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Removing the fake guage face bolt

Old 03-21-2016, 07:02 PM
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Removing the fake guage face bolt

Who's removed the fake bolt from the face of their pre-2001 gauges? How'd you get it out? Mine seems to be epoxied in. Did you use acetone or something to loosen it?

Stephan, are you out there? I know you removed yours.
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Old 03-25-2016, 06:42 AM
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I drilled out the center from the face side and then disposed the rest.
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Old 03-25-2016, 02:36 PM
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Dude, it just pushes right out. It became the perfect place for me to put my red blinky light to show wrongdoers I had an alarm armed.

Isnt it an allen head? Put in an allen and twist.
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Old 03-25-2016, 02:59 PM
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I suspect epoxy not because I have a sixth epoxy sense, but because it won't budge. Won't push out, won't twist out. I've exerted enough pressure that I'm afraid the housing is going to deform and crack.

Maybe with a used gauge it comes right out due to repeated heating / freezing cycles breaking the adhesive bond over time, but I'm working with a brand new front cover.

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I tried to remove mine when I got my bike and it was not budging. I could feel the allen head starting to strip to I left it alone.
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Old 03-25-2016, 09:26 PM
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Heat the "fastner" with a larger sized soldering gun or iron.. after a bit of heat, put a hex bit in and twist if it does not budge, heat more.
It is just pressed into place best I can tell.

I removed one from the brand new cover I bought last year so I could mount a gear position indicator and pass the wire through the hole ..Id like to say I used the above technique to finesse the faux bolt out .... but I really put a hex bit on one 3/8 impact gun and just spun it out using brute force.
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Old 03-25-2016, 10:33 PM
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The body of the "bolt" is just a knurled surface. I agree with the heat method to loosen it but mine just twisted out. You just gotta want it bad enough. I just was so sick of looking at it and needed the space.

Can someone fire off a letter to Honda and ask "why"?
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Originally Posted by smokinjoe73 View Post

Can someone fire off a letter to Honda and ask "why"?
Done. The responce I got was "we just wanted to mess with SmokinJoe hahaha." It seems that their plan for world domination and irritation has come to fruition.
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Really? Geesh. I mean all this time I have been such a staunch supporter of them. I mean what with all my SmokinJoe street jackets and race leathers. Even my bikes. Man talk about unappreciated.

The other way I solved the problem of that bolt was to swap over to a CBR600rr complete dash. Even gained me a fuel guage.

But I am still against that bolt. Down with the bolt!
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Bolt's out. Thanks guys. I applied some heat like e. suggested and that loosened it right up. I had thought of doing that to loosen whatever adhesive was at play, but decided to wait for the forum's input first.

Thanks Joe for clarifying that there is no adhesive in use, just a knurled surface holding the pressed-in faux fastener.

Joe, give me your ship to. I'm sending you the "bolt".

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Hahaha.... I was thinking if we all sent them to Honda it would make a real statement..
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