Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA
Clutch Spring Retainer Bolt Alternative
So I was replacing the rusty clutch springs on my '95 SP with stainless ones when I found out that someone in the bike's past had stripped almost all of the little spring retainer bolts. (I understand that this is pretty common).
A set of left-handed drill bits helped me get them out fairly easily, but I wanted to replace them with something less likely to pose the same problem in the future.
I've read that oil or anti-seize on the threads can help, but I've had a lot of bad experiences with hex screws over the years and wanted to make super-sure this wasn't going to happen again. I like trying to find a Torx alternative, since those don't strip nearly as easily.
So I found these on McMaster: https://www.mcmaster.com/catalog/125/3098
(part # 90991A129)
Same bolt, but stainless steel (no rust) and with a Torx head. Way less likely to strip out next time I need to remove the bolts.
Figured I'd throw it up here in case anyone was interested in an alternative to the stock bolt.