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Hi,
I just got my aluminum hand grips and realized after trying to install on my GTS that I must have stripped three of the five tiny allen screws on the throttle side. This makes it very difficult because the grip slips which allows the throttle disengage.
A. How do you recommend I get the screws out of the handgrip?
B. Where could I buy replacement screws?
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It's all about leverage and having the correct size allen key, and enough leverage to get the bolts out. . If you stripped them, was it cause you were using the wrong size ? (e.g too small)?

Google Dr.bolts...They should have the allen screws you need.
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Sorry for the lack of sympathy expressed (I do have some), but that is classic.

Strip one? Unfortunate.
Strip two? Careless.


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Re: Problems with aluminum handgrip installation
kisgolden wrote:
Hi,
I just got my aluminum hand grips and realized after trying to install on my GTS that I must have stripped three of the five tiny allen screws on the throttle side. This makes it very difficult because the grip slips which allows the throttle disengage.
A. How do you recommend I get the screws out of the handgrip?
B. Where could I buy replacement screws?
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Thanks for all your help guys Laughing emoticon

It was nice to get such positive feedback for a mistake that could have happened to anyone. Seeing as I only used the tool they included with the grips and still ended up with stripped screws.
Well I manage to get them out with an extractor tool. Now I just need to find some screws to replace the stripped ones with.
If anyone has any positive suggestions I'm all ears.
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Take them with you to your local hardwear store and try and match them the best you can. Try to get one that has a higher tensile strength. No matter what anyone says we've all stripped a bolt or 2 in our lives.
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Thanks Josh, at least someone appears human on this thread. Wow I thought I was asking for help and not asking to be raked over the coals.
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It's the internet. No one has a soul and their mouse hand is strong
What, What!

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Don't use that allen wrench that came with the grips, it was my problem. I used a better allen wrench after stripping the first one and didn't have the problem again.
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You're in luck. There's a place right here in the Bay Area that probably has exactly what you need (in terms of the screws). It's called Olander, and it's in Sunnyvale a few blocks off one of the expressways. I've been there 3 times, and they've never let me down. Just take one of the existing screws with you and say, "I need 5 of these."

The finish may not be identical on the replacements, but I can almost guarantee you they will have the correct thread and length screw.

www.olander.com
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Ah! i see what you problem is... you've spelled ALUMINIUM wrong, you've missed out the I, as we all know you should allways use your I's when working on stuff.

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