finally break it free. I was forced to chew the vice grips into the rim of the bar end bolt to finally get it to budge, noting the price of a new bolt was only $8 before doing so haha. Thankfully I didn't strip the allen socket so now things thread in and out easily. I have no idea what they torqued it to when they changed the grips, but it felt like the entire bike was going to twist into the air rather than the bolt coming free.

If anyone else runs into this problem, let me know and I can take some pictures of the areas I used to get it free.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-24-2019, 04:44 AM
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Try to heat the bar end with a hairdryer, then put the allen wrench into the screw and hit with a hammer. Finally turn the screw. Try not to burn the plastic parts and grips. You can cover it with a wet towel before.
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