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H&B Sheared Bolt

Recently I was riding my V and all of a sudden the bike started to vibrate more, especially in the foot pegs. After a quick inspection of the bike it looked like one of the small bolts that attached the H&B crash bars, had vibrated out.


I'm talking about the small bolt to the left.

As it turns out the bolt just broke off. I don't have the proper tools to remove broken bolt, so I improvised. I drilled out the broken tip of the bolt as much as I could with out damaging the threads. Then I jammed a square head screw driver bit into the hole. With my electric drill it easily backed out the remainder of the bolt. I planned on using a stainless steel bolt to replace the broken one and it's partner but I had to order them. So as temporary fix I purchased the strongest bolt Fastenal had on hand.

I'd suggest anyone with H&B bars to swap out the bolts with stainless steel ones.


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Good tip. Mine did that too.

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Must be a common problem with H&B, mine sheared off also.

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If you don't mind me asking, where did your order the stainless steel ones form? None of the local stores have any bolts that match.
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Your answer is BoltDepot.com I have used this source many times and they carry the button head bolts common to the Versys.
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before replacing with stainless it may be worth while checking to make certain that the design of the bolts isn't inherent to the function of the engine baqrs under load. they do seem to 'ping' apart easily which makes me wonder if they are designed to pop to stop overloading the engine structure.
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I ordered my bolts from Fastenal. I ordered the bolts from one of their brick and mortar stores.

I forgot to mention I meant to loctite these bolts but I never got around to it. Now I'm glad that I didn't because that would have made it much harder to remove the tip of the bolt.


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I replaced mine and it broke too. It was put in with Loctite and I put tie-wraps around the H B bar and frame to cut down on vibration but no help.

Now I just leave the tie wraps on and electrical tape on the broken screw to keep the stem from backing out.

Alloy steel is the strongest screw metal and stainless steel is weaker by far.

H B's design is "screwy" by attaching to such a weak screw at the rear.
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My right side H&B bolt also broke off after only a few miles of riding. I replaced it with a grade 8 bolt. Hopefully that will hold fine. I'm not too worried about it affecting the engine frame at all...
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Same gig here...Broke the right side off...Got it out, promptly put another in and broke that off too...Said screw it, epoxyed the bar to the broken off bolt stem and it hasn't moved sense...

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