Keeping the muzzle pointed in a safe direction since 2008
Yup, probably purple "low-strength" thread locker.I use it occasionally... but I don't load the threads with it. Just a dab is enough.
Yeah, that stuff is mostly to prevent the bolt from backing out under vibration. I find cursing helps loosen it.
Ya want to put some back on, too.Otherwise, some day down the road you will be scouring Heaven and Earth looking for a replacement for that very, special, bolt.Ask me how I know this.;)
Is that bolt bent?
I'm with drjim - unless it's distortion from the camera lens, I'd say the bolt is slightly bent, which contributed to the removal difficulties. I'd suggest finding a straight replacement (plus a spare or two if it's an odd size or configuration, but it looks like just another socket head cap screw), and a matching tap to chase the threads with before re-installation.
I feel your pain. I finally got my sheet metal back from that lazy worthless painter that I took it to last December. I have been re-wiring and installing a fairing for the past 10 hours. Like others have said, a little goop to keep it from vibrating out. With my bike if it doesn't get locktite it gets anti-seize.
Yep, locktite and that sucker IS bent (or the camera lens is)...
Had a thought - Loctite can be defeated by heating to 400F, so if you have something secured with Loctite of any strength, and it can withstand heat, stick it in a 400-420F oven for long enough to get it hot all the way through and you'll be able to disassemble it easily when it cools. There are a few high temp flavors of Loctite that withstand heat to about 650F, but finding them outside of a specialized industrial application is rare.
This is why there are different color lock tites.Red is for something you never want to move again (without heat, like blowtorch level heat) Blue is what you use if you want to change it at some point
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